Research Scientist, Computational Fluid Dynamics

Are you interested in computational fluid dynamics modelling and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to develop innovative technology with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build an excellent science career and work 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 a dedicated research talent for our process modelling team to develop and apply Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to challenges of energy and process industry. The focus areas of our research team include low-carbon industrial processes and hydrogen utilization. Our main simulation tools are ANSYS Fluent and OpenFOAM.

Together with your colleagues, you will have a key role in developing new modelling methods and services to support our customers in chemical and process industry and energy production. You will be using commercial and in-house CFD, chemistry modelling and simulation tools to support our customers’ operations and R&D activities.

You have the opportunity to work with leading companies in the process and energy industry. Our work is based on our profound scientific understanding and validated methods, which are supported by our in-house process and industry experts. We have excellent tools and a recognized team that has pioneered in CFD for more than 25 years.

Your responsibilities as Research Scientist:

  • CFD simulations of different processes, particularly related to reactive and multiphase flows using OpenFOAM and ANSYS Fluent.
  • Development of modelling components and tools based on OpenFOAM or ANSYS Fluent.
  • Communication of software development items (APIs, architecture, requirements) with other internal and external developers.
  • Developing customer cases and managing projects in collaboration with the colleagues.
  • Communicating with key stakeholders in companies and in the academia orally and in writing.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have Master of Science or PhD degree in a relevant field
  • You have experience or knowledge in CFD modelling
  • Knowledge in chemistry is an advantage
  • Good skills in C++ programming are an advantage.

As a person, we hope that you are:

You are positive, passionate and committed to your work. You deliver according to the targets. You have an analytical mind-set, and you are a problem solver with scientific curiosity and proactive attitude. You love to learn and develop your expertise. You work well in a group and enjoy collaboration but are capable of independent work on assigned targets.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • Visionary work in technology. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating sustainable growth by solving systemic and technological challenges, so your work will go towards creating 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, both locally and internationally.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 31 October 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 know more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Timo Pättikangas, tel. +358 40 595 1968, e-mail:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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