VTT Summer of Changemakers: Process Engineering Trainee, Microelectronics, and Quantum Technologies

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? 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 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. In recent years, we have created ground-breaking innovations such as the world's fastest and most accurate radiation detector, a cancer-sniffing sensor device for smartphones, and a headphone set entirely made of microbial materials. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be our next Process Engineering Trainee? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer! 

As a process engineer trainee, your key goals are to support silicon processing in the microelectronics cleanroom in Otaniemi. In this position, you will have an essential role in assisting Process engineers in process development and problem-solving in the cleanroom manufacturing environment. Your task is also to help sustain the process over the holiday season in collaboration with the maintenance group. 
Our Process Engineering operates in a cleanroom fully equipped for the fabrication of silicon and glass-based microsystems and devices. The Process Engineer team supports and develops processes for innovative pilot production and R&D.  

What would your responsibilities as a Process Engineer Trainee include?

  • Using characterization tools, such as reflectometer, microscope, SEM, etc. 
  • Carrying out tests and monitor runs using processing equipment 
  • Following up on the test results and the statistical control limits
  • In the trainee position, there is a possibility to continue for a master's thesis e.g. in PVD thin-film deposition and characterisation (SEM, AFM, XRD). 

Who we are looking for?

  • You have a background in physic, chemistry, materials science, or electrical engineering and studies and/or some experience in microfabrication processes 
  • Ability to work in the cleanroom laboratory environment  
  • Ability to take initiative, responsibility, ability to combine theory with practice in a solution-oriented manner  
  • Good interaction and cooperation skills and fluent English

As a person, we hope that you...

  • Are interested in Microfabrication and enthusiastic about Silicon-based devices.  
  • Have an analytical mindset and are attentive to details, result-driven, not shy to propose ideas for improvement; want to see research results turn into commercial solutions. 
  • Have good collaboration skills, a professional attitude, and are also able to work independently
  • Have the willingness to learn new things while applying in practice the acquired knowledge at school

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 Process engineering 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 Heini Saloniemi, Heini.Saloniemi@vtt.fi.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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 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

Currently, we have over 40 truly meaningful and versatile traineeship positions open! See other summer trainee position from VTT Summer of Changemakers 2023 pages.


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