SSF is a family of great minds. Now you have the chance to meet a few of them!

Divya Mohan

Software engineer

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in how things work, and I’ve always found it exciting to unwrap something complex into its fundamental simplicity. After graduating from my bachelor’s degree in computer engineering I started working with embedded devices and enjoyed the feeling of being able to control complex hardware through the code I write. Early on in my career I worked on large telecommunication and embedded projects and this kindled an interest in me to learn more about software systems and do my masters in Software Systems from the Birla institute of technology and science, Pilani, India.
After completing my post-graduation, I started working on life safety products in the embedded domain. I am passionate about using technology to solve meaningful problems and effect positive change and I was looking out for a new role that allowed me to do this. I also wanted to delve deeper into embedded development, IoT and data science.

When I first saw the job posting at SSF, it ticked all the right boxes for me. The work that SSF does in the space and systems domains is fascinating. The entire journey with SSF so far including the hiring, on-boarding and the projects I’m working on have been wonderful. The SSF team is a close knit group, with people from Finland and all around the world working together, supporting and driving each other to excel at what they do. I get to work with people who are experts in their respective domains, and there’s been a lot of learning for me in a short span of time.

Mathias Fontell

Software Engineer

It is fair to say, that space exploration always held a special place in my heart. I can vividly remember the curiosity that sparked within me upon first hearing about the daring Apollo missions in my early childhood. In school, I felt at home the most with mathematics and natural sciences. It was only later in high school that I discovered my passion for physics: The challenge and logical rigor in natural law rather resonated with me, prompting me to pursue a career in this field.

Still wishing to retain some touch with practical engineering disciplines, I decided to venture into a degree in engineering physics. Apart from my major in physics, I sought to expand my curriculum by studying pickings of space technology, applied mathematics, mechatronics, computer science, electrical engineering, and Russian language. Computer science and programming tend to strike a chord with mathematically oriented individuals, and in this regard, I was no exception: Through research projects in scientific computing, I gained skills in topics such as algorithm design, parallel computing, and machine learning techniques. The student CubeSat projects at my university presented amazing opportunities to work with space technology, eventually leading me to my master’s thesis in computational space physics for the Suomi 100 satellite mission.

Midway through my master’s thesis, I stumbled upon a job advert for software engineering at SSF. As they say, the rest is history. Since starting at SSF a few months ago, I have been working on ESA’s Sentinel-4 UVN instrument data processing software. From day one, it became clear why SSF is a company of experts: The talent and diversity demonstrated by my co-workers is truly awe-inspiring, and my highly experienced team members have helped me grow tremendously during my short time here. With Sentinel-4, I have been tasked with data processing algorithm development and testing. While learning more and more about low-level software development practices with this project, I am also glad to see my physics background being put to use in understanding the high-level concepts.

I am looking forward to work with new projects at SSF in both space tech and industry. The cheerful attitude and talent of our people at SSF makes every day both enjoyable and productive. With rocket scientists like these, I feel like I am in good hands. For any prospective applicants out there; do not hesitate to apply!

Laura Nummila

Physics and mathematics were the two subjects that interested me most already at high school. I liked mathematics and nature sciences mostly because of the intellectual challenges they provided, and also because I was fascinated by the logic encapsulated in the mathematical formulas and in the laws of nature they were used to describe. Later on I found the same aspects first in the programming languages I studied at the university, and in the way a complex onboard application software is operated. I chose to study Computer Engineering, with a motivation that this education could be applied in all interesting domains almost wherever in the world.

I still managed to include Physics as part of my engineering studies, and even did my Master’s Thesis to the Department of Astrophysics. Soon after my graduation I spotted an open position at SSF that was a nice match with my Master’s Thesis work, and got the job as a junior software developer in the Ozone Satellite Application Facility project. My first years at SSF went quickly, I had various projects were I assisted the teams in coding and testing tasks. My first real project was within the Gaia Central Software, a mission that had the glorious endeavor to draw a 3D map of the Milky Way. During this project I finally grew to a professional in onboard software development and testing. Especially the two years spent in collocation at the customer premises at Airbus UK gave me the best chance of learning from the skilled onboard software architects.

Complex systems kept on fascinating me, also in other nature sciences such as human physiology. In 2011 I got the chance to widen my expertise to the domain of medical software development. During years 2012–2014 I worked at the medical device manufacturing customer first as a Test Engineer, later as a Scrum Master and finally as a SW Development Team Leader. These years gave me a good understanding about how safety critical software development is done in the medical domain. On the side of work, I did an MBA degree at the Aalto University of Executive Education.

When I returned to SSF office in August 2014, the company was growing rapidly. A new middle-management layer was introduced, and I started as a Line Manager with two other colleagues. On the side, I also got two onboard software development projects to manage. Because of my social personality and the recently acquired MBA degree, I also ended up in the Sales Team. The two years to come were busy, challenging in many ways but also very rewarding from the perspective of growing as a professional. Daily operation of a medium-sized enterprise is constant fire-fighting, but the agility of the work keeps it interesting.

What I like most about my work at SSF is the variety of different skills that I can apply in my daily work. The commitment of my colleagues to excel in everything we do is a constant source of motivation and a very important part of the company culture. The variety of projects in several domains of high reliability systems development never fails in providing new challenges.

Juha Granström

As early as I can remember, I have had a fascination for space exploration and astronomy.

So my career path set early on, and I focused my university studies in the related fields. I ended up at SSF in 2006 after my wife saw an advert for a job position. Already in the beginning I had the opportunity to work in the validation of the on-board software for the GOCE satellite. This meant long hours (but fully rewarding!) since the project was nearing its end, and there was a rush to get the satellite software in a good shape. During my ten years at SSF I have been involved in a number of exciting satellite missions, including many that are currently doing science, like the GAIA mission.

The work has taken me to several European countries. Currently I am responsible for validation, verification, and qualification in several demanding projects. The work consists of leading and managing the validation team and to work in close cooperation with the project management, ensuring that the design team’s product fulfils all the technical requirements placed by the customer.

Even after all these years, I find my work interesting and challenging, with good atmosphere and teamwork every day. There is a  great mix of people from diverse backgrounds, many having cutting-edge knowledge in their area of expertise.

Personally, I love having the opportunity to work with very ambitious colleagues in a friendly international environment.

Antti Huhtala

After finishing my PhD in mathematics, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a living. Staying in academia wasn’t fulfilling enough, as I didn’t feel like I was contributing to anything really relevant. Also, I wanted to be able to use a larger subset of my skills. That is, skills originating from my minor studies in mechatronics as well as my hobbies. I especially wanted to do low-level and embedded programming. Of course I also still wanted to do all the high-level stuff I’d been doing at the university.

SSF has provided this and more. I’ve had the pleasure of doing algorithm design and research as well as high-level programming, but also all the low-level and embedded programming I wanted to do. I’ve also had the chance to do electronics design, systems engineering, UI programming and more. In addition to having had the opportunity to use most of my existing skills, there are many new things I’ve learned along the way as well, and I’ve worked with some of the smartest people I know.

I haven’t been with SSF for a long time yet, but I’ve already been involved in projects catering the space, medical, industrial and defence sectors. Working in many projects within a short period means a lot of concurrency, which of course is stressful at times. Most of the time, however, it allows the possibility to easily do something completely different if I’m getting stuck with a certain task.

It is easy to get interested and excited of a new thing, but to maintain that interest is more difficult. It really helps a lot, when there is a feeling of accomplishment, and that you’re doing

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