VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee in Machine Learning in Material Process Industry

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology / passionate about business and people? 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. In recent years, we have created ground-breaking innovations such as the world's fastest and most accurate radiation detector, a cancer-sniffing sensor device for smartphones, and a headphone set entirely made of microbial materials. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be our next Research Trainee in our ProperTune Integration team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer! 

As a Research Trainee, your key goals are to work with the ProperTune Integration team with subjects related to the development of digital twins, optimization of material flows, and the development of new machine learning-based tools for process controls. In this position, you will have an essential role in a selected research project and in helping to further develop digital twins for material processing. This traineeship will be part of an effort to the development of AI-driven process, refining, and production optimization methods for the mine-to-market value chain toward increased productivity and sustainability. The work will combine machine learning with control engineering, and first-principles modeling and simulation.

Our team, ProperTune Integration works on artificial intelligence and machine learning for online perception and operating mode optimization in the process industry, as well as materials acceleration platform, using computational methods to develop new and improved materials for a sustainable future. To support high throughput experimental materials development and high throughput modelling-based materials development, our team concentrates on data-based approaches to fasten materials discovery and optimization using various ML and AI methods. 

What would your responsibilities as a Research Trainee include?

  • Develop new insights with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand the interactions between the variables necessary for improved operational knowledge and performance
  • Develop various surrogate (digital twin) modeling solutions with Python software covering selected equipment, process stages, and processes. The methodology is based on data-driven machine learning methods, possibly utilizing first-principles physics and chemistry modeling and simulation for producing synthetic training data.
  • Reporting the findings from the work to the team in written and spoken form.

Who we are looking for?

  • You are studying artificial intelligence/machine learning or control/simulation engineering for a Master’s degree and already have passed the candidate phase.
  • We expect you to have basic skills either in machine learning and understand the workflow to develop robust models, or control engineering and eagerness to learn how to utilise machine learning-based tools in process control.
  • Basic knowledge of Python programming language.
  • Your English skills allow for fluent reporting of the findings during the trainee period.

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 ProperTune Integration 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 Marko Mäkipää, marko.makipaa@vtt.fi, +358 45 6788723  on January 10 at 13:00-14:00 or January 23 at 13:00-14:00.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Espoo (Otaniemi) or Tampere

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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: Espoo (Otaniemi) or Tampere

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