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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  R&D

Tampere, FI

Trainee, Research

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Making your next move count!


Kalmar’s Strategy, Sustainability and Technology division is looking for a Research Trainee to become a member of the Future Technologies team. The location of this position is Tampere.


As a Research Trainee, you will be involved in research and concept projects at Tampere technology and competence centre. You will participate in research projects, working in collaboration with the project team and other stakeholders such as companies and research partners belonging to project consortium. In this role you will apply expertise and knowledge in research projects, finding innovative cost-effective means to improve usability, user experience, procedures, and/or products and technologies. An example of what work will include would be prototyping with VR/AR/ML technologies which help improve situational-awareness of drivers and operators. 


Main tasks and responsibilities


  • User experience research specialist
  • Ability to work independently without constant supervision
  • Define use cases and different scenarios together with project stakeholders
  • Conduct interviews, collect surveys, observe prospects or current users, and review existing literature, data, or analytics
  • Conduct usability tests and document test results
  • Initiate approaches and innovations
  • Ensure concepts meet needs as defined by product managers
  • Identify and keep abreast of novel technical concepts and markets
  • Assist in publication of papers
  • Efficiently utilise networks in internal peer groups; start becoming part of identifiable external peer networks (universities, research centres, SME companies etc.)
  • Prepare prototypes, products, and systems (like VR/AR/MR, see through etc.) for testing


What you’ll need to succeed


  • Student in university or university of applied sciences
  • User experience studies in information technology sciences and engineering sciences
  • Desire to grow as an user experience specialist
  • Ability to drive results
  • Hands-on problem solving attitude
  • Execution of plans with commitment and determination and reports the results
  • Experience from user interfaces and user experience design methods
  • Willingness to travel
  • Spoken and written English language


We offer you


We offer you an opportunity in a global organisation to put your skills and knowledge into practice in various meaningful working tasks. We value collaboration in our open and inclusive culture and you will get to work with colleagues from different backgrounds. These tasks will provide a great opportunity for you to grow professionally - and have fun
while doing it!


Cargotec’s Trainee community is active throughout the summer. You will get to know other trainees through different Trainee activities and events, which have been very valued among our Trainees.


You will be part of


We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference. We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge. We succeed because we do it together. 


Interested to join?


For further information please contact Pekka Yli-Paunu, Director, Research, by email address at


If you are excited about this opportunity, please submit your application today!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.