Research Scientist in Building Materials and Concrete Structures

Are you interested in building materials and concrete structures and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to develop innovative material solutions 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 the academy and industry? Are you enthusiastic about working with fascinating projects in 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. 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 Research Scientist to join our Structural materials team.

The Structural materials team develops and applies methodologies and tools for research and development needs in the building materials and civil engineering sector. Our aim is to help construction sector to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2035 through building material innovations and full circularity of mineral-based building materials as well as increase concrete structure’s longevity through digitalisation and ageing management solutions. To our clients we offer tailored material formulations and performance optimisations for new and existing structures in support of the transition to a greener economy.

As Research Scientist, you will:

Be responsible for developing solutions for infrastructure related topics from both a structural and material perspective. You will be working closely with our customers and building up networks with other research organisations both in Finland and internationally. Internal cooperation at VTT is important to your work, and you have available multidisciplinary technologies, especially new testing facilities, monitoring systems and data analysis at your disposal. Part of your work will include the preparation of project plans, applications and offers. Depending on your own interests and competences, you may have a role as project manager where you will be supervising other scientists and technicians, taking care of schedules, financing, and developing customer relations.

Who we are looking for:

Strong interdisciplinary knowledge in civil engineering with a focus on the performance of concrete structures and building material science. You should have an MSc degree or higher degree and relevant practical experience preferable in fields of building technology (civil engineering, structural engineering). Experiences in concrete technology, repair of concrete structures, and/or material testing, monitoring and use of non-destructive evaluation equipment are appreciated. Experience in durability performance of concrete (nuclear concrete, radioactive waste application, and other aggressive or extreme environments), quality control, digitization, or automation in these contexts is also appreciated. We value also experience of laboratory research, writing research proposals and publishing in scientific journals. Good communication skills in English are necessary, and in Finnish skills are seen as an advantage.

As a person, we hope that you are:

Open-minded problem-solving team player who will be keen to participate actively in progressing common goals. You should be a sales-oriented person and be interested in new topics to be able to combine different competences. You get energy from challenges and are able to handle several tasks simultaneously. You can work independently but enjoy also working with colleagues having a different cultural background and/or competence. You have good communication skills and respect the work of your colleagues.

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 letter with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 11th of December 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 Miguel Ferreira +358401380546. 

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: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo



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