Software Developer (100%)

FORS is the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences. We implement large-scale national and international surveys, offer data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conduct methodological and thematic research. FORS acquire, document, preserve and disseminate high quality quantitative and qualitative data and research information in conformity with national and international standards. We also make these data and services known and promote a research culture of data sharing and secondary analysis for the social sciences in Switzerland. FORS activities are co-financed by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and its host institution, the University of Lausanne.

To strengthen our IT team, we are looking for a

Software Developer

Are you an enthusiastic, talented and experienced software engineer, at ease with the latest web technologies and OOP? Are you willing to take a role in the design and implementation of the next generation of web applications and infrastructures used by different research communities? Then join FORS IT group and take part in one of the most incredible research infrastructure developments.

Job Description

  • Work on all phases of application development (conception, development, testing and bug fixing, deployment, maintenance).
  • Write architecture and design documents as well as technical specifications.
  • Perform peer reviews of solution designs and related code.
  • Share domain and technical expertise with other developers and teams.


  • Diploma or MSc in software engineering (university of applied sciences or equivalent).
  • Minimum 2 years of web software development experience.
  • Extensive experience in object-oriented design and development, with focus on web applications.
  • Proven experience in Python programming language.
  • Experience with Django REST framework.
  • Practical experience with JavaScript frameworks (Angular2+ preferred).
  • Demonstrated relevant experience in database design.
  • Ability to collect needs of users and to manage different phases of a software development.
  • Ability to work with users and co-developers to understand and improve development practices.
  • English, spoken and written.
  • Additional experience in following fields would be an asset: Agile methodologies (SCRUM), Django, Typescript, HTML5, REST APIs, Microservices, Big data, Docker/Kubernetes, MySQL, TDD/BDD, Data archiving.

Interpersonal skills

  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Proactive, autonomous, and self-motivated
  • Working in team: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: keeping up-to-date with developments in own field of expertise and readily absorbing new information; sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching junior developers.
  • Achieving results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations.

Other benefits

  • Latest tech stack – Angular2+, Typescript, Python, REST APIs, Docker/Kubernetes, Microservices.
  • Agile methodologies and new working methods.
  • Support in learning and building your skills (attend conferences and trainings).
  • Friendly, stress less, environment.
  • Beautiful surroundings and quality infrastructure.
  • Wide activities for improving the health and well-being.
  • Generous retirement plan.
  • Flexible work schedule.

Start date

By agreement.

For more information you may also contact the head of group IT, Mrs Bojana Tasic:

Please submit your application in English (CV including monthly details, copies of degrees,
motivation letter) to the following address: –> postes administratifs or by clicking here. Only candidates who meet minimum requirements and submit all required documentation will be considered.