Research Engineer, Bioprocess Engineering

Are you interested in Bioprocess engineering and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to do impactful research in the cutting edge of natural sciences with superb colleagues who are top expert in their field? Do you want to build a science career and work in a versatile role at the interface of academy and industry? 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 Research Engineer to join our Bioprocess engineering team. 

In this position, you will have an essential role in planning and carrying out research projects and help developing new methods and tools.

Our team, Bioprocess Engineering team provides solutions for a variety of bioprocesses and exploitation of different organisms – from bacteria, yeasts and fungi to algae and plant cells. Precise monitoring and characterization of microbial physiology in process conditions facilitates optimization and scale-up from bench scale cultivations to semi-industrial pilot scale processes. Please check out also our team's another open position: Research Scientist, Bioprocess Engineering

Your responsibilities as a Research Engineer:

  • As a member of the multidisciplinary research team, you will participate in planning and carrying out research projects and help developing new methods and tools.
  • You will take part in implementation and reporting results of projects together with scientist and engineer colleagues of our research team.

Who we are looking for:

  • Familiarity with a bench or larger scale fermentations and downstream processing methods
  • Understanding on analytical methods (e.g. HPLC) related to cultivations
  • You have at least BSc level degree and experience in the field of biotechnology
  • Data analysis skills
  • Interest in service and maintenance of test equipment
  • Communications skills in English and ability to work in multi-cultural environment and projects

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • You are open-minded, innovative and solutions-oriented team player. You are familiar with working in international research teams and projects. We are looking for a person, who has good collaboration skills and is curious to learn new things.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: / What we offer you: 

  • Natural sciences with an impact. VTT works on the cutting-edge of natural sciences, and we’ve invested into building state-of-the-art research facilities for natural sciences, such as the Bioruukki pilot infrastructure for bio- and circular economy. Our research agenda is dedicated to solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and unleashing the power of synthetic biology. That means that at VTT, your expertise in natural sciences will go towards creating real impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Superb colleagues and community. With VTT, you’ll join a community of over 2000 multidisciplinary experts who foster a culture of trust, openness and sharing knowledge. We work truly across disciplines, and house all the cutting-edge sciences from quantum computing to synthetic biology under one roof. Collaborating with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun.  
  • Excellent career in research. 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. A combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects keeps your career path interesting.
  • 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 26 September 2021. 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 Research Team Leader Jaana Uusitalo, phone: +358 40 8219137.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Tietotie 2, 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 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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Location: Tietotie 2, Espoo


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