Research Team Leader, Future Energy and Process Concepts

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 ‘Future Energy and Process Concepts’ team.

The team is located in VTT’s Industrial Energy and Hydrogen research area and focuses on development of new energy and process concepts for low carbon future. The development oriented approach is based on techno-economic assessment, multi-criteria decision-making and process modelling with different tools. The Future Energy and Process Concepts -team works in close collaboration with our customers and other research teams at VTT with business development and customer oriented approach evaluating and assessing potential and feasibility of novel low CO2 solutions and their integration. 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 topic and take an active role in promoting its visibility.
  • Relevance and ambition of the team’s project portfolio and impactful collaboration with companies, policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • 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. Employee wellbeing, recruitment and team’s competence development are your key priority.

We expect you to have:

  • Background in research, process industry and/or energy industry with 5+ years of experience and responsibilities in different projects. Your background can be e.g. from Process engineering or technology consulting.
  • Understanding of the technical, economic and sustainability conditions in energy and industry context and tools for their evaluation (process modelling, economic assessment, MCDM).
  • 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:

  • Science and technology leader with visionary view of your substance area
  • 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 solutions
  • 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.

This is a key role in the organization in which you will have the opportunity to build and drive forward the impactful research and to solve customer challenges.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information please contact Antti Arasto, Technology Manager, Energy, e-mail: or tel. +358400159052 on 21 April at 14 - 15 or 22 April at 14 - 15.

We hope you are interested in joining us! Please send your CV and application as soon as possible but 17 May 2021 at the latest. Please send your application through VTT’s online recruitment system.

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Employment type: Full-time, Regular


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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