New job R&D Summer Trainee, Science in Colorado

R&D Summer Trainee, Science

Company : Vaisala
Salary : $20 - $25 an hour
Location : Colorado

Full Description

Our Vaisala solutions contribute to societies and people’s lives in over 150 countries – and can even be found in space. With our technological innovations for measuring weather, environmental and industrial conditions, we have a key role in solving the grand social and environmental challenges of our time. We offer you a career with a clear purpose and a chance to create observations for a better world.

Building on over 80 years of experience, we employ approximately 1,900 professionals worldwide today. We are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange and our headquarters is located in Finland.

Vaisala’s industry-leading weather observation technologies, instruments, and solutions lay the foundation for the Weather and Environment business area’s strategy, enabling our customers to improve their ability to measure and forecast weather and weather phenomena. The business area serves selected weather-dependent customers to whom accurate, real-time, uninterrupted, and reliable weather data is essential to run efficient operations.

Position Description:

Accurate lightning detection information is extremely valuable to applications in the electric power industry, airports, insurance validation, and wildfire management, among others. Vaisala has an ongoing research study to validate the performance of its lightning detection systems and improve algorithms. In this summer project, the student will assist in taking high fidelity observations of lightning events to improve lightning type classification and continuing current identification. In particular, the work will involve time-stamped video observations. Assistance with other equipment to measure electric field changes may also be required. The project may also include multiple trips into the field to deploy, test, and monitor the measurement equipment. This internship will give the student valuable experience working on an important validation study in a commercial environment.

Key responsibilities include:

The goals of the internship are to assist senior scientists in the lab and in the field to collect valuable event data on lightning characteristics. We particularly seek assistance with setting up, testing, and deploying a time-stamped and triggered moderate-speed video acquisition system to include:

  • moderate-frame rate camera (on the of order 1000 fps)
  • GPS receiver to time-stamp all video frames
  • triggering mechanism based on either or both of (1) a local-area lightning sensor or (2) manual triggering; objective is to record only brief periods of interest (lightning in the area)
  • pre-trigger interval on the order of 0.5-1 second


  • Senior undergraduate student through MS-level candidate encouraged to apply
  • Major in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science preferred
  • Practical laboratory experience and familiarity with hardware engineering best practices
  • Familiarity with photography / video and GPS desired

Please send your application including CV and salary request soon. We will close the application process when we have a suitable number of qualified candidates.

ANTICIPATED SALARY RANGE: $20-25 per hour. (Salary is determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data). This is a 10-week, temporary position and is not eligible for employment benefits.

We take pride in being pioneers who strive to bring about positive changes in both the society and environment, and our work is not done yet. Take advantage of this opportunity and join our team to make a difference!

What we offer:

Our innovative high-tech business provides opportunities for curious challenge-seekers to make a real difference. As a part of our global team you can contribute with science and technology to solve the big environmental and societal challenges of our time.

Vaisala offers a competitive benefits package including: health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, company paid life, long and short term disability, 401(K) plan with company match, and tuition reimbursement. We also offer holiday pay and a generous paid time off plan.

To be considered for this position you must currently be eligible to work in the U.S. Vaisala participates in the E-Verify employment verification system. Candidates are subject to a personal work preference assessment and complete background check prior to an offer being extended.


Vaisala is proud to be an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legal protected status.

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Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. As a government contractor, Vaisala complies with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), which is a law that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities and requires employers take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application for a recognized disability under applicable law, please contact Human Resources by phone at 303-499-1701 or by email at

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