VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Functional Surface Coatings of Lignocellulose Materials in Functional Cellulose

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, Functional surface coatings of lignocellulose materials in Functional Cellulose?

VTT’s Functional Cellulose research team is developing new functional lignocellulose materials and their novel applications. As a Research Trainee you will be working in research projects supported by supervision of a senior scientist. The work will be done in the ongoing research project allowing you to learn how research ideas are transferred to industrially interesting material solutions.

What would your responsibilities include?

  • Surface coating of lignocellulose materials with functional biobased coatings
  • Development of coating recipes
  • Characterization of coated materials in terms of rheologic measurements and coatings with microscopy and mechanical testing
  • Applications testing of coated lignocellulose materials

Who we are looking for?

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

  • Studies in polymer and biomaterial chemistry, engineering skills for coating work and laboratory courses
  • At least two years of studies at the university level
  • Good skills in MS Office
  • Good English 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.

We are looking for an innovative person who wants to see research results turn into commercial solutions. You also have good communication skills to report research results.

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

Hannes Orelma, Research Team Leader (+358 403543143) or

Harri Setälä, Senior Scientist (+358 505207979)

on 2nd February between 12 and 14.


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. The interviews will take place during week 12.

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


VTT is one of Europe's leading research organisations, a visionary innovation partner for businesses and society. We bring hope to the world by turning the greatest challenges of our time into sustainable growth with cutting-edge science and technology. We employ a community of over 2000 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. Our turnover and other operating income 258 M€. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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