VTT Summer of Changemakers: Master’s thesis position, Strategic innovation programme IBEX

Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. Apply now for VTT Summer of Changemakers 2023 traineeships. Together, we can turn these challenges into a hopeful future.

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning, and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2100 brilliant minds from 50 different nationalities is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as a Master’s thesis worker. 

Do you want to be our next Master’s thesis worker in our strategic innovation programme IBEX – in a learning laboratory for building our innovation capabilities? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

The IBEX programme, run by the Strategy unit of VTT, drives and support ambitious research and innovation openings that develop VTT’s scientific and technological excellence and capacity building. With the programme, we aim at improving our future thinking, developmental impact evaluation, and expansive learning capabilities also as an organization. We aim at developing new, networked ways of organizing and managing research.

As a Master’s thesis worker, your key goals are documenting the learnings of the innovation capability building and creating practices for sharing these learnings wider in the organization. In this position, you will have an essential role in supporting our sustainable and transformative innovation capability building and organizational learning. You will be developing our organizational learning practices with our top scientists. 

What would your responsibilities as a Master’s thesis worker include?

  • You will document the expansive learning experiments and experiences in the IBEX programme, e.g. by observing and interviewing the participants of the programme
  • You will propose sharing good organizational learning practices. 

Who we are looking for?

  • Your background can be e.g. in design, creative sustainability, engineering, business, economics, or educational sciences.
  • You document your findings clearly, draw conclusions and make a development proposal 
  • You enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment 

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Interested in sustainable and transformative innovation and passionate about organizational learning. 
  • We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. 
  • You have good interpersonal and collaboration skills but are also able to conduct parts of your work independently. 

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.

What would we offer you?

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organisation, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, your skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2100 experts representing more than 50 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. With us, you get to take on meaningful projects and create innovative scientific and technical solutions as part of our IBEX strategic innovation programme and learning laboratory team. We treat all employees as equals and give you real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.

What is like to work with us solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check from the video what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella had from their summer traineeships and what kind of change did they drive.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application with your transcript of records via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 5 February 2023. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date and length of the traineeship can be discussed. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position 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 further information, please contact Maija Ojanen-Saloranta, maija.ojanen-saloranta@vtt.fi, +358 50 4434 214, on Friday, 20 January at 12:00-14:00 or Monday, 30 January, 12:00-14:00.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (Master’s Thesis position)


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 2100 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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Location: Otaniemi, Espoo

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