Research Scientist, Life Cycle Assessment

Are you interested in life cycle assessment and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to work with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field and 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.

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We are now looking for Research Scientist to join our Industrial Circular Economy team.

As a research scientist, your key goals are working with environmental and circular impacts assessment for manufacturing and materials solutions, example for batteries and electrification. In this position, you will have an essential role in selected research projects to assess life cycle impacts of the processes and products, and later grow as expert in circular design.

Our team, Industrial Circular Economy, is working with environmental, economic and material related aspects of circular solutions. We work example with lifetime extension strategies, material recycling and waste.

Read more about our research:

As Research Scientist, life cycle assessment you will: 

  • With us, you are assessing environmental and circularity impacts, and working with customers in the Finnish battery value chain, process industry and manufacturing industry.
  • Also dynamic modelling of material flows and environmental impacts will be later your responsibilities.
  • You will also develop computational eco-design modelling as a research topic with us.

Who we are looking for:

  • We are looking you to have few years experience (from studies and/or work) in life cycle assessment (materials, process industry or manufacturing industry) and good mathematical and computational skills
  • Knowledge of materials or chemistry or manufacturing is preferential.
  • We are looking for person with Master’s Degree in materials or environmental engineering or related technical field
  • Good English writing and digital skills are expected. Most of the work in near future is in national scale, so Finnish skills, as a spoken and written, is preferential.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • good in numbers, experienced in life-cycle assessment, including basic modelling skills for dynamic material flow analysis
  • efficient team worker, well-organized and pro-active 
  • good in communication and customer work

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: 

  • 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 31 May 2022. 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 Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen,, 040-4835785 on 16.5.13-14, 18.5. 13.30-14.30 or 19.5. 14-15.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Espoo (FutureHub) or Tampere.


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Employment type: Fulltime, 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 is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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