Software engineer, Python developer (W/M)

  • EPFL
  • Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 25/08/2021
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics Software Engineering

Job Description

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Software engineer, Python developer (W/M)

Your mission :
The aim of the EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP), a Swiss brain research initiative founded and directed by Professor Henry Markram, is to establish simulation neuroscience as a complementary approach alongside experimental, theoretical and clinical neuroscience to understanding the brain, by building the world’s first biologically detailed digital reconstructions and simulations of the mouse brain.

To accelerate its scientific roadmap, BBP is building Blue Brain Nexus (, a knowledge graph system used by the BBP’s Data and Knowledge Engineering team to perform large-scale semantic and spatial (e.g. within Brain Atlases) data integration, search and analysis. To strengthen its Data and Knowledge Engineering team, BBP is looking for a: Software engineer, Python developer (W/M).Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Gather user needs and translate them into system design and implementation requirements
  • Design and implement systems to enable and facilitate large-scale data integration and access as well as graph analysis for BBP scientists,
  • As a team player, participate in the design and implementation of features in the BBP knowledge graph technology stack
  • Implement and deliver production quality code following best-practices for maintainable software development

Your profile :
Experience and preferred skills

  • Strong expertise in writing production-quality python software
  • Familiarity with REST services,
  • Experience with container technologies,
  • Agile software development, unit and integration testing.
  • Teamwork, team player

Experience in any of the following areas would be a plus

  • Graph analytics
  • Experience with workflow management systems,
  • Scalable data and graph analytics technologies (Spark),
  • Container orchestration technologies (kubernetes)


  • Master degree in software engineering or equivalent,
  • At least 3 years experience of software development,
  • English written and spoken.

We offer :

  • A world-recognized leader in simulation-based research in neuroscience
  • A dynamic, multidisciplinary, international and collaborative working environment committed to benefitting the global community
  • A modern working environment, based at the Biotech Campus in Geneva Sécheron

Start date :
As soon as possible

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account