VTT Summer of Changemakers: Summer Trainee, AI analytics for smart cities and intelligent buildings

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you passionate about how AI can help people make better and more informed decisions? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle some of 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.

Do you want to be our next summer trainee in our Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

As a summer trainee, your key goals are to learn, understand, and use AI to support smart cities and intelligent building analytics. In this position, you will have an essential role in testing and developing different data analytics and AI solutions for energy-efficient buildings.

Our team, Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings works on challenges related to a transition towards energy-efficient, circular, carbon-neutral, resilient, and liveable buildings, districts, and cities. Some of our solutions to these challenges focus on understanding, digitalising, combining, analysing, simulating, and visualising intelligent building and smart city phenomena and systems systemically! We provide actionable intelligence to stakeholders to make informed building/city-level decisions.

What would your responsibilities as a Summer Trainee include?

  • Studying, understanding, and presenting in a simple way some of our existing solutions (based on our VTT research platform for smart cities and intelligent buildings)
  • Developing and testing different AI solutions for our research platform that are based on data from multiple sources/systems and analysed and visualised systemically.
  • Contributing to visualising and report writing (in English) some of the key learnings and findings of your work 

Who we are looking for?

  • A person who is passionate about learning, understanding, and using AI to support smart cities and intelligent building analytics
  • Programming experience with Python (Java an advantage)
  • Knowledge of data sciences and data analytics
  • Good report writing in English – making hard technical concepts simple, understandable, and exciting

As a person, we hope that you are:

A curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges, has a passion for data analytics and AI, and is interested in solutions for data-driven carbon-neutrality, positive energy districts, and healthy living in cities based on stakeholder engagement and needs. We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are a quick starter who can follow guidance and deliver what is requested while at the same time being bold enough to share your thoughts and ideas on doing things in a better and more efficient way.

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 Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings 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 Sami Kazi (Research Team Leader, Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings), sami.kazi@vtt.fi, +358407736661 on 19 January, 2023 (14:00-15:00 Finnish time) or 7 February, 2023 (14:00-15:00 Finnish time).

We look forward to hearing from you!

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


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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