Senior Scientist, Polymer Materials Science and Polymer processing

Are you looking for an opportunity to boost innovative solutions in the field of circular and bio-based plastics? Do you enjoy working with customers and R&D challenges to support sustainable material usage?


We are now looking for an experienced and customer-oriented plastic material expert to interpret industrial signals and needs into actual commercial projects.


You will be working in our Material processing and circular solutions -research team, which focuses on development of industrially viable sustainable plastics and technologies for circular economy to generate value-added high performance products. As a Senior Scientist, you will have a key role in building our customer portfolio further and to co-innovating with industrial partners within plastic materials and applications value chains. Location of this postion is Espoo or Tampere.


With us you will be responsible for

Your target is to build solid customer portfolio on polymer development, processing, and recycling, which forms the basis for circular plastics. We are looking for a person who has a holistic view of operational environment, e.g., industry trends, regulations, and opportunities, and who will utilize this knowhow to co-innovate with industrial partners within plastic materials and applications value chains. Essential parts of the job are utilizing safe-by-design approach and up-scaling thermoplastic processing up to pre-production scale.

You will be working closely with our industrial partners as well as searching new opportunities and partnerships, especially among international stakeholders. Taking the lead in offering our R&D expertise and active participation in sales process to selected customer groups and industrial value chains will be part of the job. In addition, managing large projects under strict schedules and agreed targets is essential.


We expect you to have

  • University degree at Master´s or PhD level in a relevant field.
  • Industrial experience of a relevant sector
  • Proven track record on material science related to polymer technology and/or plastic engineering
  • Strong preference to engage in customer work (sales discussions, project execution and management of new customer acquisition)
  • Good oral and written English skills
  • A can do attitude and the ability to envision the future needs of potential customers


As a person you are

We are looking for a person, who has a strong customer-orientation and well-developed business understanding. You have technological curiosity and proactive attitude. You deliver results according to the targets and take responsibility of your actions. You are motivated to share information and you create positive drive to get people excited.


We offer

We offer a driver’s seat in shaping the world with circular plastics. You will have wide collegial support to boost innovative solutions in the field of bio-based and circular plastic materials. VTT gives a unique advantage point on applied chemistry and material research. For up-scaling and piloting of product innovations for pristine, bio-based, and recycled thermoplastics we have excellent facilities at Tampere.

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

For further information, please contact:

Tommi Vuorinen, Research Team Leader, Material processing and circular solutions, tel. +358 400 914 113, E-mail: or

Tuulamari Helaja,Vice President, Energy and chemistry, tel. +358 40 508 0318, E-mail:


We are looking forward to hearing from you, so please send your CV and application as soon as possible, or November 1st at the latest.

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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: Espoo or Tampere


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