Principal Scientist, Cybersecurity

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VTT is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. At VTT, you have an opportunity to be part of our innovative work community of brilliant minds, and learn and develop with the support of your teammates. We have over 2000 encouraging and inspiring colleagues from over 40 different nationalities waiting for you across Finland. You can familiarize with us further by exploring VTT’s research infra through VTT World.


We are now looking for an ambitious and results-oriented Principal Scientist, Cybersecurity, with a strong background in device testing, platform security, or applied cryptography including post-quantum cryptography. As a Principal Scientist at VTT, you will have a key role in the development of new cybersecurity technologies. Your goal is to identify and solve problems independently and creatively, while working closely and flexibly with a team of experts.

Cybersecurity teams are spearheading device cybersecurity testing, secure computation, and novel cryptographic technologies for critical environments, primarily towards industrial use cases. The work on smart contracts as blockchain implementations aims at breakthroughs in realizing the true potential of smart contracts in vertical application domains, including transport, and energy.

Please read more about our research topics and interests in the Cyber Security area.


With us, you will be responsible for:

  • Continuing the development of VTT’s scientific excellence in cybersecurity
  • Identifying and understanding new application areas for cybersecurity
  • Visionary development of cybersecurity technology and new proof of concepts to meet the present and future needs of customers
  • Beside scientific results, the outcomes should include IPR and new business innovations
  • Building new interdisciplinary approaches and thought leadership in the area
  • Building and leading a coherent project portfolio and collaborating with customers to bring the technologies come alive.


We expect you to have:

To succeed in the role, you have outstanding scientific and innovation merits in some areas related to VTT’s foci in cybersecurity listed above. Knowledge of some of the following specific areas is appreciated: embedded systems and devices, device connectivity, industrial control systems, mobile networks, and network security.  You have a demonstrated ability to innovate visionary cybersecurity solutions and strong experience in international and national collaboration. Proven capability to build, lead and inspire research groups and national projects is needed as well as industrial experience and industrial and academic stakeholder contact network. Your educational background is a doctoral degree in cybersecurity or relevant topic. You are proficient in English.

As a person, you strive for excellent results but also prioritize and make pragmatic choices. You are focused and systematic. We are looking for a team player who can inspire others and lead the cybersecurity research efforts by example.  A successful candidate has good communication and networking skills and is open to new ideas from other disciplines. You are eager to work with new topics with open-minded and curious attitude. You are able to bring clarity over complexity and identify the essential bottlenecks. In addition, you have the ability and patience to tolerate uncertainty and unexpected outcomes.


We offer:

VTT provides an inspiring working environment that pools together world-class research, innovations and top experts. Our mission is to create impact that generates sustainable growth and wellbeing in society as well as in industry.

Our people are the core of the next generation VTT. Therefore, our personnel’s wellbeing, flexible work opportunities and competence development are key priorities for us. With us, you can make an impact for a better future and you can be part of solving the biggest challenges of our time.


For further information:

Interested and want to know more?  Please contact Mikko Merimaa by phone +358504105517 or e-mail  

We hope you are interested in the position, so please send your CV and application as soon as possible, or January 24 at the latest.

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Employment type: Permanent, full-time


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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Location: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo
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