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Hamburg, DE

Function:  Research & Development
Job Category:  Research & Development

Software Developer Intern - Autonomous Ships

To us, Autonomous shipping is not about visions of unmanned vessels or fully automated port operations. At least not just. While everybody is out there speculating about where “Autonomy” might eventually possibly perhaps lead us, we’re taking a slightly different approach: We’re taking action and explore what we can do with autonomy today. Our big advantage on this journey: a stepwise approach. We are establishing a variety of solutions that range from “simple” decision support at one end to fully unmanned vessels on the other. With this, we don’t have to speculate about what might eventually be but can already harness the power of “Autonomous Potential” to create benefits right here and now. For a safer, more efficient and sustainable today. And to set the foundation for a bright tomorrow. 

To drive and utilise this potential we are now looking to recruit a Software Developer Intern – Ship Autonomy to join our Autonomy team in Hamburg.  

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team in a supportive and international environment. We’ve got an exciting development programme which will equip intelligent ships of tomorrow with smart sensors, automated motion control, shore connectivity and many more leading-edge capabilities. 


Purpose of the role: 

In this position you will support us in realizing products leading us towards autonomous ships 


Main responsibilities:  

  • Help us developing software for remotely controlled and autonomous operation of ships 

  • Optionally engage in product testing onboard and in simulator 


Experience and skills we are looking for:  

  • University education in fields such as electrical engineering, mechatronics, computer science, physics, naval architecture, mathematics, or similar 

  • Experience in developing software in a higher-level language (C#, C++, python, or similar) 

  • A curious mind-set  

  • Business fluency in English 



At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Voyage transforms how vessels perform their voyage by leveraging the latest digital technologies to deliver a step-change in safety, efficiency, reliability, and emissions. We are committed to creating a Smart Marine Ecosystem, whereby every vessel can connect to digital services that make voyaging safer and greener. With the broadest Smart Marine portfolio in the market, we are well positioned to lead the industry towards becoming digitally connected across the entire value chain and to be the first partner of choice when leveraging the latest digital technologies.

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2020, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at