Research Assistant in Materials Science

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. 

Micro- and Nanosystems Research Group aims for developing automatic and autonomous systems for handling, treating and characterizing micro- and nanoscale samples and objects. We combine knowledge of automation and control engineering with microsystems and nanotechnology to develop novel functional systems in selected application areas.  Our main expertise areas include microfluidics, microrobotics and microfabrication. We utilise these expertise areas in developing novel systems and solutions for cell and tissue engineering and for characterization of fibrous materials at microscale.  In cell and tissue engineering research, our goal is to develop methods and technologies to monitor and control microfluidic cell culture environments and influence cellular functionality using microfluidics, micro- and biosensors and automatic control. We have developed concepts for mechanical stretching of cells, portable hypoxia, microfluidic perfusion, and various neuro-chips. 

Now we search for talented students to perform summer jobs in the following areas. 

1. Research assistant

The task is to study UV- curing of new materials (UV curable PDMS and Thiolenes) for microfluidic and cell culture applications related to Centre of Excellence in Body on Chip project. The task includes material curing and measuring of mechanical and surface properties. After the basic studies, photolithography based fluidic channel fabrication will be studied.  

Requirements for this task: 

Beneficial background knowledge (but not necessary): microfabrication like spin coating, casting, UV lithography and material characterization methods. 

The additional information about this the task can be inquired from: 

2. Research assistant  

The task is related to projects towards “body-on-chip” applications where low oxygen concentration is playing an important role by mimicking the conditions of human body. The task is to fabricate microchannel structures for localized hypoxia (low oxygen) studies with living cells. The task includes designing, prototyping and characterisation of the structures where low oxygen atmosphere is created on the chip/platform.   

Requirements for this task:  

Beneficial background knowledge (but not necessary): Microfluidics, microfabrication, UV lithography, oxygen (gas) diffusion, COMSOL simulations, CAD software (e.g. Solidworks), microscopy imaging, engineered cell culture applications.  

The additional information about this the task can be inquired from: 

3. Research assistant 

The task is to implement a microactuator demo for teaching purposes. The actuator types that will be utilized are piezoelectric actuators and shape memory alloy –based actuators. The content of the demo will be designed together with our research team. The fulfilment of the task requires a survey of available components, assembly of the setup as well as testing the system.  

Requirements for this task: 

We look for an initiative person who is able to work independently. It is to your advantage if you have taken at least one of the following courses: BMT-2310/6 Introduction to microsystem technology, BMT-3016 Microactuators and active actuator materials. However, interest in microactuators is enough in order to qualify as an applicant. 

The additional information about this the task can be inquired from: 

General requirement for all tasks: 

Due to international group we require good skills in English, both spoken and written.  


The positions (100% workload) will be filled for three (3) months  starting from 20.5.2019 or as agreed in a contract.  The positions are located on the Hervanta Campus. 

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, for Research Assistant job demands levels is 1. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. 


The following documents should accompany your application in one pdf-file:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Transcript of study record

The closing date for applications is 14.4.2019 (23:59 EEST (GMT+3)). Applications and all accompanying documentation must be in English.