Research Professor, Green Hydrogen

VTT is establishing a Professorship in the field of Hydrogen Revolution. Are you looking for a meaningful job with a possibility to make an impact? Would you like to develop innovative green hydrogen production technology with superb colleagues who are top experts 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 focuses 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

Hydrogen technologies play an increasingly important role in mitigating climate change. From manufacturing to transport and beyond, advances in hydrogen technologies and new regulation create opportunities for companies to transition toward clean energy and industry. VTT partners with companies from all stages of the hydrogen value chain to develop new hydrogen-based solutions and offer technology consultation, testing, and validation services.

At VTT, we have expertise in a range of hydrogen related technologies concentrating on proton-exchange membrane and high temperature solid oxide electrolysers. Our focus in research is both the development on hydrogen system integration and hydrogen quality topics. We have developed electrolyser systems and stacks as well as components for them in co-operation with industrial partners and other research institutes. We also work as a consultant for companies purchasing fuel cell systems or electrolysers and can help in validation of these systems. Our laboratories offer testing and characterisation possibilities for cells, stacks and complete systems. Adaptable, in-house built testing infrastructure allows for tailoring all measurements according to customer needs and ensures successful long-term durability and performance characterisations. By promoting the application of technologies in these potential areas of use, VTT is seeking to create impact by deploying hydrogen technologies and competence throughout our customer network in every value network field in areas such as power electronics, electrolysers, power lines or complete energy solutions.

We are aiming to reinforce our scientific excellence in the field of green hydrogen and to strengthen its impact in relation to energy, transport and process industry decarbonisation efforts.

We are now looking for a visionary Research Professor to further develop and demonstrate VTT’s green hydrogen competences in global green transition and lead development of future H2 solutions.

You play a significant role in joint research community destined to boost research and development activities in Finland and internationally. You participate in the building up of strategic partnerships with universities, research and technology organisations, and companies. Therefore, you should know key actors of the field, and to be aware of trends and major R&D activities in the national and international level.

You work in close co-operation with the customers from different industries in addition to innovation stakeholders and are responsible for scientific credibility in the door opening of larger customer projects. You interact with some of the world's leading scientific experts and application visionaries. Hence, you are required to have a combination of scientific knowledge and business sense.

The position of the Research Professor is fixed-term for five years with the possibility of a new five years period and/or permanent position.

Your role as a Research Professor:

  • Continuing the development of VTT’s scientific excellence in green hydrogen
  • Identifying and understanding operational environment and emerging business opportunities in relation to green hydrogen
  • Visionary development of hydrogen technology and demonstrations to meet the present and future needs of customers and markets
  • Beside scientific results, the outcomes should include IPR and new business innovations
  • Building new interdisciplinary approaches, networks and thought leadership in the area
  • Mentoring and sparring of the researchers at VTT (especially supervising PhD works and postdocs) and preparing high impact scientific publications.

Your profile and experience:

We are looking for a person with proven scientific excellence in green hydrogen production technology and related application fields.

In addition, the successful candidate should:

  • Have an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge on green hydrogen related technologies
  • Understand the fast changing operational environment and business landscape of global hydrogen
  • Be committed to develop and demonstrate the vision and capability of VTT's green hydrogen technology to meet the future needs of relevant customers and markets.
  • Ability to develop bigger research initiatives and portfolios

We also expect the candidate to have outstanding scientific and innovation merits in the field of green hydrogen production technology. Continuous strengthening of the scientific level is carried out in national and international collaboration. Therefore, we require strong experience in international and national networks, and proven capabilities to prepare, execute and lead large EU, international and national projects. Industrial experience and industrial stakeholder contact network are appreciated. The applicant should have a doctoral degree and preparedness to work and travel around Finland and internationally.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • An inspiring and persistent leader with a vision
  • Motivated to work in a customer-oriented, multidisciplinary and multi-cultural research organization
  • Active on international research arenas and networks
  • Curious and open-minded, and able to combine different competencies for new solutions
  • Excellent networker with good communication skills
  • A role model, who will be promoting VTT’s values, spirit and culture in the organization and act according to VTT`s leadership principles
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial, identifying commercial opportunities from our research.

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 solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality in the becoming decades. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope
  • Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. With us, you get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects, both locally and internationally. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, 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 over 10 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.
  • Nordic work–life balance. Working in Finland, the happiest country in the world, enables a great quality of life. At VTT, we make our people’s well-being a strategic priority. We offer 6 weeks paid vacation a year, and our benefits include extended occupational healthcare, and a range well-being services, such as exercise and culture benefits and hobby clubs. Read more about the benefits of living and working in Finland as well as VTT's support for relocation of the new employees!

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Application should consist of the following documents (in English):

  • A complete curriculum vitae, maximum of 10 pages
  • A cover letter indicating your motivation for the position
  • A complete list of publications (10 most significant publications marked)
  • Summary of research activities carried out so far (maximum two pages)
  • Your research vision as a research professor, maximum of two pages

Please send your application and the documents above with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 26 September 2022. VTT uses international experts to evaluate the scientific relevance of the applicants to this topic.

Interested and want to know more?

For further information, please contact Antti Arasto, Vice President, Industrial Energy and Hydrogen,, +358400159052 on 6 September at 1:00pm–2:00pm or 13 September at 2:00pm–3:00pm Finnish time.

The position of the Research Professor is fixed term for five years with the possibility of a new five years period and/or permanent position.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Permanent, Fixed term


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 is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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Location: Otaniemi, Espoo

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