N° Référence: ITD2018
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COST - IT Developer

Réf.: ITD2018

Position Responsibilities

  • The IT Developer primary responsibility is to provide development services across a range of business system solutions and technologies.
  • The IT Developer reports directly to the Head of Information Systems.
  • The successful candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
  • The position will involve:
    • Developing and maintaining applications and reporting systems / solutions, core database structures and technologies
    • Undertaking testing of system components, completing bug fixes and development enhancements
    • Providing development Support for application systems and solutions ensuring that incidents are dealt with in an accurate and timely fashion
    • Complying with and adhering to the documented quality standards and methods for development
    • Maintaining, improving and integrating in-house built software
    • Providing second and third level Support to the Cost Association IT Helpdesk
    • Contributing to the training of end users
    • Fulfilling other responsibilities and tasks as necessary for the good organisation of the office, as mandated by the Cost Association Director.


Profile and Competencies

  • University Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or at least 3 years of professional experience as IT developer on top of the required experience below.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in IT development
  • Knowledge of the European and national research structures and institutions
  • High standard of spoken and written English, knowledge of other European languages appreciated
  • Experience in academic or not-for-profit environment


Specific Competencies

  • Strong professional experience in PHP / LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL) and associated technologies such as JavaScript, JQuery, Ajax, XML and HTML
  • Proven professional experience in implementing SQL database solutions
  • Proven professional experience in Object Oriented programming, use of GIT and continuous integration, application of design patterns, compliancy to given coding standards and implementation using industry best practices
  • Experience working with Agile project team development environments is preferred
  • Experience with following frameworks / tools are a plus: Symfony, Composer, Doctrine, Docker, Atlassian suite (Jira, Bitbucket, Bamboo)
  • Knowledge of other programming languages is a plus


Other Competencies

  • Service-oriented attitude with strong sense of purpose and drive to make a meaningful contribution to the Cost mission
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, including diplomacy, discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong team work capacities and relationship building abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks and work well independently and collaboratively
  • Strong aptitude to offer interesting solutions to increase efficiency within the organisation
  • Adaptability to the changing environment
  • Proven presentation and communication skills
  • Commitment and accountability to deliver on allocated tasks as entrusted by the Head of Unit


The Cost Association offers

  • A full-time contract under the Belgian law
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • A European working environment located in Brussels
  • Unless a national of the 'EU and Eee', candidates must be eligible to work in Belgium and must have a work permit

Electronic applications (motivation letter with possible start date mentioned + CV in English and at least 2 recent reference letters in English) should be sent via the button below, mentioning the reference code Itd2018 in the subject line.

Please note that the Cost HR Team will only contact the candidates who are invited to the interview. No individual feedback will automatically be given to unsuccessful candidates.


The interviews will take place on 8th March 2018 for the 1st round.


Deadline for application: 25th February 2018 included


Data protection - All personal data provided by applicants will be dealt with in compliance with the law of 8 December 1992 concerning the protection of the private life with regards to the personal data processings transposing into Belgian law the provisions of the European directive 95/46.

Description société

COST - European CO-operation in Science and Technology - is a unique means for European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.

Based on a European intergovernmental framework, COST has contributed since its creation in 1971 to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. COST mission is to enable break-through scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributing to strengthen Europe's research and innovation capacities.

The COST Association is an international non-profit association based in Brussels with 36 European Member Countries; it integrates governance, management and support functions dedicated to COST activities aiming at enabling trans-European science and technology cooperation. The COST Association draws its funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, through specific Grant Agreements signed in the frame of a framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission.

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