VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Optical measurements

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 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. 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 research trainee in our Optical measurements team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

We are looking for two research trainees for our Optical measurements team in Oulu. You will work with our experts in the field of optoelectronics, optical design, optical sensing, spectroscopy, or machine vision. The application areas can vary from agriculture to mining, paper, process, and defence industry. You will be part of our cross-functional engineering team (optical-, electrical - and mechanical design, assembly, calibration, testing, and software design), which develops prototypes and measurement methods.

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

Participation in team’s research activities in optoelectronics, optical design, optical sensing methods, spectroscopy, or machine vision areas in several of the following:

  • Electric circuit and layout design and testing 
  • Building measurement set-ups in the laboratory 
  • Making laboratory measurements with spectrometers, camera systems, laser time-of-flight systems, or other instruments 
  • Organizing and analysing measurement data 
  • Software development 
  • Data analysis and artificial intelligence 
  • Writing short reports of your work 

You don’t have to have competence for all the above-mentioned points. Responsibilities will be selected based on your background.

Who we are looking for?

You are a student in engineering or physics (close to completing your BSc) and have

  • Excellent university grades
  • An interest in electronics, physics, mathematics, and/or programming
  • Good verbal and written English.

As a person, we hope that you are curious about science and new technologies. We also appreciate taking initiative and having good interaction skills.

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 Optical measurements 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 further information, please contact Katariina Rahkamaa-Tolonen, Research Team Leader, katariina.rahkamaa-tolonen@vtt.fi, +358 40 7598890 on 12.1.2022 between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. or on 20.1.2022 between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.

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: Kaitoväylä 1, Oulu

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