Research Team Leader, Smart Grids

Are you looking for a meaningful job in the field of carbon-neutral and flexible energy systems 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 Smart Grids team.

The team is located in VTT’s Smart Energy and Built Environment research area which aims to enable energy transition and urban renewal towards a zero-emission and resilient society. We help the industry and society to develop new solutions and services for carbon-neutral and flexible energy system, and for a sustainable and resilient built environment that enables and supports a high quality of life. The Smart Grids team is developing solutions for the future low-carbon energy system in which the electrical grid has a focal role. Our Smart Grids team understands how the electrical grid operates as a part of the whole energy system now and how it changes in future due to several simultaneous global development drivers, including changes in the energy mix, increasing electrification of transport and industry, emergence of new digital technologies and stricter requirements for electricity supply reliability.

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.

Your profile and experience:

  • Excellent substance knowledge and understanding of the team’s research content.
  • 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.

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 Tuula Mäkinen, Vice President (interim), Smart Energy and Built Environment, tel. +358503014661 on Friday 7 May 2021 at 3pm to 4pm or Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 3pm to 4pm.

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

Job location: Espoo or Tampere, Finland.

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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: Otaniemi, Espoo
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