Summer jobs (Research assistant positions) at the Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet)

Want to have top summer job? We provide you a dynamic working environment and a ringside seat for the communication systems and networks research.

Comnet is a multi-disciplinary unit of research and higher education covering communications and networking technology, networking business and human aspects of communication and communications technology. In its area, Comnet is the largest unit in Finland. Comnet develops communications, information and teletraffic theory and conducts fundamental and applied experimental research in communications and networking technology. In shaping the Internet technology it is a significant force internationally.

Comnet has 11 Professors, 2 Professors of Practice, 133 employees and turnover of 8,5 M€. Approximately 50 MSc students and 10 PhD students get their degrees annually.

Join us to learn new technology!
We offer you a dynamic working environment and a ringside seat for the communication systems and networks research. Summer jobs are also an ideal way of gaining work experience along with study credits. Salary basis: Aalto ELEC salary guidelines, based on number of credits in transcript.



should be sent to following email address: summerjob-comnet(at)

Email subject must be: Summer job 2019 nr. [Job number]

For example applications for Renewing the Laboratory Course in Internet Technologies, subject would be: Summer job 2019 nr. 4.

The applications can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Your application should include:

  1. Short informal cover with justification why you are the person we are looking for,

  2. CV

  3. OODI transcript of records.

If you apply for more than one position please send a separate email for each position.

Closing date: February 15th, 2019, by 3 p.m.

1. Developing Object-oriented programming in C++ - course

(1 position)
The course teaches C++ programming language and object-oriented programming principles and has annually about 300 students. The course is implemented on TIM online learning platform that contains materials and automatically assessed exercises based on unit tests developed on GoogleTest library. For the next fall we are looking to improve the course material and course exercises. As part of this effort we will also investigate needed improvements on TIM platform and possibly alternative test platform to GoogleTest. The TIM test platform is implemented in Python, so in addition to mastering C++ well, you should have some understanding of Python in the context of web applications (TIM is implemented using Flask framework). Also positive merits is experience in working as a teaching assistant, and understanding web technologies (such as JavaScript) well.
Contact person: Pasi Sarolahti ([email protected])

2. Developing new teaching and research platform and testbed using radio channel simulator(*

(1 position)
We are looking for a summer trainee who could help us to build a new teaching and research platform and testbed using our brand new radio channel simulator. Studies in Communications engineering (Wireless systems) or radio technology are a necessary qualifying requirement for this job. Previous experience of measurements (e.g., from laboratory courses ELEC-E7250, ELEC-E7410 or similar) is also valued highly. Note that, in addition to completing your task, you will also have to document it well.
Contact person for further questions: Viktor Nässi ([email protected])

3. Developing FPGA platform form the software defined radio laboratory work

(1 position)
In this summer work your responsibility is to develop FPGA Verilog code for the software defined radio. We have Zync board and Analog Device radio development testbed environment. Your responsibility is to modify the test bed code by adding software defined radio related features like buffers and timing adjustment features. The work will be used in the course ELEC-C7320 and ELEC-E7250.
Contact person for further questions: Kalle Ruttik ([email protected])

4. Renewing the Laboratory Course in Internet Technologies

(1-2 positions)
Student laboratory at Comnet provides opportunities students to have their hands dirty with real networking hardware. To get the best learning opportunities for our students, we both develop new tasks and improve existing ones. We would like you to have a good knowledge of networking technology (at least courses ELEC-E7310, ELEC-C7240 or equivalent knowledge). You should be able to work with real and virtual devices (routers, other network devices, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows) and produce good documentation. Previous experience of measurements (e.g., from laboratory courses ELEC-E7330) is also valued highly.
This is a great opportunity to show your skills and extend your knowledge in the areas of networking like SBC, network security and virtualization.
Contact person for further questions: Laboratory manager Markus Peuhkuri ([email protected])

5. Developing Internet Traffic Measurement and Analysis Course

(1 position)
Internet Traffic Measurement and Analysis course (ELEC-E7130) is one of first courses where students are handed large, real-world size volumes of data (hundreds of gigabytes) to be work on. Based on the course feedback, this has been a steep learning curve to many.
Your task is to review course assignments, develop and/or find introductory material and study different tools (e.g. python, R), including cloud-based big data platforms that could be helpful for students. Help them to avoid BDS! (Big Data Shock)- Ideally, the applicant has taken the course, has experience on big data analysis, knows his/her way around Linux and can write clear instructive texts. Most importantly can think outside of existing box.
Contact person for further questions: Laboratory manager Markus Peuhkuri ([email protected])

6. IoT, Blockchains and Smart Contracts – SOFIE Project

(1 position)
SOFIE is an Aalto-led EU H2020 project researching the use of blockchains for IoT device access federation across multiple organizations, multiple blockchains and multiple IoT platforms. It aims to enable cross-organization IoT device operation and through the use of smart contracts enable secure and automated access control to shared and private resources.
SOFIE project has one summer job position open across all the topics listed below. We are welcoming applicants to consider the following topics and their own interest and suitability for them:
a) SOFIE Framework. Development of SOFIE Framework components, which will interact with blockchains and/or IoT platforms. Good knowledge of Python is required, knowledge of IoT platforms, blockchains, and associated technologies is useful.
b) Smart contracts. Development of smart contracts using Ethereum, Iota and/or other suitable distributed ledgers for the purpose of creating proof-of-concept contracts for SOFIE pilot projects. (This requires certain fluency in functional programming.)
Please remember to indicate in your application which (one or more) of the topics listed above you are interested on!
Contact person for further questions: PhD Researcher Santeri Paavolainen ([email protected])


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