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Summer trainees in robotic instruments for surface characterization

Would you like to work with advanced scientific hardware equipment and learn how scientific research is made possible? Do you consider yourself a cross-disciplinary problem-solver who enjoys engineering as much as science? 

At the Robotics Instruments group (, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, we develop scientific instruments aimed at pushing the limits of current scientific methods. This summer we are hiring an intern for working on an advanced robotic instrument for surface characterization developed at our group.

You will be working in collaboration with other researchers to solve/characterize known issues with our setup. The tasks at hand include: Investigating the source of static electricity in our instrument; Tracking the sources of contamination in our measurements; Characterizing instrument performance by measuring several samples. You will be responsible for developing the methodology and interpreting the results, as well as providing possible solutions to mitigate or eliminate these issues. 

The position is available for summer 2021 (May/June-August or agreed separately). Salary is based on the university salary regulation. 

Requirements and details 

As a successful applicant, you should be highly motivated in experimental research and have a background in one or several of the following fields: electronics and laboratory hardware, material and surface characterization, mechatronics, applied physics, or related fields. Software programming skills are a plus, e.g., Lua, Python and MATLAB. The applicant is expected to be familiar with scientific research methodologies and laboratory work, as well as innovative, thinking outside the box, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. 

We will consider students who have studied in the university for at least one year, preferable two years or more. The summer job can also be linked to or continued as B.Sc. thesis or M.Sc. thesis. We may select one or several summer trainees depending on the quality of the applicants. The actual topic of the position will be specified based on mutual interests of both the research group and the candidate. 

Apply now

Please send your application as a single PDF file at earliest convenience by 31.1.2021 using the “Apply now!” link below. 

Application material should include (all documents in English):

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • CV
  • Official transcripts

All applications should be submitted using the online application system of Aalto University. Email applications will NOT be considered. For further information, please contact  Arthur Vieira ([email protected]).

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