Master's Thesis Worker, Sustainable polymer production

Are you looking for Master’s Thesis position with meaningful responsibility and possibility to make an impact? At VTT you have an opportunity to be part of our innovative work community of brilliant minds, and learn and develop with the support of your team mates. We have over 2000 encouraging and inspiring colleagues from 47 different nationalities waiting for you across Finland.

We are looking for a Master’s thesis worker in sustainable polymer production - Join us and let’s make an impact together!

You will be working as part of Chemical Process Technologies -team, which focuses on developing, validating and scale-up of new chemical conversion and downstream processes for high performance bio-based products enabling circularity for society and providing industrial renewal. We provide professional science-based solutions and scale-up services using state-of-the-art research infrastructure

With us you will be responsible for

The project, in which we are looking for Master’s Thesis Worker, deals with producing photocurable resins out of sugars and sugar alcohols. The aim of the project is to explore the possibilities substituting the current oil-based photocurable resins with more sustainable alternatives. The initial aim is to produce materials for gel production, but later on composites will be targeted as well.

We expect you to have

We are seeking a person with knowledge on polymers and ability to work in a synthesis laboratory. Experience on rheology and UV initiated polymerization is considered as an advantage. You are a Master student with educational background in chemistry or chemical engineering. Excellent communications skills in English are required.

As a person

We hope that you have good collaboration skills but you are also willing to work independently and to be able to carry on research of your own under the guidance from your supervisors. We hope that you are goal-oriented, flexible and willing to learn new things. In addition, ability to critically analyze and interpret the results of your work and to work safely in a laboratory is essential. You should also be able to work in a multi-cultural research environment and have good networking skills.

What we offer you

VTT is a place to make a difference in collaboration with other brilliant minds. Our mission is to create impact that generates sustainable growth and wellbeing in society as well as in industry. Our personnel’s wellbeing, flexible work opportunities and competence development are key priorities for us.

The length of the Master's Thesis work period is 6 months and the thesis work is fee paid. Position is filled as soon as we find the right candidate. The work will mostly take place at VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre (Ruukinmestarintie 2, 02330 Espoo) and at VTT’s premises in Otaniemi (Tietotie 4E, 02150 Espoo).

For further information

For more information about the position, you can contact Erno Karjalainen, Senior Scientist, Chemical process technologies:

Please send your CV and application through our recruitment system as soon as possible but by the 27th of June 2021 at the latest!

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (fee paid)


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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