IT Specialist, Research Software Management

Are you looking for a new opportunity in the field of IT in an organisation and position that strongly supports professional growth? Would you like to use your expertise to drive a sustainable future while working in an inspiring community at the cutting edge of science and technology? Are you an IT professional who gets excited about diverse tasks and operational development? 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 IT specialist to grow into a Service Lead, Research software -role in our Research IT Services team. 


As our current Service Lead will be retiring in the coming years, we are looking for an IT specialist to grow into this role. In this position, you will ensure the operation of the research software service including software for technical analyses, calculations, modelling and simulations of different scientific phenomena. Together with the current Service Lead, you will plan and implement a development roadmap by collecting needs and requirements from users and experts. You will steer, guide and coordinate a virtual team consisting of both internal and external experts.You will act as the contact person for the service. 


You will work in Business Technology unit as part of the Research IT Services team, which is responsible for supporting research with tools and expertise. Research IT unit is organized in matrix and in daily work you are expected to work both with Business Technology personnel, IT providers, as well as our scientists.  

Position is located in Oulu, Tampere or Espoo.


In this role, you will be: 


  • Managing the research software licence portfolio  

  • Managing both internal and external licence registries 

  • Monitoring and reporting the research software license usage  

  • Updating the software license development roadmap according to usage statistics, needs and requirements 

  • Taking care of the licence agreements, related negotiations, and contracts as well as related investment/purchasing documentation and process 

  • Cooperating with the suppliers 


Who we are looking for: 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in an IT specialist role with a suitable university or university of applied sciences degree or equivalent experience. 

  • Capability to see the big picture and dependencies 

  • A self-initiative approach to developing your own service package 

  • Customer and solution oriented thinking 

  • Experience in license management and negotiations 

  • Capability to produce technical documentation and instructions in Finnish and English 


In addition, we consider the experience of cooperation with service providers and the experience of license monitoring tools to be an advantage. 


As a person, we hope you are:  

  • You are systematical, yet flexible in the way you work. You approach problem situations analytically in a solution-oriented and user-oriented manner. You are excited to learn and to figure out new things, as we have extensive research portfolio and therefore the software tools vary. In the position, you work closely with different stakeholders, so you have good cooperation and communication skills. 


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.  

  • 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 June 5th 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 Seppo Salminen, Manager, Information Technology, 

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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: 1 Kaitoväylä


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