Research Scientist, Process Concepts and Modelling


We are now looking for a dedicated research talent for our concept development and modelling team to develop and apply our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and simulation tools based on OpenFOAM.

Our team works with developing new process concepts and modelling tools and we offer modelling and techno-economic assessment services to support our customers in chemical and process industry and energy production. You will be using commercial and in-house CFD, chemistry modelling and simulation tools to support our customers’ operations and R&D activities.

You have the opportunity to work with leading companies in the process and energy industry. Our work is based on our profound scientific understanding and validated methods with the support from our in-house process and industry experts. We have excellent tools and a recognized team that has pioneered in CFD for more than 25 years.

With us, you will be responsible for

  • CFD simulations of different processes, particularly related to reactive and multiphase flows using OpenFOAM and ANSYS Fluent
  • Development of modelling components and tools based on OpenFOAM
  • Communication of software development items (APIs, architecture, requirements) with other internal and external developers
  • Developing customer cases and managing projects in collaboration with the colleagues
  • Communicating with key stakeholders in companies and in the academia

Ideally, your background includes following

  • Suitable MSc or doctoral level degree in computer sciences, physics, chemistry or engineering
  • Good programming skills in C++ and experience of modelling and/or software development and design. Particularly experience related to the OpenFOAM platform is valued
  • Working knowledge of Linux environment
  • Good understanding of different modelling approaches and tools
  • English skills for internal and external communication
  • R&D orientation and ambitions

As a person you are

You are positive, passionate and committed to your work. You deliver according to the targets. You have an analytical mindset and you are a problem solver with scientific curiosity and proactive attitude. You have a passion for learning new things and developing your expertise. You work well in a group and enjoy collaboration but you are also capable of independent work on assigned targets.

We offer

You will be working in the Process concepts and modelling team in Espoo, in the Helsinki area. The work will be carried out in a dynamic and international set-up closely collaborating with internal and external technology experts and our customers. We offer state-of-the-art tools and a unique opportunity to work in challenging and forward-looking R&D projects in a recognized team. A senior talent will be able to direct your tasks within the research agenda according to ambitions and scientific targets. We offer the benefits of a large employer that supports learning and professional and scientific development.

For further information

For further information, please contact either to

Research Team Leader Timo Pättikangas, tel. +358 40 595 1968, e-mail or

Vice President Tuulamari Helaja, tel. +358 40 508 0318, e-mail

We are looking forward to hear from you! To apply, please send your cover letter and CV as soon as possible, latest by January 21st 2021.

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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.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Tietotie 4E, Espoo


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