VTT Summer of Changemakers: Research Trainees, Materials in extreme environments

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology? 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 Materials in Extreme Environments team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer!

As a Research Trainee, your key goal is to participate in material science and corrosion studies. In this position, you will have an essential role in sample treatment and analysis.

Our team, Materials in Extreme Environments, solves material challenges in diverse industrial applications. You will be working in close collaboration with researchers and scientists from many different domains in material research and testing as well as microbiology. Currently, we are looking for two Research Trainees to join our team.

What your responsibilities as a Research Trainee would include?

You will use your skills in material science and microbiology to analyse corrosion samples from research projects revealing the impact of microbes on the corrosion of steel and copper. You will characterize the samples using microscopic and metallurgical methods. In addition, you will study microbiological effects on corrosion processes by employing molecular biological methods.

Who we are looking for?

We are seeking two persons with knowledge of material science, microscopy and practice in laboratory work. Experience in microbiology, molecular biology and/or electrochemistry is considered as an advantage. You are a Master student / young professional with an educational background in material science, metallurgy, microbiology, biotechnology, molecular biology, or in a similar field. You have good skills in English, both spoken and written.

As a person, we hope that you are:

We hope that you have good collaboration skills, but it is also important that you are willing to work independently and are able to carry out your research on your own under the guidance of your supervisors. We hope that you are eager to learn new things. In addition, we value your ability to critically analyse and interpret the results of your experiments. It is essential that you are able to work safely in a laboratory environment.

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 Materials in Extreme Environments 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 service.

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 Janne Pakarinen, janne.pakarinen@vtt.fi, 050 441 2608, on Janury 27, 13 - 15 or January 28, 10 - 12.

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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