Giant Leap Projects

Research and Development project 1: Market study and technical feasibility of point weather forecast combined with compact weather station

The goal of the project is to study feasibility of a hyper-local weather solution combining a point forecast with a compact, affordable weather station. You will conduct a market study and then create an initial plan for a technical solution involving Vaisala weather station products, weather forecast and cloud software. To succeed in this project, you are interested both in meteorology and business, and have a suitable education preferably in the field of meteorology. 

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Research and Development project 2: Development of sustainable measurement instruments

In this project you will improve the sustainability of measurement instruments by exploring and evaluating substitute materials for plastics taking into account the whole product life cycle. As the measurement instruments must operate in a demanding environment, the substitute materials also need to have good mechanical properties. In the end, the performance and the quality of the measurement instruments must not be sacrificed. To succeed in this project, you should have knowledge on sustainable materials and background in material, fibre or polymer engineering. Knowledge on mechanical design is considered a plus.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Research and Development project 3: Optical refractometer performance testing

Optical refractometers are used for concentration analyses of liquids with dissolved chemicals. The advantage of this method is that liquids may contain also particles that do not interfere with concentration analysis. The purpose of this project is to run performance tests with selected products from different suppliers. The expected outcome is a comparison matrix with tested products in extreme conditions and with different liquids, listing of each product’s strengths and weaknesses compared to their marketing materials. The trainee is encouraged to provide improvement suggestions and new ideas for superior refractometer product development!

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Research and Development project 4: Analysis of commercial CO2 instruments

This project aims to gather in-depth information on commercial CO2 measurement instruments. You will analyze a set of devices by testing them in laboratory and investigating their technical design. You will also compare their performance with the application requirements. By the end of summer you will have written a report that summarizes the key differences between the instruments and lists their strengths and weaknesses. To succeed in this project, you should have an analytical and hands-on mindset and university studies in at least one of the following fields: physics, measurement science, optics, mechanical engineering. Experience in data analysis and scientific programming (Matlab or Python) is a plus.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Research and Development project 5: Laser-based measurement in a new industrial application

In this project you will study the measurement performance and business potential of a laser-based measurement technology for a new industrial application. You will conduct a feasibility study which includes gathering application and market information, performing laboratory and field tests and analyzing results. By the end of the summer, you will have created an assessment of the technology’s technical and business potential for the application and identified areas of further development. To succeed in this project, you should have an analytical and hands-on mindset. Experience in data analysis and scientific programming (Matlab or Python) and interest in business is a plus.

 

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Business and Sales development project 1: Customer self-Service for Vaisala instruments

Our customers are having various questions and issues about their Vaisala instruments, while using them in many different applications and environments. We have a global team, full of technical experts to help the customers with these requests and we want to also provide a world class online self-service portal to support them.
In this Giant Leap project, there are two phases - analyze the questions we are receiving and based on the findings, create a concept for the portal to support the most common needs. In case you are eager to make things easier to our customers, keen on learning and developing digital services in B2B market, this can be your summer project!

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Business and Sales development project 2: Markets and competitors in hazardous area industrial humidity measurement

Hazardous areas (Ex certification requirement) is a critical part in various industrial applications, where explosion is a risk. We want to understand different Ex-applications and technical needs for humidity measurement and the markets in this area. In this project, you will apply both business and engineering skills to investigate Vaisala’s position and competitor products in Ex-humidity markets, and analyze potential application opportunities for Vaisala to grow. To succeed in this project, we are looking for a student with business oriented mindset and activite approach.To understand and complete technical comparisons, also technical background is an asset.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Business and Sales development project 3: Territory management in Weather and Environment business area

Do you want to deep dive into international sales and territory management and identify best practices for a truly global business? Weather and Environment Business Area, with unique product portfolio for multiple customer segments, is looking forward to having an enthusiastic, engaged and open minded Giant Leap intern in our team. In this project you will start by studying different approaches, evaluating current ways of working and benchmarking best practices for how territory management is performed in sales in and outside Vaisala today. Your project will culminate in a suggestion how territory management should be developed, defined and implemented in our business. You have a background preferably in international business, business economics or economic sciences. We search for a person passionate about sales management and leadership with strong communications and systematic analysis skills.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9th!

Human Resources project: The Future of work and Vaisala's employer brand

This project gives you the opportunity to dive deep into the world of employer branding and the future world of work! You will study current trends in employer branding and analyse how young talents see Vaisala as a company and as a potential employer and what they value at work. By the end of the summer, you have an outlook on the changes in workplace, workforce, and the nature of work itself in hi-tech industry. To succeed in this project, you could have studies e.g. in industrial engineering and management, economics, marketing or communications.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Software development project 1: Weather data conversion library

Standard data formats are becoming now days more and more important when working with software that aims to integrate data from different sources. They develop fast and maintaining the conversion tools is becoming a challenge.
In order to minimize the cost of development and speed up this process, there is the need of developing a library that will help to translate weather data (radar, lidar, lightning, rain gauges) in standard formats to a simple, yet structured format for data visualization in the weather radar application format (IRIS Focus). The library will contain common structures for all the different formats and will allow to keep the conversion tools up to date and if there are any changes or customization needed. To succeed in this project, you will benefit from having basic skills in programming, C/C++, Python, Web development and React.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Software development project 2: Impact of simulators on Software development time and quality

In this project, you will analyze the advantages of using different types of simulators, e.g. timed vs untimed, to reduce Software development time, increase testability and overall improve quality of embedded SW and protocols. By the end of the summer, you have evaluated and taken in uses the most beneficial Software practices in the product development process. To succeed in this project, you should have background in computer science, prior knowledge of SystemC is a big plus. In addition, experience with SW simulators and their theory, API design, and platform independent programing will help you in this project. 

