VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Biosensors

Let’s make science work for hope next summer! – VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships

Let’s face it, 2020 was a mess. But this summer, we can make a change for the better. Join a community of world-class problem solvers, tackling the greatest challenges of our time. Together, we can turn these challenging times into a hopeful future. Apply now for the VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships.

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology or passionate about business and people? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time?

VTT Summer of Changemakers 2021 is looking for you. We offer over 30 truly meaningful summer traineeships, where you get to challenge yourself and build your career in a community of brilliant minds. We are one of Europe’s leading research organisations. We turn global challenges – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – into sustainable growth with the latest and best tools of science and technology. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be the next Research Trainee in the Biosensors team?

We are developing next generation biosensors and microfluidic platforms for various health and environment applications. Our research is mainly focusing on the realization of immunoassay and nucleic acid test systems for bioanalytical applications. Our research is closely related to roll-to-roll printing technology which enables mass manufacturing of low-cost assay platforms (www.printocent.net).

What would your responsibilities include?

You would be involved in some of the following tasks:

  • Laboratory work for the development of antibody or nucleic acid-based assays and test systems.
  • Development of biosensors and microfluidic platforms for health or environment applications.
  • Fabrication of the test strips by using different methods and equipment at VTT’s printing facilities.
  • Analytical measurements.

Who we are looking for?

To succeed in the position, you have following background and skills:

  • Study background: BSc or similar, preferably your studies are close to starting with the master thesis experimental part in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry or biomedical engineering
  • Knowledge & competences: Knowledge of laboratory analytics and working principles. Microsoft Office.
  • Language skills: Good English (written and spoken) and basic Finnish skills.

The ideal VTT Changemaker is a curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges. We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are also a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive positive impact in the world.

Why should you join us?

We promise meaningful projects, where you get to take on real responsibility: creating innovative scientific and technical solutions as part of our research team. You’ll be supported and encouraged every step of the way by your team, learning from the top experts in your field. And you’ll get to discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date can be discussed. Positions are filled as soon as we find the right candidate.

Please read more of VTT Summer of Changemakers from here: https://www.vttresearch.com/en/summer-changemakers

Interested and want to hear more?

For more information about the position, you can contact Leena Hakalahti, Research Team Leader (tel. +358 40 5045570) on 13th of January between 10:00 and 11:00 or 19th of January between 9:30 and 11:00.

The interviews will take place during weeks 8 and 9.

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application by 7th February. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (summer traineeship)


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