Master’s thesis workers for VTT’s Cellular Agriculture research

Are you all about science and technology? Would you like to work in a meaningful role with real responsibility and excellent learning opportunities? Do you want to work with superb colleagues who are experts in their field to drive a sustainable future and tackle the greatest challenges of our time? 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 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 two Master’s Thesis Worker to participate in the cellular agriculture research!

As a Master’s thesis worker, you have an opportunity to investigate together with the research project team how different agri-food industry side-streams can be used as feedstocks for the microbes and plant cells used for food production.

Our food research is focusing on research, development and innovation actions that enable transition towards more sustainable food ecosystem. As part of the food research, we harness biotechnology, also called cellular agriculture, for renewal and improvement of food processes. Related to this, VTT has an ongoing project Food without Fields funded by Catch the Carbon research and innovation programme of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the project studies disruptive food production technologies as part of achieving Finland’s carbon neutrality objectives.

The solutions studied include: 1) Cellular agriculture: harnessing microbes and plant cells to produce feed and food ingredients in vertically scaling bioreactors; 2) novel plant factory and greenhouse solutions to protein plants year-around.

As a Master’s Thesis Worker:

  • You will plan and execute experimental work either with plant cell cultures or with microbial cells. You will collect data and compile reports and a MSc thesis that includes state-of-the-art literature part.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have an education in life sciences
  • You have also understanding of microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and/or bioprocess engineering
  • Motivation to learn new things
  • In addition, it would be beneficial to have practical experience in working in aseptic conditions and working with shake flask or bioreactor cultivations

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • A good interdisciplinary team worker with pro-active and independent style of working. You have a passion for finding new, even disruptive innovations for solving the food system challenges.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organization, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, young professionals' skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. At VTT, young talents get to take on on meaningful projects in research or supporting researchers’ work. We treat young talents as equals and give them real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Please send your CV and application via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 8th December 2021. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. Estimated start of the work is on January or February 2022, but is negotiable.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Jaana Uusitalo (, +358408219137) if you are interested in working with microbes


Principal Scientist, Project Manager Anneli Ritala (, +358400838631) on if you are interested in working with plant cell cultures

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Tietotie 2, Espoo

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (fee paid)


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.

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