VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Flexible sensors and devices

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 be our next Research Trainee in our Flexible Sensors and devices team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

As a Research Trainee worker you will be contributing to our projects aiming at the development of printed electronic devices. You will be participating the development and performance analysis of the devices fabricated using advanced printing based manufacturing methods.

Our team, Flexible sensors and devices works on eco-friendly printed and hybrid sensors and electronics, sustainable energy storage, next generation wearable and high-resolution printing solutions.

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

  • Participate in the fabrication process of the flexible devices
  • Perform routine thin-film deposition and solution-processing steps
  • Characterisation of the thin-films and devices (electrical and surface properties)
  • Reporting your results using Excel, Word and Power point applications.

Who we are looking for?

  • You have educational background in chemistry or process technology at the university or university of applied sciences
  • Concrete experience in hands-on laboratory work with chemical substances and you are used to operate process and characterization equipment
  • Excellent written English and spoken Finnish/English language skills

As a person, we hope that you have:

  • Good collaboration skills
  • Capability and willingness to carry out your tasks independently based on the guidance of your supervisors
  • Mind-set and capability to carry out your work in a problem-solving, systematic manner
  • Eagerness to learn new things and develop your competences in the field of printed electronics.

We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start.

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 Flexible Sensors and devices 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, in particular, we wish to hear about your previous hands-on experience in the laboratory. Send in your application with your transcript of records 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 part-time employment is also possible. 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 Jaakko Leppäniemi (040 484 3296) or Maria Smolander (040 702 9933).

Meet last summer's VTT Changemakers in VTT's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vttfinland/

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 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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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 2022 pages.

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