VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainee, Workplace wellbeing

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about technology and want to do good for people? 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 implementation-oriented Research Trainee in our Mad@Work –project (led by Cognitive Technologies for Intelligence-team)? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

As a Research Trainee with a focus on implementation, your key goal is to implement a demonstrator for a wellbeing data visualisation solution, based on an UX/UI design created in the project during 2021.

Our project, Mad@Work (www.madatwork.eu) works on solving the challenge of managing mental health issues at the workplace, which is currently a leading cause for loss of work-ability and premature retirement. What you can’t measure, you can’t manage and to that end we focus on measuring stress in knowledge work and are developing a solution to bring this information for individuals and, in aggregated and anonymised form, visualise it for team- and organisation levels. This work is part of a cognitive ergonomics research track, to support good work conditions and environments. 

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

You will use your existing software development skills and practices to turn a visual design/mock-up, created in the project, into a functional software application prototype. You will implement a UI layer using a web UI framework, develop the code that instructs the UI layer, and hook it up to a separate data source to feed the application with data. A design / UX-focused member of the project will be the product owner in this, and support you with UX guidance; however, on a technical level, you would need to be self-sufficient.

Who we are looking for?

  • Study background: Software development, computer science, engineering
  • Work background: Previous software development work experience or free-time practice.
  • Knowledge & competences: Practical programming skill in application development, usage of data visualization libraries and Web-based UI implementation frameworks
  • Language skills: Good English, Finnish is a plus

As a person, we hope that you are results-oriented, proactive, and you can maintain a pace of work independently, even when working remotely, as in the current situation remote work is an unfortunate necessity. You rely on your technical skills and can dig up answers to technical challenges yourself. 

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 Mad@Work -project. 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 Atte Kinnula (atte.kinnula@vtt.fi) +358 40 506 2074 on Thursday 13. January at 14-16, or Thursday 20. January at 14-16.

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

We look forward to hearing from you!

Job location: Primarily Oulu, Kaitoväylä 1, but Espoo can be considered

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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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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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