Two research assistant positions within hardware and software for embedded systems for building applications
Aalto University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Two research assistant positions within hardware and software for embedded systems for building applications



The research group of Smart Building Technologies and Services at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is looking for up to two research assistants related to embedded systems for building applications.

The position(s) is part of a research project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, called REsponsive, INtegrated, and VENTilated – REINVENT – Windows. In the project, a new autonomous ventilation valve for windows is developed and a prototype of the embedded system (both hardware and software) is realized to demonstrate the feasibility of the innovative concept. We are now looking for applicants that would develop solutions, based on existing hardware and programming languages, for real-time control of windows and windows’ subsystems. In particular, the research assistant(s) should have a good command of programming in Python and previous knowledge/experience with microcontroller and communication between sensors/actuators through standard serial protocols (for example I2C). The previous demonstrated ability to realize GUI for user interaction with the microcontroller over a wireless connection is also a desired skill.  


The embedded system will be designed together with other partners in the projects and it has got financing from the Research Council of Norway. We hope that the student(s) could start as soon as possible, however, at the beginning of September at latest.


The applicants should address interest in the development of embedded systems (both software and hardware) as well as be cooperative as the project is carried out together with several partner organizations.


How to apply

To apply, submit the documents indicated below in single PDF document using the online recruitment system link ‘Apply for this job’, by August 10, 2019.


The documents required are:
1)       cover letter with motivation for applying to the position
2)       CV
3)       Transcript of records
4)       bachelor’s thesis, if possible


The positions may be filled immediately as a suitable person(s) is found. The part time position is fixed-term and filled initially for 4 months, part time percentage in the range of 30%-50%. If mutually agreed at the end of the contract, it is possible that the position is extended beyond the initial 4-month period in connection to the development of a master thesis. The salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University.  Employment includes occupational health and social security benefits.


Additional information


For additional information, please contact Professor of Practice Heikki Ihasalo, or Visiting Professor Francesco Goia,, or in recruitment process related questions HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen, jaana.hanninen(a)


Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

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