Master's Thesis Worker, CO2 Sorbent Synthesis

Espoo (Finland)
Student / Recent Graduate
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Sciences, Engineering & R&D

The Job

Are you all about science and technology? Would you like to work in a meaningful role with real responsibility and excellent learning opportunities? Do you want to work with superb colleagues who are experts in their field to drive a sustainable future and tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. 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 focuses 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. Get to know us further by exploring VTT's tech & infra . We are now looking for Master's Thesis Worker to join our Chemical process technology team. Join us - and let's make an impact together! As Master's Thesis Worker, you will have the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge research project that aims to develop highly efficient CO2 sorbents for direct air capture. Capturing CO2 directly from air (direct air capture, DAC) is an emerging method that enables the mitigation, even reversal of climate change, but is bottlenecked by the limitations of currently available CO2 sorbents. Our project deals with the production and analysis of porous polymeric materials with high affinity towards CO2. The aim of the project is to explore novel adsorbents that enable significantly more efficient CO2 capture from air. As Master's Thesis Worker, you will: Work on the production and analysis of porous polymeric materials with high affinity towards CO2. Explore novel adsorbents that enable significantly more efficient CO2 capture from air. Have the unique opportunity to work in a challenging and interesting VTT research environment and contribute to the motion towards a carbon neutral society. Who we are looking for: You have background in organic syntheses and polymers. You have experience working in a synthetic laboratory and understand the safety aspects You understand common analytical techniques, mainly NMR and other spectroscopic methods. You can critically analyze and interpret the results of your work. Experience with polymer materials and polymerization reactions is considered an advantage. Knowledge of polymer-based hybrid materials is also seen as a plus. As a person, we hope that you are: Self-starter who can carry out research on their own under the guidance of their supervisors. You have excellent communication skills in English, and you are able to work in a multi-cultural research environment. Networking skills are essential for this position With VTT, you'll enjoy: Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organization, 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, and our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work. Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, young professionals' skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You'll discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge areas of science and technology. Meaningful projects, real responsibility. At VTT, young talents can take on meaningful research projects or support researchers' work. We treat young talents 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. Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds! Please send your CV and application (with your transcript of records) via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 28 May 2023. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. The preferred starting time of the work is August-September 2023. The applicants should attach an English document showing their ability in scientific writing to the application. The document can be e.g., a laboratory practicum report or a bachelor's thesis. The length of the work is 6 months contract and all you will be paid a thsesis fee. The work will mostly take place VTT's premises in Otaniemi (Tietotie 4E, 02150 Espoo) and in VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre (Ruukinmestarintie 2, 02330 Espoo). Interested and want to know more? For further information, please contact Senior Scientist Erno Karjalainen, erno.karjalainen@vtt.fi, +358505638041 on Wednesday 17 or 24 May between 14.00 - 15.00 on both days. We look forward to hearing from you! Apply between and Employment type: Full-time, Fixed term contract work VTT VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together. VTT - beyond the obvious.

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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy