Job opening: DFT method/software developer

SCM is a growing and profitable scientific software company in Amsterdam, developing and marketing software in computational quantum chemistry and materials science for over 25 years. We have grown quite rapidly to around 20 developers over the last few years. To support our further growth, we now create a job opening with intention of permanent employment for a DFT method developer as scientific software developer. Together with our current ADF, BAND and DFTB developers, you will work on extending the functionality, speed and user-friendliness of our electronic structure theory codes which are used by thousands of industrial and academic end users around the world.

Job requirements

  • PhD in theoretical solid state physics or theoretical chemistry, or equivalent experience, with excellent mathematics and programming skills
  • Significant experience in method and software development in large scientific software packages.
  • Thorough understanding of Density Functional Theory (DFT)
  • Experience in using software development tools such as version control, debuggers, profilers, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience with Fortran (as well as python).

Desirable knowledge and experience

  • Experience in high-performance computing infrastructure and compute cluster configuration: e.g. job schedulers, MPI implementations, optimized libraries, …
  • Experience with other programming languages and modern software development practices in general.

We will primarily consider experienced applicants but may also consider suitable candidates who are finishing their PhD (or in exceptional cases even MSc) soon, in case they have a suitable backgrounds and talents.

What we offer

  • This position will initially be for one year but is intended to be extended and become permanent.
  • The position is available immediately but there is flexibility concerning the starting date.
  • Competitive salary related to experience, bonus, as well as relocation costs and secondary benefits (including ABP pension fund)
  • 34 holidays per year on top of national holidays.
  • Flexible working hours and the ability to occasionally work remotely.
  • This is a full-time (preferred) or part-time (at least 0.7 FTE) position based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Tax benefits (30% of salary tax-free) are often applicable in The Netherlands (depending on circumstances) for a successful candidate from abroad.

The working environment at SCM

The friendly working atmosphere at SCM is that of an informal small team of PhD-level researchers and scientific software developers doing intellectually challenging work. This environment provides much freedom and responsibility for shaping your own work. Originating as a spin-off company of the VU University, Amsterdam, SCM has its office space on the VU campus, at walking distance from the Amsterdam-Zuid train station. We also extensively collaborate with a growing number of academic groups and household-name industrial partners worldwide.

SCM is a science-focused company which has been around for more than 25 years. It is financially solid, free of debt, growing, and profitable. We are located in Amsterdam, the very lively, internationally oriented, and enjoyable capital of The Netherlands. Thanks to its high quality of living and dynamism, Amsterdam has been elected as best European tech city and 4th most dynamic European city to work in, “best city for Millennials to live”, and it consistently ranks high in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living surveys (11th best in the world, in 2019). The Netherlands is also number one on the English proficiency list of 100 countries.

Further information, applying

Detailed information on SCM and its software can be found at

Those interested in this position are encouraged to contact us at [email protected] for further information. Job applications can be sent by email to the same address until 31 January, 2021, but preferably sooner, or until the position has been filled. Applications should contain a CV, a cover letter explaining the motivation for applying and, if applicable, a list of software projects worked on (with own contribution specified). References and source code may be requested at a later stage. The accompanying email should briefly stress already a few key reasons why you might be the most suitable person for the position.

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