VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Urban energy systems

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 Urban energy systems -team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer! 

As a Research Trainee, your key goals are to develop positive energy building solutions in an international EU-project together with our senior researchers. You will work on the technology concept of positive energy building (PEB), which is defined as ‘an energy-efficient building that produces more energy than it uses via renewable sources, with high self-consumption rate and high energy flexibility, over a time span of one year’. 

In this position, you will have an essential role in researching the energy systems of a real life building. The building has an integrated heating and cooling system, which is optimally operated by dynamic district energy tariffs. The system is connected to the city level district energy system so that it can either sell or buy the energy using a large-scale heat pump. 

Our team, Urban energy systems, works on the development of energy flexible buildings that enable a seamless interaction with future smart energy networks. Also, we work on the topic of energy resilience, which ensures the high quality and secure energy services for the people in the city. We believe that the positive energy building technology accelerates the energy transition from the current system to the carbon neutral one in the coming decades.  

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

  • You will execute the ongoing project(s) with senior experts 

  • Conduct simulation analyses of technical systems, building energy systems and district energy systems. 

  • Follow up and compile the measurement data of the case study building 

  • Report the results in English.

Who we are looking for?

  • We expect you to have a technical background on the area of energy and environmental engineering and you are currently at the end of your Master studies in the University 

  • A person who already has work experience on the energy and built environment domain 

  • You have successfully completed courses on the topics of: simulating and modelling of the energy systems, energy production renewable energies and energy in the built environment 

  • You have good computer skills and ability to learn quickly the use of new energy modelling tools 

  • Fluency (speaking and writing) in English.

As a person, we hope that you are 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 a 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 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 Urban energy 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 further information, please contact Research Team Leader Jari Shemeikka, jari.shemeikka@vtt.fi, +358 40 7224505 on Jan 20th 1pm - 5pm or Feb 3rd 1pm - 5pm.

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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