Elina Holley 13.08.2021 3 min

R&D assistant – join us to save the world from plastic waste (EXPIRED)

Are you looking for an exciting job with excellent opportunities to further develop yourself? Do you want to experience an inspiring environment of a fast-growing start-up? Sulapac is a company on a mission to save the world from plastic waste. Now, we are looking for a Master’s or Engineering student, who wants to work halftime during the studies and gain expertise in biomaterials as our R&D assistant.

Job description

Your key responsibility is to conduct and report basic laboratory analysis such as:

  • Material stability in climate chamber/ovens
  • Mechanical testing
  • Compatibility testing with different cosmetics
  • Composting testing


Your responsibilities will also include sending samples to external partners and assist in R&D work in general.


The position is ~20h/w and fixed term until the end of March 2022.


What we believe makes a strong candidate

We are looking for a preferably 2nd-5th year university student majoring in chemistry, polymer chemistry, material science, biomaterials, plastics, or in another relevant field.

A successful candidate has a strong interest in working towards a more sustainable world, and is not afraid of practical hands-on work. You are well organized, social, and self-initiative employee, who has a positive can-do attitude. Good problem-solving skills alongside with willingness to take actions independently are necessary to thrive in this position.

You are fluent in English since that is our official documentation language. Finnish is appreciated, but not mandatory. You should not have fragrance hypersensitivity or similar conditions since some of the testing products are perfumes. We appreciate a desire for continuous improvement, and we will support your development towards a biomaterial professional.


Why join Sulapac

At Sulapac you will be part of a great team determined to change the world. You have a network of chemistry and engineering professionals to support your success. Results-driven culture and pioneer spirit will make sure you are never bored, and you get to focus on things that really matter. Our values are sustainability, creativity, and integrity, which are demonstrated for example in our product claims. They are based on scientific evidence and a transparent validation process. You are encouraged to develop yourself and your expertise and will have a great opportunity to experience a fast-growing and hectic start-up environment. You will always know your work has a bigger purpose: to accelerate the plastic-waste free future. May this be the beginning of your inspiring Sulapac career.


How to apply and contacts

Send your application, CV and record of credits in English or Finnish to with a topic of ‘R&D assistant’ by the end of the August. Position will be filled when suitable candidate has been found.


If you’d like to discuss the position our Innovation Manager Joona Kontinen (, +358456502216); New Product Development Engineer Veronica Koverola (, +358503209115); and R&D Manager Piia Peltola (, +358408673107) are available via email, LinkedIn or mobile.


Company introduction

Sulapac was founded in 2016 by Dr. Suvi Haimi, Dr. Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo and Dr. Antti Pärssinen with the mission to save the world from plastic waste. Our innovative, patent materials mimic the beauty, functionality, and circularity of nature. Our aim is to become the new standard for sustainable materials replacing conventional plastics. Sulapac has won several international awards. It has been selected twice among Europe’s 100 hottest start-ups by Wired UK magazine. Today, companies in various industries around the world benefit from our sustainable material solutions, exceptional technical support, and marketing knowhow. Our partners and investors include global players such as Chanel, Stora Enso and Sky Ocean Ventures. Sulapac is based in Helsinki, Finland and employs around 30 people.

Learn more about our mission and innovation at

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