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Research Assistant, Department of information and Communications Engineering
Aalto University

Date Posted Mar. 28, 2023
Title Research Assistant, Department of information and Communications Engineering
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T412 Department of Information and Communications Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
Interested in developing novel haptic experiences and wearable technology for VR?

We are looking for a student with a background in Electrical Engineering or Electronics Design for assisting in the development of a programmable temperature interface for immersive virtual reality experiences.

Wearable Systems Lab is a research group at the Department of Information & Communications Engineering (DICE) at ELEC. We are a multidisciplinary research group working on developing eTextiles-based wearable devices and augmented/virtual/mixed reality applications and devices. One of our research projects, EMIL ( ) focuses on studying how haptic interfaces, specifically temperature feedback, can contribute to Virtual Reality experiences. 

As a demonstrator for this project, we are developing a programmable temperature interface to produce a thermal experience in a virtual environment. We are looking for an student to work with us on designing and programming a wearable circuit for controlling multiple temperature modules that can be effectively integrated into an e-textile based smart garment.

  • Prototyping test bench for controlling and testing different textile-based actuators
  • Collaborating with designers on the team to develop a circuit design and layout for the smart garment.
  • Assisting in and contributing to preparing and conducting user studies

Required skills:
  • Embedded programming
  • PCB design
  • previous experience in working with e-textiles or wearable context is considered as a plus

By joining the team, the student can expect to
  • Get experience of working in an inter-disciplinary research environment
  • Develop skills in combing haptics and VR
  • Have an opportunity to contribute to the the emerging research in wearable computing and XR design
  • Opportunity to extend the work into a thesis

The position will be a part-time research assistant (40-60%), starting in April 2023. The contract length will be for six months.

How to apply?

To apply, please submit your CV and transcript below by April 15, 2023.

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account. 

If you have any questions regarding the project or application, please contact: Ramyah Gowrishankar ( or Tim Moesgen (

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