Science Traineeship

Job description

With the amount of data growing at an exponential rate, AI is one of the hottest fields of this century. One of the fastest-growing data sources in the world is DNA data and medical imaging data. In MIcompany’s Science Traineeship you get the opportunity to jump-start your career by performing cutting-edge medical research on these new data types and building impactful AI applications.

A master’s thesis and graduation project can be the crown of your academic studies. In our experience, they too often fall short of this expectation, because they usually do not create real impact, prepare insufficiently for your first job, and lack societal relevance.

Our Science traineeship is meant for ambitious and high-potential master’s students who want to do things differently. With this traineeship, you can launch your career in the AI field, by performing purposeful research within MIcompany’s DNA collaboration with the UMCG and simultaneously working on transformative AI projects. Within the single program, you pursue 3 personal and career milestones:

Two years ago MIcompany started collaborating with top researchers from the UMCG, with the common goal to employ the power of AI to better understand complex diseases like asthma and COPD and advance medical science. Since the start, we have already worked on 7 research streams and the number of people involved – from both the MIcompany and UMCG side – has increased from 5 to 15. Will you be the next to join this unique team?

The science traineeship is the perfect springboard to launch your career, as it offers 5 unique opportunities:

Overview of what the science traineeship looks like

In this 12-18 month full-time program, you combine academic research (3 days per week) with AI business projects (2 days per week). Hereby, you are challenged to broadly develop yourself while working towards concrete milestones: a master’s thesis, an academic article, and transformative projects.

As a Science Trainee, you can expect a dynamic working environment, literally and figuratively. When working on one of MIcompany’s AI project, the whole project team generally works at the client’s office. For your research with the UMCG, you are expected to travel up north regularly – e.g. once per month – to meet face-to-face with the team and crack the hard problems together. On your other research days, you can work from our own office in Amsterdam. On Fridays, most MIcompany colleagues are from the Amsterdam office, too, to catch up, have team meetings and kick off the weekend with Friday afternoon drinks.

With today’s corona crisis, however, most of us work from home and many meetings have become virtual. Still, we believe that our work becomes better and more fun if we work together as a team. To this end, we have daily check-ins and a wide variety of virtual team activities.


After completion of the traineeship, you will be first-in-line for a full-time position at MIcompany as either Data Scientist or AI Engineer. Until June ’22, Science trainees will be our first choice for new available positions.


Esmée was MIcompany’s first Science Trainee. Her research focuses on applying deep learning models for image recognition of lung tissue from COPD patients. With COPD being one of the leading causes of death worldwide with increasing prevalence, this surely is high-impact science. She describes her experience as a Science Trainee as:

From the UMCG side, Esmée was supervised by prof. dr. W. Timens, an experienced pathologist, Board member of the Dutch Society for Pathology, and previous head of UMCG’s pathology department. Her research exceeded his expectation: "These results exactly show why we need AI, as I could have never spotted them visually”. Esmée is currently working towards a publication of her thesis.

Will you be our next Science Trainee? Apply now!