AI Residency for Software Developers
Are you a professional software developer working in a company that is looking to tap into to the full potential of artificial intelligence?
Does your company need experts that understand both its business-specific challenges and the latest advances in AI?
Do you want to learn and develop your knowledge in machine learning and build your open source portfolio while contributing to cutting-edge AI research
You may be exactly who we are looking for!
The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI is opening an AI Residency program for IT professionals in industry with hands-on attitude. Take a break from hectic buzz of industry deadlines and return for a while to work in exciting research projects in academia. We will match you with leading scientists in AI and machine learning, and offer you an excellent environment to develop your skills further. After the residency, you will be able to help your company to better understand the opportunities of AI and harness its potential.
FCAI is a vibrant research center for Artificial Intelligence in the Helsinki metropolitan area, bringing together the expertise in AI research from both academia and industry. Hundreds of researchers are involved in various research and educational activities, and dozens of industrial actors collaborate in joint initiatives. Moreover, as the birthplace of Linux, and the home base of Nokia Bell Labs, F-Secure, Rovio, Supercell, Slush (the biggest annual startup event in Europe), Helsinki is the largest ecosystem of high-tech companies and R&D centers in Northern Europe.
FCAI is initiated by Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. It has been selected as one of the prestigious Flagships of the Academy of Finland, a status granted to very few selected centers of excellence with high societal impact. The total budget of FCAI is 250 M€ over the next 8 years.
What’s the deal?
The AI residency is designed for software developers who wish to visit academia, contributing to collaborative AI research. The residence period is for 2–12 months. Each contract will be tailor-made to meet the needs of all parties and can be set up for example as co-funded by FCAI and the company or fully funded by the company. In specific cases, we are also open to funding the position fully.
We are currently looking for ICT professionals for the following profiles:
Top-notch software developers interested in bringing their knowledge and skills into machine learning and artificial intelligence research projects
Advanced ICT professionals with software and machine learning experience interested in research collaboration with leading AI scientists.
We value expertise in:
Software for data science
Machine learning software, for example for Bayesian inference or deep learning
Web design and technologies, especially front-end technologies
How to apply?
Letter of motivation (length 1–2 pages) outlining your expertise and interests
Degree certificate (BSc, MSc, PhD)
Names and contact information of two referees
We process the applications in batches. The next batch will be reviewed in January 2020. Please submit your application here.
FCAI supports the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
coordinator at fcai.fi
About the host institutions
Aalto University and the University of Helsinki form a globally top-ranked fundamental research cluster in AI with both universities being ranked e.g. in the top-20 in 2019 THE impact ranking. Moreover, VTT brings to FCAI its strong track record and networks for application of AI technologies to industrial and societal problems. Together we have a long tradition and track record of decades of pioneering machine learning research, with no counterparts in the Nordic countries.
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to high-quality research with significant impact on the international scientific community, industry and business, as well as the society at large. Aalto is an international community: more than 30% of our academic personnel are non-Finns. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students; it is in world’s top-10 of young universities (QS Top 50 under 50). For more information, see http://www.aalto.fi/en/.
The University of Helsinki, established in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The university lays special emphasis on the quality of education and research, and it is a member of the League of the European Research Universities (LERU). For more information, see http://www.helsinki.fi/university/.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland 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. For more information, see www.vttresearch.com.