VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Energy Systems Research

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Feb 2021

Let’s make science work for hope next summer! – VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships

Let’s face it, 2020 was a mess. But this summer, we can make a change for the better. Join a community of world-class problem solvers, tackling the greatest challenges of our time. Together, we can turn these challenging times into a hopeful future. Apply now for the VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships.

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology or passionate about business and people? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time?

VTT Summer of Changemakers 2021 is looking for you. We offer over 30 truly meaningful summer traineeships, where you get to challenge yourself and build your career in a community of brilliant minds. We are one of Europe’s leading research organisations. We turn global challenges – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – into sustainable growth with the latest and best tools of science and technology. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be the next Research Trainee in Energy Systems Research?

Do you want to participate in solving challenges related to the decarbonisation of energy, integration of large amounts of wind and solar power, and electrification of energy sectors?

See more of our team at https://www.instagram.com/p/CG4jehVhFk .

TradeRES is an EU funded research project, aiming to develop and test innovative electricity market designs that can meet society’s needs in a near 100% renewable energy system. Your work will contribute to better understanding the role of building stock heating demand in such future energy systems.

What would your responsibilities include?

Your main task will be working with EU-level data sources on building stock statistics and thermal properties, and process the data into a form usable by our pre-existing modelling tools. Furthermore, you’ll help validate the data by performing building stock heating demand simulations, and compare the results to national statistics. This will help expand the geographical scope of our previous analysis, as well as provide valuable data for the TradeRES project.

Main responsibilities:

  • Collecting data from EU and national sources on building stocks and their typical thermal properties 
  • Processing the building stock data into a form usable by our pre-existing modelling tools using Julia or Python
  • Help validate the data by comparing the simulated heating/cooling demands with national statistics

Who we are looking for?

To succeed in the position, you would have following background and skills:

  • Bachelor degree in energy systems or related
  • Programming experience in Julia or Python
  • Some experience with building energy performance calculations
  • Good command of the English language.

You have good collaboration skills but are also able to work independently. You should be well-organised and be able to document your work as you go. You are willing to learn new things.

Why should you join us?

We promise meaningful projects, where you get to take on real responsibility creating innovative scientific and technical solutions as part of our research team. You’ll be supported and encouraged every step of the way by your team, learning from the top experts in your field. And you’ll get to discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date can be discussed. Positions are filled 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 more information about the position, you can contact Topi Rasku, Research Scientist (tel. +358 20 722 5494) on 25 February between 10:00 and 11:00 (details about the project) or Erkka Rinne, Research Team Leader (tel. +358 20 722 4304) on 18 February between 12:00 and 13:00 (generally about VTT and the team).

The interviews will take place during weeks 11 and 12.

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application and transcript of records by 28th February. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

Apply between 15 February 2021 and 28 February 2021 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)

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 2000 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. Our turnover and other operating income 258 M€. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here .

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