Research Team Leader, Chemical Process Technologies

Are you looking for a meaningful job with a possibility to make an impact?

VTT is one of the leading research organizations in Europe. What unites us at VTT are curiosity, a passion of learning and a devotion to finding solutions to global challenges and answers to our customers’ needs. 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. You can familiarize with us further by exploring VTT’s research infra through VTT World.

We are now looking for a visionary Research Team Leader for our ‘Chemical Process Technologies’ team.

The team is located in VTT’s Industrial Chemistry research area and focuses on scale-up of new chemical conversion and downstream processes for high performance bio-based products towards fossil-free solutions. We have unique pilot facilities and apply techniques of organic and polymer synthesis, down-stream processing, catalyst development as well as reactor techniques. The Chemical Process Technologies -team works in close collaboration with our customers and other research teams at VTT with business development and customer oriented approach. The job is located in Espoo or Jyväskylä, Finland.

With us, you will be responsible for:

  • Visionary leadership of the team. You will be the spokesperson for the research topics and take an active role in promoting its visibility and turning of chemistry into business.
  • Relevance and ambition of the team’s project portfolio and impactful collaboration with companies and other RTOs.
  • Working as one of the key contributors of the area and participating in relevant research projects also yourself.
  • As member of the research area’s leadership team, you find ways to combine competences and foster internal-/external collaboration to ensure wider impact.
  • This is a line manager role, so you are responsible for coaching the team and team members’ performance as an inspirational leader. Development of safety at work, employee wellbeing, recruitment and team’s competence development are your key priority

We expect you to have:

  • Background in research, process industry and/or chemical industry with 5+ years of experience and responsibilities in different projects.
  • Understanding of the technical, economic and sustainability conditions in chemical process technologies from lab to pilot scale.
  • Proven research skills with a strong track record in driving excellence and impact in the area of research. You have a Master of Science degree in a relevant field or equivalent science experience. A doctoral degree is considered as an asset.
  • As a leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. Strong and proven interpersonal skills are mandatory in the position.
  • Good communication skills and ability to build high value research collaboration in the area.
  • You should be proficient in English language.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Motivating people leader with the ability to coach and develop people
  • Proactive and possess a self-driven mind-set
  • Creative and have the ability to develop new, innovative solutions for customers utilising existing and emerging techniques
  • Eager to learn and an ambitious to achieve high goals
  • Team player and easy to work with.

What we offer you:

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.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information please contact Jarmo Ropponen, Vice President, Industrial Chemistry, e-mail: or tel. +358400215951 on 7 May at 14 - 15 or 17 May at 14 - 15.

We hope you are interested in joining us! Please send your CV and application as soon as possible but 18 May 2021 at the latest. Please send your application through VTT’s online recruitment system.

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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.

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