VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Nuclear safety engineering and probabilistic risk assessment

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you passionate about understanding risks and enhancing safety in a complex area, such as nuclear safety engineering and probabilistic risk assessment? 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 the Safety in complex sociotechnical systems team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

As a Research trainee, you will be working in a large European research project BESEP – “Benchmark exercise on safety engineering practices” (see www.besep.eu for more information). BESEP aims to find the most efficient Safety Engineering practices to support the safety margins determination and the verification of stringent safety requirements against external hazards. In this position, you will have an essential role in studying and comparing case studies on nuclear accident scenarios and related safety analyses carried out at VTT.

Our team, Safety in complex sociotechnical systems, integrates expertise in risk assessment, system safety and organizational factors to enhance safety and sustainability in novel technological and challenging industrial contexts. We support regulators and the companies by conducting safety and reliability analyses, safety culture assessments and development, identifying risks and opportunities associated with the interaction of system components – human, organization and technology – and the wider institutional context. Our science-based approach helps customers to ensure safety and reliability of novel products and sustainable operations in complex sociotechnical systems.

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

  • You’ll be studying and comparing different case studies on nuclear safety
  • Familiarizing yourself with versatile safety analyses (i.e. deterministic and probabilistic safety analyses and human factors engineering) carried out at VTT
  • Studying safety engineering practices in nuclear domain
  • Identifying collaboration opportunities between different safety analyses disciplines
  • Reporting your work in a scientific manner
  • Working together as a part of the VTT project team and European research partners.

Who we are looking for?

  • You have Bachelor of Master’s studies in nuclear engineering, energy technology, engineering physics or other relevant field
  • You have preliminary knowledge on the functioning principles of a nuclear power plant
  • Knowledge in safety engineering or risk assessment is considered an advantage
  • Interest to continue as a Master’s thesis worker after the trainee period.

As a person, we hope that you:

  • are able to process large amounts information outside your area of expertise and have the interest to develop your competences in the field of nuclear safety
  • have good collaboration skills but are also willing to work independently
  • have interest for scientific writing and reporting
  • have fluent written and spoken Finnish and English skills.

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 Safety in complex sociotechnical systems 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 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 more information about the position, you can contact Atte Helminen by email: atte.helminen@vtt.fi, or by phone: +358 40 149 8170.

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), hydrid work


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

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