Connectivity Lead

Are you interested in Connectivity research and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to develop innovative technology with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build an excellent science career and work at the interface of the academy and industry? VTT might be just the place for you. 

We are now looking for Connectivity Lead to drive the creation of future customer and business solutions. 

As a Lead, you will steer the focus of VTT´s Connectivity research. You will act as a spokesperson for VTT’s connectivity research and development. You are responsible for the creation of new collaboration in the field of connectivity together with national and international partners. You are a thought leader with a focus on collaboration networks and new business opportunities. As a member of the research area leadership team, you collaborate and contribute to the success of VTT, our customers and partners. This role supports line management without direct reports. The location of the position is in Espoo or Oulu. 

Our focus in connectivity research is on mobile network technologies and networking applications for vertical industries. The emphasis is on software-based solutions and open interfaces to support, for example, network virtualization, network resource management and air interface management. As a supporting asset we also have a testing and experimentation network which we build and develop intensively along with research projects. 

The job is located in VTT’s Safe and Connected Society research area. In this research area we develop new digital technologies related to connectivity, cybersecurity, remote sensing and data-analysis. We provide top-notch services to the industry and work in close collaboration with the public and private sector actors.  The commercial success in connectivity is based on our versatile knowhow in digital and network technologies, our unique research infrastructure and on our long experience of co-operation with related research organizations and industries. 

With us, you will be responsible for: 

  • Steering the focus of VTT´s Connectivity research. 

  • Developing business models within connectivity research and technologies. 

  • Developing ways to commercialize new services and products developed at VTT. 

  • Seeking for new opportunities together with the existing research and business networks. 

  • Implementing new models for the existing and future customers. The success of the position is measured in the increase of number of new customers and increase of sales funnel. 

  • Creating and nourishing national and international collaboration networks with significant impact 

  • Acting as a thought leader in your own substance area and actively communicating and promoting the topic 

  • Generating business impact for selected IP portfolio 

To succeed in the position, we are looking for a person with: 

  • Combination of an advanced technical understanding of connectivity related technologies and experience of leading B2B collaboration 

  • Demonstrated experience of at least 5+ years from the connectivity industry  

  • Demonstrated understanding of the types of connectivity challenges and opportunities that enterprise organizations are likely to face. 

  • Foresight of the connectivity sector future development, market needs and global trends 

  • University degree in Information & communication technology, Computer Science, Information Management Systems, or related field. 

  • Good leaderships skills and extensive business networks. 

  • Professional English and Finnish language skills (spoken and written) 

  • We consider knowledge of the R&D environment as an asset 

  • Wide professional networks (industry, research organisations and universities) 

  • Prior experience in utilising public funding, e.g., EU and Business Finland funding 

As a person, we hope that you are: 

  • Passionate for innovation and technology 

  • Customer and network focused with business development mindset 

  • Pro-active and collaborative team player with the ability to form and inspire teams. You can collaborate successfully within external and internal networks.  

  • Able to see the big picture, to formulate business opportunities from different building blocks, and to build the bridge from planning to implementation 

  • Self-driven and ambitious with a “can-do” attitude 


With VTT, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Visionary work in technology. We offer positions at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering, from next-generation microelectronics and quantum technology to automation and robotics, energy systems, and more. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating sustainable growth by solving systemic and technological challenges, so your work will go towards creating a real, positive impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope

  • Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. Our researchers get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects locally and internationally. At VTT, you'll have state-of-the-art research facilities, such as Micronova, the Finnish research infrastructure for micro-, nano-, and quantum technologies.   

  • Great career opportunities, superb colleagues. At VTT, excellence in research is a strategic priority. We offer long-term positions and stable career paths in top-level research. People tend to stay with us for over ten years since there are always new roles and responsibilities to grow into. Collaborating in a cross-disciplinary community with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun. Read more about our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work. 

  • Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture excellent team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work-life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays, we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation and cognitive ergonomics training. 

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds! 

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 18th of September 2022. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. 

Interested and want to know more? 

For further information about the position, please contact Sauli Eloranta, Vice President,, +358405808664 on 6th of September between 11:00-12:00 a.m. or on 13th of September between 09:00-10:00. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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