Research / Senior Scientist, Sustainable Engineering Solutions

Are you interested in sustainable engineering solutions 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. 

We are looking for a Research / Senior Scientist for developing sustainable tribological engineering solutions for the future. With us, you will solve challenges together with customers and partners from around the world. We offer an encouraging and innovative work environment, brilliant colleagues and various career paths.

With us, your responsibilities will be

The high performance and reliability together with energy and material efficiency are important features of the engineering applications. With us, you will be developing new concepts and solutions for experimental and modelling approaches to support the research and development of tribological applications in different fields of technology, e.g. sustainable energy, e-mobility, alternative fuel and lubricant systems etc.

You will be also involved in building up our collaboration networks and applying research funding with colleagues. Eagerness to help our industrial partners in their challenges is highly appreciated.

Who we are looking for

We expect you to have university degree, i.e. MSc or PhD in the field of mechanical engineering or engineering materials. We also appreciate your previous experience in industry and research.

You have knowledge and background in some of the following topics:

  • Mechanical engineering and tribology (friction, wear and lubrication)
  • Material science and engineering
  • Experimental testing, measurement and data analysis
  • Modern design and modelling methods
  • Application related know-how of machinery and/or process industry

As a person, we hope that you are

You are practical and well-motivated for developing new approaches and concepts for the future. You are a team player who can also work independently, willing to innovate and eager on having new challenges and responsibilities in the field of engineering tribology.

What we offer you:

  • Work for the future. We offer an interesting working environment where we develop knowledge and services for the future engineering solutions. With us, you are able to work in multi-national research projects with leading research institutes and global companies. We are offering the place where you can apply your scientific excellence and problem solving skills in practice to help companies in the development of sustainable products of the future.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 19th of September 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 hear more?

For more information about the position, you can contact Research Team Leader Tomi Lindroos, +358 503020227 or

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Preferentially in Espoo, Otaniemi; Tampere is also possible.

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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 over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

Location: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo

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