Postdoc and new challenges
After PhD, Lena was offered a postdoc position at the UEF in Material Chemistry, in Prof. Mika Suvanto’s group. She was producing functional stainless-steel materials for wear resistance and low friction applications in a collaboration with industrial companies and Business Finland funding. In this project, she modified surfaces by creating textures and also applied functional coating materials.
But now, it’s time for new challenges.
–In January, I will start a chemist position in a company that produces high-quality industrial and marine coatings for protection and surface finishing of steel and concrete materials. I can certainly say that International Master degree program at UEF 100 % helped me to be employed first in academia as PhD and later as postdoc, and further, also in the industry.
All in all, Lena is thankful for gaining a solid basic knowledge that she acquired in the Research Chemists programme, and to the staff and her supervisors at the Chemistry department for all the help and guidance.
–In the Master’s you’re not only learning chemistry, but you also study English, you learn how to communicate with fellow students and colleagues in English, you learn the terminology… I’ve also been learning some Finnish, which I think is a nice way to get deeper adjusted into the Finnish society.
Lena definitely recommends the programme for future applicants.
–It’s a very good starting point for your career and a very high-level European education that is valued globally. Regardless of the name “Research Chemists”, the doors are open to the industry as well.
According to Lena’s estimate, approximately ⅓ of her study group went back to their home countries to continue their career there, and half of those who stayed in Finland are in the academia.
–I know that the UEF Chemistry department has been working on improving research collaboration with industrial companies so that international graduates could find jobs more easily also in the industry after finishing their studies. Hopefully many more would stay since there are many intriguing opportunities!