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Application Developer (4896, L5)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.
We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators,committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Serco and Proud - Make a difference every day.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Application Developer, based in Ispra.

Role Responsibility


The Candidate will be expected to contribute to all the tasks listed below:

Data Extraction

Analysis of format and content of ad hoc open data sets related to demography, mobility and migration at different spatial and temporal scales. This implies the study of ways to collect the data such as though dedicated services/APIs, ftp or generic web repositories. This is followed by the analysis of the data format that could be CSV, tables, PDF, HTML, XML, JSON etc. This activity may entail the automatic conversion of source files into usable formats.

Data Transformation

Once collected, it is necessary to understand the structure of the data and the represented information. If necessary the data may need to be manipulated in order to make different collections coherent and adapt the data types and information.

Data Loading

The data are eventually loaded into structured or unstructured database for migration. In case of unstructured data, this activity also includes the definition of the relevant metadata to characterise the associated tables/collections.

Routine Processes

Automatic tools to routinely perform the above described ETL activities once defined will be developed in order to allow researchers to work on the latest available data.

Creation and Maintenance of Documentation

Writing documentation related to the developments above using standard tools.

The Ideal Candidate


Knowledge and skills

General IT experience in developing web applications and JAVA applications:

  • Hands on experience with web application servers (Tomcat, Apache)
  • Experience with PostgreSQL and MongoDB, both at programming and administration level.
  • Programming Languages: J2EE, SQL, C++, Python, Shell scripting, Javascript, Typescript, Mongo shell
  • Web technologies:, JSON, REST, XHTML
  • Good knowledge of NodeJS runtime and programming model
  • Knowledge of data formats: XML, XSD, PDF, CSV, XLS, JSON
  • Very good knowledge on Linux servers and workstation
  • Knowledge of version control systems: Git
  • Knowledge of Visual Studio Code and NetBeans/Eclipse/Intellij IDEs
  • Experience with Matlab
  • Knowledge of GIS related technologies for some data handling: Geoserver, PostGIS
  • Knowledge of JIRA bug tracking software
  • Experience with ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) software

Specific expertise

  • J2EE development: 10 years
  • NodeJS development: 2 years
  • MongoDB and Postgres Database: 2 years



Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

For positions located within the Darmstadt Support Office please note that only applicants with no family affiliation within the Company will be considered.

Data Protection:

When creating a profile on the Serco Career Centre you agreed to the Data Protection policy, a copy is available upon request.

You may submit a written request revoking your consent to this agreement at any time.

Package Description

Excellent Salary 

Corporate Benefits Package 

Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

Further information available from the Serco Europe Recruitment Team

About the Company

Serco is one of the world’s largest providers of public services to Governments employing over 50,000 people in over 20 countries In Belgium and Luxembourg we work closely with the European Institutions providing crucial Services with over 220 staff members.

The services we provide are often of critical importance to the communities and nations we serve, Providing public services is one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers you can have, you have an ability to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and to your community and country.

As a business which delivers “front-line” public services, employing tens of thousands of people, we are constantly developing and promoting people; our need for skilled professionals is insatiable and few companies can offer as many opportunities for individuals to grow their careers

What connects the ever growing Serco workforce is a passion for delivering great service – To keep ahead we have to constantly evolve and enhance the way we deliver our services and everyone in Serco has a role to play here.

Serco provide the right environment to encourage ideas and a comprehensive Best Practice support network that enables them to put their ideas into action.

If you share our values then join with over 50,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you

A career with Serco offers the chance to work with both inspirational people and innovative contracts, in a dynamic and exciting environment.

We have a mandate to execute brilliantly and our people lead and inspire based on our core values, Trust, Care, Pride and Innovation.

Take pride in what you do.

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