Embedded System Design Specialists/Experts to work as Researchers

Are you interested in optoelectronics systems or space instruments and looking for a new job opportunity? 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? Are you enthusiastic about working with fascinating projects in state-of-the-art research facilities? VTT might be just the place for you.  

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning, and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2000 brilliant minds focuses on creating impact through science-based innovation. In recent years, we have created ground-breaking innovations such as the world's fastest and most accurate radiation detector, a cancer-sniffing sensor device for smartphones, and a headphone set entirely made of microbial materials. Get to know us further by exploring VTT's research infra at VTT World.  


We are looking for ambitious and results oriented researchers with a strong enthusiasm in embedded system design.

You focus on the digital electronics design, but you can also contribute to the system level design and characterization measurements. It is also beneficial if you understand the big picture and can provide input at all stages. You identify and solve problems independently and creatively, while working closely and flexibly with a team of experts. As a researcher at VTT, you will have a key role in design of imaging systems with main focus on image sensor readout design. 

In this position, you have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge hyperspectral cameras, imaging MIMO radars and next generation communications hardware in a booming environment. We have several projects that you might be interested in working on, such as; 

  • Many space missions targeting eg. asteroids and comets in addition to vast number of ground based applications. You could design digital antenna arrays enabling small satellites to work in world wide networks:  

  • Developing the future 6G mobile network. 

  • FPGA’s and/or next generation digital RF front-end and baseband processing with e.g. RFSoC FPGA boards.  

  • Hyperspectral  cameras for space and ground based applications. 

Check out our MIMO radar demo! 



With us, you will be responsible for 

  • Implementation of frontend processing FPGAs and related digital and/or analog electronics design. 

  • Electrical characterization measurements. 

  • Identifying and solving the key issues within your domain of expertise.   


Who we are looking for: 

  • Experience in FPGA programming

  • Understanding of microcontroller programming

  • Experience in generic analog to digital readout design

  • Bachelor/Master degree or Ph.D. in electronics, programming or other relevant field 


It’s a benefit if you also have 

  • Experience of RFSoC FPGA boards 

  • Experience of DSP algorithms and baseband implementations 

  • Experience in camera detector readout implementation, sensors, and electronics 

  • Experience of Software defined radio (SDR) platforms such as ETTUS USRP plaforms or Xilinx MPSoC devices

  • Embedded software development experience in C/C++, Python, MicroPython or similar 

  • Experience of navigation/AI/ML algorithms 

  • Experience of image sensor readout implementation in FPGA is a strong plus 

  • Skills in programming of microcontrollers 

  • Passion and interest to tinker with electronic

  • Open minded attitude, curiosity and ability to work on new, unknown, challenges 

  • Experience on analog electronics design is also beneficial 


As a person, you strive for excellent results but also prioritize and make pragmatic choices. You are focused and systematic. You contribute to a positive team spirit and prioritize the needs of the team high. You are hard working but you also communicate, collaborate, and delegate effectively. You are eager to work with new, unknown topics with open-minded and curious attitude. You can bring clarity over complexity and identify the essential bottle necks. In addition, you have the ability and patience to tolerate uncertainty and unexpected outcomes and are not afraid to fail. It is also essential that you are able and willing to learn new things. 

Are you an international talent looking for a new opportunity? Read more about benefits of living and working in Finland as well as VTT's support for relocation of the new employees! Please note that VTT will cover the cost of temporary accommodation of two weeks in Finland, travel and removals for permanent employees.  

What we offer you 

  • 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 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, both locally and internationally. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, 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 over 10 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.  

  • Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture great 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 programmes and trainings on cognitive ergonomics. 



Interested and want to hear more? 

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Antti Näsilä, antti.nasila@vtt.fi, +358 40 671 6266 (between 10 and 18 o’clock, time zone UTC + 2).  

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 9th of October 2022. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.  

Job location: Micronova, Tietotie 3, Espoo 

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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.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Tietotie 3, Espoo


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