VTT Graduate School
The target of VTT Graduate School is to increase the number of international PhD students and post-doc researchers working at VTT. A collateral goal is to support these researchers in carrying out PhD studies in conjunction with normal project work. Traditionally known for training upcoming talent and developing recent graduates into highly competent R&D scientists, VTT took a step towards a more conscious educational role by establishing the graduate school in late 2009. The target of this initiative is to increase the number of international PhD students working at VTT and to support them in carrying out PhD studies in conjunction with normal project work. As VTT does not provide PhDs, VTT Graduate School works in close collaboration with national graduate schools and universities in general.
PhD students and post-doc researchers participate in high level research work at VTT on selected strategically relevant topics within a highly collaborative project environment. PhD work is done for four consecutive years under professional scientific supervision by highly experienced and competent senior researchers with PhD degrees. Post-doc research projects last for two years. PhD theses are expected to be finalized within the four year period and fulfill high level scientific standards. The open positions are related to applied materials, bio and chemical processes, energy, information and communication technologies, and microtechnologies and electronics.
When is the next call for PhD students and post-doc positions scheduled?
The next call will be carried out in collaboration with the Brazilian programme “Science without borders” by CNPq/MCT. The call is directed to Brazilian students. VTT is predicting to launch the call in January 2014.
How are the topics for the forthcoming PhD positions defined?
Topics are hand-picked by using strategic fit, scientific relevance and contract research revenues generated in the field as key criteria. PhD projects are developed as an integral part of VTT’s existing project portfolios.
What does VTT offer for PhD students and post-doc researchers?
For a PhD student, the number one thing VTT offers is an opportunity to earn a PhD by working on it full-time for four consecutive years. By dedicating yourself to your PhD work, you will contribute to the strategic capabilities of a world-class research organization. For a post-doc researcher, VTT offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your knowledge base by working in challenging projects with the leading scientists in your field. Since your research topic has been derived from VTT’s research strategy, you are working on a topic that is cutting edge and of great importance to the organisation. And you are not expected to finish your work all by yourself: you’ll have continuous supervision provided by VTT’s top research scientists working in the field to accompany the supervision you receive from the university. On top of that, you’ll get excellent prospects for personal development and career development at VTT, an innovative work community for aspiring researchers.
What does VTT expect from PhD students and post-doc researchers?
We expect you to relocate to Finland. We also expect you to be committed to the research team. You have a solid academic track record. You are scientifically ambitious, motivated and show a strong interest in cutting-edge research. Your team working skills are developed, and you work efficiently in an international working environment. You are inventive and show initiative. Your analytical and problem solving skills are good. You command English fluently.
How do I get started at VTT?
If you are picked for VTT Graduate School, VTT makes you a job offer for a work contract of 1 + 3 years. This means there will be a checkpoint after the first twelve months in order to make sure that you have adapted to working at VTT and are progressing in your work. Before your arrival you will be provided professional assistance with housing and other relocation issues including help with your visa application. At VTT, you will be provided a thorough induction to get started.