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Trainee for FIN-CLARIAH project

Helsinki, Finland
€700 per month
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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The University of Helsinki International trainee programme is open to all international students enrolled in a University of Helsinki master’s programme.

We are now looking for a TRAINEE for FIN-CLARIAH project.

The duration of a traineeship is from 1 September to 31 December 2024 (four months) of part-time (50%) work, leaving time for studies as well. The salary of a trainee is €700 per month for a part-time (50%) trainee.

About the position

We develop tools to help other researchers to get data. A major challenge currently is the lack of maintained collection tools unique to the Finnish media environment to search for and systematically capture data for social science research. Tasks for this traineeship include

  • Writing code to scraping content from Finnish online forums (no Finnish skills required)
  • Wrangling the data into a format compatible with social science research
  • Develping automated testing tools for code to indicate when its is broken

In this task you can use either R or Python to develop scrapers, so good command of either language is required.

This position is located in the Helsinki Social Computing Group, an interdisciplinary research group focused on developing computational and digital methods for social science and examining the impact of algorithms and digital systems to societal live. In addition, the student will belong to the Centre for Social Data Science at the Faculty of Social Science.

The person we are looking for

We seek for a motivated junior person to participate in this development effort, a keen interest in social science research and wish to develop it further is a must. Similarly, we hope expect skills for working independently. We are particularly looking for candidates with  

  • Basic level knowledge of Python and/or R (including operations of libraries).
  • Basic level knowledge of website publishing technologies (HTML, Javascript).
  •     Willingness to receive feedback through regular code reviews.
  •     Good command of English language (no need to master Finnish language)

In your application material, please also explain your experience in Python or R, software development and website publishing technologies.

Why work for us

We offer you an international, multicultural, and innovative working environment with interesting assignments related to research in the social sciences. We support your work with active guidance so that you can get the most out of your traineeship and ensure you have nice portfolio of software development skills for your future position.


You are eligible to apply if you are an international student enrolled in a University of Helsinki master’s programme.

We expect to receive your application through our recruitment system by 29 April.

Further information

Further information about the position can be obtained from university lecturer Matti Nelimarkka,,  +358 (0)50 52 75 920. Preferably contact Dr Nelimarkka via email.

Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR on-site services:

Read more what the programme offers for your support on the programme website.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group.

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