Software R&D Engineer

AV Preservation by is seeking to recruit an experienced software research and development engineer to join its small, highly skilled team.

Your responsibilities

  • codec and container programming
  • develop and implement look-up tables for conservation and restoration
  • maintain and upgrade existing software, in close collaboration with equipment specialists and end-users
  • develop tools for digitisation, preservation and restoration
  • emulation of old software and operating systems
  • research and teaching

Your qualifications

  • extensive knowledge of C (not C++, C# or Objective C) is a must
  • knowledge of Bash is a must
  • experience with x86-64 assembly and Perl is desirable, but not required
  • knowledge of Linux is a must
  • experience with macOS and Windows is desirable, but not required
  • experience with multimedia tools such as FFmpeg desirable, but not required
  • knowledge of colour theory is a must
  • experience with historic and modern video technology is desirable, but not required
  • proficiency in one Swiss language (German, French, Italian or Romansh) is required

We are looking for

  • an organised, structured and rigorous person with strong analytical thinking and showing autonomy and curiosity
  • ability to work independently as well as part of a team, with proven success in performing the constraints of both resources and timeframes
  • willing to travel and work aboard during 4–6 weeks per year, in very diverse cultures and situations
  • ability to find innovative low-technology and low-energy solutions in difficult environments

We offer

  • an on-going, full-time position (40 hours per week), commencing in Autumn 2017 (but starting no later than 1st January 2018), based in Écublens (a suburb of Lausanne), Switzerland
  • as a policy, all our employees are remunerated equally. Currently we do offer a salary of 74 750 CHF/year. Please remember that the cost of living in Switzerland is high
  • all current Swiss social benefits and health insurance are provided
  • as a policy, all our employees are encouraged to attend conferences for two weeks per year, at the company’s expense, in addition to the 4-6 weeks work-related travel above


Applicants should submit electronically a letter describing their interest in historic and modern colour reproduction along with their resume. Closing date for applications is 1st September 2017. Applicants will be informed by 15th September 2017 if they have been selected for an interview. In-person interviews are preferred, but Skype is also possible.

Please note that applicants must have obtained or be eligible to obtain a valid work permit in Switzerland.

Please feel free to contact Reto Kromer or Joshua Levy if you have any further questions about this position.