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The Success Story of Phoenix Secondee´s Exchange from Finland to Austria


For six months Kirill Murashko, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), in Finland, joined the manufacturing company BRP-Rotax and their team in Austria. His work focused on the creation of physical models for different systems


The Phoenix exchange programme at BRP-Rotax in Gunskirchen, Upper Austria, had a positive impact on my career. During the 6 months exchange I had the opportunity to work on high-level research from the perspective of a business, which is quite different from the one offered by the University. While on both cases research can lead to technological breakthrough, in a company the implementation phase can be shorter. With the BRP Team I focused my work on the creation of adaptive physical models for various systems. Furthermore, this experience has deepened my understanding about the expectations companies have when they work together with universities. In the future such knowledge will help me to make the most out of such cooperation.   

One of the most interesting aspect of moving to Austria and working for BRP-Rotax was to keep on working successfully while joining a new team with a different mind-set. I also had the chance to expand my network as I worked not only with BRP-Rotax experts but also with professionals from other companies and universities both in Austria and abroad. All the skills I refined as Phoenix Secondee in the end made me a better researcher and improved my employability on the market.