VTT Summer of Changemakers: Master’s Thesis Workers and Research Trainees, Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics

Are you all about science and technology? 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 2022 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 2000 brilliant minds from 48 different nationalities is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to join our Nanosystems team as a Research Trainee this summer? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

We offer several summer trainee positions in the field of nanotechnologies, which can be done as part of master’s thesis also. We are working with graphene and other new materials, photo- and thermal detectors, biosensors, high speed electronics devices, neural computing, logic and photonics. We cover the path from fundamental science to industrial applications. We are based in Micronova, Otaniemi, utilizing the largest micro- and nanofabrication facility in Northern Europe (http://www.micronova.fi/nanofabrication_centre-002/micronova_nanofabrication_cleanroom/).

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

You would be responsible for research and development at research assistant level, in topics such as photon and radiation detection, graphene quality control and electronic device development for high speed or computing applications. Depending on your background and interests, your role will be tailored to include one or more of following main responsibilities:

  • Simulation and design of nano devices and circuits
  • Fabrication of samples in the clean room, including process development for e.g. graphene or novel semiconductors
  • Characterization of the samples.

Who we are looking for?

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

  • Nearly completed master level studies in the field of physics, applied physics, electrical engineering and/or related field
  • Eagerness for hands-on work in a laboratory environment
  • Basic knowledge of electronics and/or programming
  • Good skills in English, both spoken and written.

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. You have good analytical and problem-solving skills with a passion for technology and research work. You are strong in reporting and disseminating your work, both in written and oral English.

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 2000 experts representing more than 40 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 Nanosystems 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 (both BSc and MSc) via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 6 February 2022. 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 Sanna Arpiainen, sanna.arpiainen@vtt.fi or by phone (tel. 040-5378924 on Tuesdays between January 10 and February 6 at 10-11 am).

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (Summer traineeship / 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 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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