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     Date Submitted:10-12-2010
     Last Modified:10-12-2010 (07:40)
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     Current job:Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services

    Employment History



    2009-          Software Engineer ESA - INTEGRAL, Madrid  (


             The Integral Science Operations Centre (ISOC) employs several astronomers and two software engineers to perform the scientific operation of the gamma ray space telescope INTEGRAL.


    My role is to maintain and develop software solutions used in the ISOC team. Mission critical is the planning software, used by scientist to direct the spacecraft’s observation activity each 3-day orbit. Associated to this is a web application to allow the scientific community to see the current planning state. The planning system is tightly integrated with the communications infrastructure to the control centre and the flight dynamics software for orbital calculations.


    Every year the ISOC provides software tools to enable the community to submit scientific proposals for the coming cycle of observations using INTEGRAL’s instruments. The tools are partly stand-alone and partly web based applications for a large number of users as well as an online rating application used by the committee that have the final say in the acceptance of these proposals.


    The software team is also responsible for the computing environment’s life cycle planning  and supports the local scientific data archive efforts.


    A total of 15 separate applications fall under our responsibility, and involves the Java platform, Oracle and MySQL databases, PHP and both Linux and Solaris.


    2005-2009  Software Architect for Chess IT, Haarlem (


             The iBusiness division provides software development services to a range of industries, building custom applications from requirements analysis to deployment. In the s/w architect role, I have managed the following recent projects.


    KNVB Ticketing: designing the central ticketing application for the Dutch soccer association. Key features: online ticket sales in high volumes, access control and security aspects for high-risk soccer matches.


    ZorgTTP: trusted third party services in health care. I designed several security enhancements to satisfy yearly governmental audits in version 2 of the central module. Project lead for a programme to reduce both cost and time-to-market for connecting new so-called routes. Key features: privacy protection, encryption technology, huge volume data processing.


    SDU: national passport application service station’s user interface s/w. Implementing several Spring Webflow based conversations regarding user management. Key features: strict access control.


    Meetingpoint: online insurance registration application for intermediaries. A subscription based CRM and policy registration application. Service bus design in Mule ESB. Key features: integrating separate 3rd party CRM application with an insurance application in SOA style.


    ESA: Integral Ground Segment software development at ESAC. Key features: Maintaining mission critical observation planning and scheduling s/w, proposal submission software tools.


    Other projects: Webshop Dutch Birdlife, ING eLease, and car lease, Pathe Cinemas subscription system.  


    2004–2005Implementation Consultant for Centric Locus, Almere (


    Responsible for customizing the Warehouse Management System to the customer’s requirements and implementing the system on site.


    1998-2004  Compiler Engineer for ACE, Amsterdam (


    Developing components in CoSy, a compiler generation system for C/C++ compilers, targeting embedded systems and Digitial Signal Processors.



    Technology skills


    Java: Spring IoC, MVC, Webflow, Mule ESB, Hibernate and Ibatis, Swing, OSGi, Velocity, Axis and CXF, Tomcat 5.x., Tapestry Tools: Eclipse, maven 1 and 2, Yourkit Profiler, Artifactory, soapUI.


    Database: Oracle 9, 10, MySQL, MS SQLServer, Postgres.


    Other: Microsoft Windows 2003 Server and XP, Strong UNIX skills, C and C++ programming.




    2010Master class Java Technology by Brian Goetz

    2009Introduction to JavaFX Programming

    2005Oracle DBA Fundamentals I & II


    1998Master of Computer Science, Technical University Eindhoven

    1991VWO, Dr. Schaepman college Dongen

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