EU Programmes Advisor

Are you looking for an opportunity in the field of EU research and innovation programmes? Do you want to ensure the success of EU proposals in an organization with a meaningful purpose? Are you enthusiastic about European wide networking and solving global challenges with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? VTT might be just the place for you.

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. What unites us at VTT 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 is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World.

We are now looking for an EU Programmes Advisor for European Commission funded grants to join our team!

As an EU Programmes Advisor, you will have essential role for guiding and supporting EU project proposal preparation in the business area. You play a key role in ensuring the quality and competitiveness of our EU project proposals.

The job is located within the business area Sustainable Products and Materials. Through our focus areas, we foster structural change in the process and manufacturing industry enhancing circularity, safety and sustainability of materials, products, processes and value chains. Our proposal portfolio includes areas such as industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology, sustainable food system and food solutions, industrial chemistry, circular economy, high impact renewable materials and biomaterial processing, knowledge-driven design and sustainable manufacturing, robotics and cognitive production industry.

With us, you will be part of a business area specific team of four people and the VTT-wide professional internal support engine of Horizon Europe proposals and projects.We are among the most successful operators in European Commission funded R&I programmes in Europe. In Horizon 2020, VTT has acquired 18% of the funding allocated to Finland, and 74.4% of funding allocated to Finnish research organizations, and is continuing on this path in the current Horizon Europe Programme.

Your responsibilities as EU Programmes Advisor:

  • Ensure the quality and competitiveness of our EU proposals.
  • Guide and support proposal coordinators in the preparation according to internal process.
  • Generate excellent written text in collaboration with our researchers and technology experts.
  • Contribute to the internal Horizon Europe training programme and design internal support process.
  • Proactively follow the development of European funding opportunities and build European wide networks.

Your work is evaluated through the success of passed proposals.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have previous experience in EU project management and proposal preparation. Experience in evaluating EU proposals (especially for Horizon Pillar II) and good understanding of the impact of research and innovation projects will be considered beneficial.
  • You have good knowledge of EU funding instruments and networks
  • You are willing to grow as a professional in broader EU policy issues through continuous learning and sharing of knowledge
  • You have excellent written English 
  • You have a university degree from a relevant field. Scientific and/or research and/or technical background will be considered beneficial.

As a person, we hope that you are:

You are independent, systematic and target-oriented with a proven track record of your achievements. You like to solve challenges and have the capability to comprehend and make the most out of a vast amount of information. You are able to communicate and co-operate with researchers and international partners. You are organized and you respect and manage well tight deadlines.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Work with a strong purpose. At VTT, you’ll get to use your professional expertise to help solve the greatest challenges of our time through science and innovation. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and creating superior digital systems. At VTT, you’ll get to do your part in driving this meaningful change through your own professional skills. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.  
  • An inspiring community. VTT houses all the cutting-edge fields of innovation from quantum technology to synthetic biology under one roof. As a professional at VTT, you’ll get to witness and influence the future of science and technology as it happens. Read more about our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work.  
  • Career and learning opportunities. As a scientific expert organisation, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and development, and support our people in reaching their full potential. People tend to stay at VTT for more than 10 years, as we offer opportunities to develop and grow into new responsibilities. If you’re curious, ambitious and willing to learn, VTT is the place to take your career to the next level.
  • 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.     

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 12 October 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 hear more?

For further information, please contact:

Andrea Danni 
Manager, EU Programmes tel. +358 40 638 6106 

September 27 at 10.30-12.00 (EET)


Tiina Nakari-Setälä 
Head of Business Development  
tel. +358 40 821 5794

September 29 at 16-17 (EET) or October 7 at 8.30-9.30 (EET)


We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: At VTT we are working in a flexible hybrid work model and your on-site office location can be either in Espoo, Tampere, Oulu or Jyväskylä.


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Employment type: Fulltime, permanent

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