Research Scientist, Computational Structural Integrity

Are you interested in computational structural integrity studies 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? 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 focuses on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT's tech & infra.

We are now looking for Research Scientist to join our Structural Integrity team!

As a Research Scientist, you will have a role both in carrying out customer-related case studies and in developing, validating and taking into use computational methods and tools within different types of research and development projects. You will have an opportunity to conduct versatile work in EU, national and commercial projects regarding research in computational structural integrity studies. The job will be located in Kemistintie 3, Espoo.

Our team, Structural Integrity works mainly on numerical studies mainly related to structural integrity of Nuclear Power Plants. We are developing and validating computational methods and tools within research projects and applying the methods for real-world applications in different types of contract works in order to solve problems and find answers to structural integrity-related questions. These tools and methods are applicable also in other industries, thus we are e.g. solving long-term operation-related questions also in conventional power plans.

Read more about our research from VTT's Research Information Portal:

Your responsibilities as Research Scientist:

  • Your main responsibilities will be in demanding computational structural integrity studies on applications mentioned above
  • Participation in research projects related to structural integrity of nuclear power plant metallic components
  • Development and validation of computational methods and tools
  • Project management

Who we are looking for:

  • Strong background (MSc or PhD degree) in solid mechanics, structural mechanics and/or strength of materials
  • Competence in strength assessments of metallic components
  • Experience with finite element analyses and software for structural analyses (Abaqus preferred)
  • Competence in analytical and numerical fracture mechanics

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • You are systematic
  • You can handle pressure and you are able to prioritize
  • You are eager to work with new topics with an open-minded attitude and able to work out of your comfort zones
  • You aim to develop yourself, your skills, and the skills of your team mates as well.

What we offer you:

  • 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 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. At VTT, you will have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, such as the VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety. 
  • 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.
  • 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 10 April 2023. 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 Senior Scientist Juha Kuutti,, +358405655471 on Thursdays 14:00–15:00 UTC+2 / Helsinki.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Structural Integrity team is part of Nuclear energy research area, which helps the industry and society to 1) find how nuclear energy, delivered as electrical power, heat or hydrogen, can reduce emissions in various applications, 2) apply nuclear energy in a safe and sustainable manner, from new build projects to plant life management, decommissioning and radwaste management, and 3) get more information about materials, structures and chemicals, through the testing and analytics services in our laboratories. Explore more from:

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent (hybrid work)


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Location: Kemistintie 3, Espoo

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