VTT Summer of Changemakers: Maritime Systems

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. Apply now for VTT Summer of Changemakers 2023 traineeships. Together, we can turn these challenges into a hopeful future.

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2100 brilliant minds from 50 different nationalities is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

We are now looking for a Research Trainee for Maritime Systems and Automation to join our Sustainable Shipping team. 

As a Research Trainee at Sustainable Shipping, you will participate in smart shipping projects, developing methods for operational efficiency improvements and safety-critical maritime systems. In this position, you will have an essential role in ship simulator development. After the trainee period, there is a possibility to continue working on a Master's thesis. 

Our Sustainable Shipping research team works on topical issues of decarbonization and digitalization of maritime transportation. The goal is to improve energy efficiency and safety of seaborne transportation. 

The team consists of experts in; ship hydrodynamics computational modelling, energy system modelling and optimization, structural vibration and underwater acoustics modelling, and ship navigation modelling and environmental impacts from shipping.

Read more about our research: Sustainable Shipping projects   

What would your responsibilities as a Research Trainee include?

  • You can apply your programming skills to implement models of maritime IT and automation systems
  • You will be developing methodologies and tools for performing verification and validation actions of safety-critical ship systems
  • You can be participating in onboard sensor and ship data system collection.

Who we are looking for?

  • You are studying Information Technology, Automation, Electrical Engineering, or Maritime Technology
  • It is an asset if you have programming skills in e.g., Python, Matlab, Visual Studio, C++, etc. 
  • Familiarity with data communication protocols and technologies is a plus
  • You have knowledge of system architecture planning and system model implementation
  • You are interested in learning about ship energy, electricity, and navigation systems.

Experience in project or customer work is an asset. The ability to apply theoretical understanding to create practical solutions will be highly appreciated.

As a person, we hope that you:

  • Have an interest in maritime technologies
  • Want to act as a team member in a project environment
  • Have good communication skills in spoken and written English. 

The ideal VTT Changemaker is a curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges. We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are also a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive positive impact in the world.

What would we offer you?

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organisation, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, your skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2100 experts representing more than 50 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. With us, you get to take on meaningful projects and create innovative scientific and technical solutions as part of our Sustainable Shipping team. We treat all employees as equals and give you real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.

What is like to work with us solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check from the video what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella had from their summer traineeships and what kind of change did they drive.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application with your transcript of records via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 5 February 2023. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date and length of the traineeship can be discussed. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Please read more of VTT Summer of Changemakers from here: https://www.vttresearch.com/en/summer-changemakers

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Teemu Manderbacka, teemu.manderbacka@vtt.fi.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (Summer traineeship)


VTT is one of Europe's leading research organisations, a visionary innovation partner for businesses and society. We bring hope to the world by turning the greatest challenges of our time into sustainable growth with cutting-edge science and technology. We employ a community of over 2100 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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Location: Otaniemi, Espoo

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