TFK PROGRAM OPEN CALL: Mobility from Finland to Chile

This open call offers Research Internships related to the field of Smart Wearables at the School of Design and Engineering at the Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC).
Students will also have the chance to take courses if they are interested.

I. Target Candidates
The training mobility program is open to bachelor, master, and doctoral students who are currently enrolled at Aalto University.

•    Background either in Engineering or Design.
•    Skills and knowledge in at least one of the following: Textiles, Industrial Design, Programming, or Machine learning. 
•    Experience in Smart Textiles and/or Wearable Technology will be preferred. 
•    Bachelor students must have completed the first half of their studies. 
•    English skills are mandatory. 
•    Spanish is preferable.

II. Internships:
The following internships will be offered for a period of 3 to 5 months between August and December 2023. The credits for the internship will be transferred from PUC to Aalto. The research topics follow an interdisciplinary approach and aim to contribute to developing Smart Wearables from different disciplines and perspectives.

Research example topics:  
1.    Color and Textiles (Led by Lina Cardenas)
Research focused on the search for sustainable dyes such as bacteria dying, textiles surfaces, and biomaterials.
2.    Micotextile: Patagonian mycelium textiles and open development protocols (Led by Sebastian Rodriguez)
3.    Design and Healthcare (Led by Alberto Gonzalez)
Development of Flowtron anti-embolic stockings to prevent DVT in elderly patients.

III. Funding 
Students coming from Finland to Chile will receive:
•    1500 euros max. for travel costs (e.g., flights, visa application fees, insurances)
•    750 euro/month monthly allowance

IV. Application process 
Students interested in the training program should:
•    Consult their study supervisor if applicable and inform them of their intention to apply.
•    Submit CV, transcript, letter of intention (1 page max), and optional portfolio (5 projects max) to Yu Xiao ([email protected]) by April 10th.

V. Selection process
The call will select two students for the period between August - December 2023. 
Aalto University conducts the initial screening of candidates. A final selection is then made after an online interview together with PUC.
Candidates will be ranked based on their motivations and academic performance.

VI. Notification
Successful candidates will be notified shortly after the final selection process through the contact person at Aalto University. After that, the student coordinators at PUC will assist with administrative issues (e.g., admission letter for visa application, student accommodation, and study credit transfer).

Notification will be made by the end of March, 2023.

Finland: Yu Xiao [email protected]
Chile: Camila Rios [email protected]

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