Principal / Senior Scientist, Fuel cells and Hydrogen

Are you interested in fuel cells and hydrogen and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Do you want to build an excellent science career and work at the interface of academy and industry? Are you enthusiastic about working with fascinating projects in the 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 is focused 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 now looking for a Principal or Senior Scientist to join our Fuel cells and Hydrogen team.

As a Principal or Senior Scientist, you are developing novel solutions for hydrogen technology. In this position, you are leading large projects and project portfolio. You will have an essential role in development and experimental characterisation of electrolysers, fuel cells, and other key technologies.

Our Fuel cells and hydrogen team works with fuel cell and electrolyser technology, and we are working in close collaboration with companies who are manufacturing and utilising these technologies. Please check our team's other open position: Research Scientist, Fuel cells and Hydrogen.

Read more about our research: Hydrogen technologies and fuel cells.

As a Principal or Senior Scientist, you will:

  • be the spokesperson for the research topic
  • lead large international and national project and project portfolio; you will act as a project manager in both jointly funded and customer projects
  • collaborate with companies, universities, and research organisations
  • participate in project preparation
  • characterise fuel cell and electrolyser systems and components
  • develop new experimental methods and facilities.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have preferably D.Sc. degree in chemistry, physics, thermodynamics or a similar field
  • You have experience and are highly motivated to work with hydrogen technology
  • You have project management experience
  • You speak and write English fluently in technical setting
  • You have experience in laboratory work, preferably designing and building new experimental setups

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • A curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges.
  • A team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive a positive impact in the world.
  • Good communication and networking skills are expected as you will be working in close collaboration with researchers, technicians, and customers.

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 28 September 2022. We will process applications as they come in and fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Interested and want to know more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Olli Himanen,, +358403526298.

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.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Tietotie 4 C, Espoo

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