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Software development project 3: Software hardening and isolation in an embedded Linux product

The goal of this project is to study and prototype the best techniques to enhance the software security of a Vaisala embedded Linux based product. You will study the most critical parts to protect in the applications and plan how the found weaknesses could be mitigated efficiently. By the end of the summer, you have created a prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of the solution in practice.​

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Software development project 4: Using Big Data techniques to understand the impact of weather on road surface conditions

For over two decades Vaisala have been collecting road weather information generated by our weather stations situated at the side of the highway. This project will be the first to ask the question – what is this data telling us, over time, about the way the road surface reacts to icy and snowy conditions, despite regular anti-icing chemicals being used? You will have access to data from both weather stations and from the customers own records on when and with what they treated the roads to stop surface ice from forming. We ask that you look at this data in multiple ways to see if patterns can be discovered that will help inform the right kind of treatments for the differing weather scenarios in the future. You will work independently, but sit alongside our Computer Vision team who are experienced in working in an agile and inquisitive way and you will be supported by subject matter experts from multiple countries as required. To succeed in this project, you must have experience in using big data and machine learning techniques. You should  be able to program a system to incorporate the available data such as multi-parameter road weather station data, treatment records and potentially traffic volumes.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Operations development project 1: Improvement of Operations’ Continual Improvement process (PDCA)

We are seeking ways to boost our continual improvement process for small continual improvements.  We want to engage all employees in the improvement process and we strive for getting more impact from the continuous improvement initiatives in terms of improved safety, better quality, higher productivity and reduced waste. In this project you will first get to know our current Continual Improvement practices. Then based on your analysis and Lean & Industry Best Practices you will develop and pilot an improved process together with your project team. As a successful candidate you have keen interest to Lean Management and possibly have some relevant work experience from companies where Lean and Continuous Improvement culture is strong.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!
 

Operations development project 2: Production cell development for a new optical instrument

In this project you will create a production cell for the final assembly of a new high-end optical instrument, which is being developed in Vaisala. By taking into account basic principles of manufacturing and by following Vaisala guidelines, you will ensure that the cell produces high quality instruments efficiently. To succeed in the project, you should have studies in industrial engineering and management or similar field, hands-on attitude, analytical mindset and basic understanding of production processes.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

Operations development project 3: Digital work instructions for manufacturing

In this project you will plan our new way of creating digital instructions for challenging assemblies. During the summer, you define the specs, investigate possible tools for a pilot case. Project includes also planning how tools integrate to other digital manufacturing tools and recommendations for next steps. To succeed in this project, you should have interest for manufacturing technologies and interest how to develop digital capabilities with manual assembly and lot of hands on attitude!

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9

Operations development project 4: Machine vision for production assembly verification

In this project, you will investigate what opportunities exist for using machine vision for assembly quality control, sensor manufacturing control or other possible areas in manufacturing. Based on building simple system and demonstrating capabilities in practice, you will define requirements for machine vision usage. To succeed in this project, you should have knowledge of machine vision and simple coding as well as interest how to use them in manufacturing development.

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

US Research and Development project: Using satellite measurements and artificial intelligence for better environmental monitoring and forecasting

A collaborative NOAA and NASA program led to the recent launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) 16 and 17 satellites. These satellites carry the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) which provides the current state-of-the-art in planetary environmental measurements. The goal of this project is to identify and demonstrate new and innovative uses for this data within Vaisala to make better environmental measurements and forecasts. To succeed in this project, you should have understanding of data analysis, statistics, image processing and machine/deep learning, preferably applied to environmental data. You also have experience in programming languages Python, Java or C++. Your studies could be e.g. in computer science, earth science, statistics or engineering. 

If you are the candidate we are looking for, apply by February 9!

US Software Development project: Modernize GIS Software for Lightning Analysis

 Vaisala operates lightning networks in the US and across the globe that provide critical real-time and historical lightning data to a variety of customers. These customers use the lightning data in their day-to-day operations and to help plan for the future. For example, utility customers check if interruptions to power are due to a lightning strike on a transmission or distribution line. Vaisala has a legacy suite of GIS tools that helps customers analyze historical lightning data together with their assets. These tools query a database and compare lightning events to customer-supplied GIS information. The goal of this internship is to propose, and then implement, a modern re-imagining for this legacy application suite. The intern would work with product managers, lightning scientists, and industry experts to understand how the analysis software is currently used, and to understand its current capabilities. Then, the intern would work on a proposal to modernize the application suite, using a combination of modern GIS tools and a microservice-based architecture. The ultimate goal would be to give customers flexibility in how they access and use the analysis tools. Finally, the intern would implement a proof-of-concept service and/or GIS add-on using the proposed architecture. To succeed in this project, you should have experience in Java, Python, and database management. You could be senior undergraduate or first-year graduate student in computer science or another discipline of science or engineering.