Researcher trainee / M.Sc. thesis student in the area of remote sensing (6172)


Form of employment: Full time, Fixed term

Locations: Espoo, Finland

Job area: Data-driven solutions

Application period: Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, November 30, 2019

About us

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

Remote Sensing of Land (RSL) group at VTT works on application of remote sensing with special focus on forestry at a variety of scales, from local to global. Among more theoretical developments, the group operates the Forest Thematic Exploitation Platform (, a one-stop shop for remote sensing data an applications in forestry, initiated by the European Space Agency. Other research at RSL targets the use of AI algorithms in forest variable and biomass estimation from Earth observation data, combining radar and optical remote sensing data, and development of physically-based (i.e., based on the radiative transfer equation) forest reflectance models.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

With us you will be responsible for

• Application of a novel analysis method to optical vegetation remote sensing data
• optical spectral measurements in lab and field
• publication and presentation of results

We expect you to have

We are seeking for a researcher trainee /M.Sc. thesis student / PhD student, or a postdoctoral researcher (senior scientist) in the area of land remote sensing in the Big Data Industrial Applications team of VTT.

We expect you to have
The required technical competences and skills include:
• Basic background in optical remote sensing (Earth Observation) or radiative transfer
• Good mathematical skills: ability to understand the language and methods of mathematical analysis
• Algorithmic thinking and basic (scientific) programming skills, preferably in the Python programming language
• Ability to work independently and publish results.

Non-technical experience and skills:
• Good command of English, written and spoken
• Good networking skills

As a person you are

You have an inquisitive attitude and you enjoy working in a multidisciplinary research environment. You are able to deliver results according to schedule and take responsibility of your actions. You are a problem solver with scientific curiosity and proactive attitude. Successful candidate(s) also have the capability to reorient themselves fast to new, emerging research problems or to customer needs showing flexibility in our dynamic environment. As a person, you are a team player with excellent communication skills.

We offer

We offer interesting and challenging tasks in international, state-of-the-art applied research projects in cooperation with other specialists, a chance to complete your M.Sc. or Ph.D. thesis, and possibilities for a later career in applied scientific research. The duration of the contract depends on the applicant and her career stage. Starting time is negotiable.

For further information

Matti Mõttus, PhD
Senior Scientist
Big Data Industrial Applications
Tekniikantie 1, Espoo

Anne Lönnqvist, PhD
Team Leader
Big Data Industrial Applications
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Tekniikantie 1, Espoo
+358 40 587 2212

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