Vacancy First Line Helpdesk Employee

As a First Line Helpdesk Employee, you are the first point of contact for customers with a question or problem with our ICT infrastructure. In this challenging and varied position, you support end-users of the SURF research facilities, such as the supercomputers and our cloud solution.

It may well be that at some point, you are working on five different problems at the same time. How do you maintain an overview, and how do you set priorities? Thanks to your strong organizational ability, you succeed excellently!

  • Working and thinking level: mbo/hbo level
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Number of hours: 24 -32 hours
  • Closing date: 30 September 2021

About SURF and the Helpdesk Research team

SURF is the ICT cooperation organization for Dutch education and research. SURF works together with educational and research institutions on ICT facilities and ICT innovation to make optimal use of the opportunities of digitization.

Within SURF, the Research Services department is responsible for data management services and holds expertise in supercomputing and cloud solutions. The Helpdesk Research team performs first-line standard operating procedures, such as adding and processing accounts and has a significant role in analyzing and solving user questions. It is a small team that has a team meeting every other week in which knowledge is shared, and practical matters are discussed.

What does the position entail?

In this position, your analytical skills are called upon in excellent terms, and you should quickly analyse the customer's problem by asking the right questions. As a Helpdesk Employee, you help the user on his way again by solving or escalating the situation. This can only be achieved by carefully following established procedures. Of course, in addition to the colleagues from your own team, you have a group of colleagues (the system advisors) who are available as a second-line helpdesk to engage with more complex questions.

What exactly are you going to do?

  • Answering questions from users about accounts, resources, use of the user interface;
  • Escalating tickets to second- and third-line helpdesk (advisors and system administrators);
  • Creation of new projects and accounts (via user interface or command line);
  • Processing tickets in JIRA/Topdesk;
  • Processing project and account information in the project administration.

We ask

  • Relevant technical education at mbo/hbo level;
  • Passion for supercomputing and/or ICT;
  • Knowledge of and experience with JIRA Service Desk Software;
  • Knowledge of and experience with Topdesk;
  • Knowledge of and experience with command-line tools;
  • You speak and write excellent Dutch and English.

Candidates for this position have the problem-solving ability, can work well both independently and in a team. In addition, they are eager to continue learning so that the necessary knowledge remains up to date

We offer

  • A varied and challenging job for 24 hours – 32 hours (0,6 – 0.8 FTE) in an informal and collegial atmosphere with a high level of ambition;
  • SURF offers extensive training opportunities and excellent secondary employment conditions;
  • This position has a salary range of €2.308 to € 4,036 gross based on full-time;
  • 8,33% holiday pay, a fixed end-of-year allowance of 8,33%;
  • 36 vacation days per year (based on a 40-hour working week);
  • An NS-Businesscard 1 class;
  • Our Amsterdam office is located at the Amsterdam Science Park, with good public transport facilities nearby. Our Utrecht office is located within walking distance of Utrecht Central Station;
  • The appointment is in the first instance based on an annual contract, intending to convert this into permanent employment after one year in case of good functioning and the same operating conditions.


Send your motivation and CV to Claudia Behnke by 30 September 2021 at

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