Research Team Leader, Advanced Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

Are you looking for a meaningful job in the field of nuclear energy with a possibility to make an impact? 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 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 visionary Research Team Leader for our Advanced Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics team.

The team is located in VTT’s Nuclear Energy research area. The team is an international team comprised of world-class experts on research of fracture mechanics and fatigue of materials in radiation and environmental conditions of nuclear power plants. As the primary user of the Centre for Nuclear Safety hot cell facilities, the team includes engineers and scientists that conduct sophisticated testing of non- and radioactive materials for clients and research partners both in Finland and abroad. The Advanced Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics team works in close collaboration with our customers and other research teams at VTT and with business development.

This is a key role in the organisation in which you will have the opportunity to build and drive forward the impactful research and to solve customer challenges.

Your responsibilities as a Research Team Leader:

  • Visionary leadership of the team. You will be the spokesperson for the research topic and take an active role in promoting its visibility.
  • Create impact by research work resulting in longer, safer and more economical operation of nuclear power plants.
  • Relevance and ambition of the team’s project portfolio and impactful collaboration with companies, policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Working as one of the key contributors of the area and participating in relevant research projects also yourself.
  • As member of the research area’s leadership team, you find ways to combine competences and foster internal-/external collaboration to ensure wider impact.
  • This is a line manager role, so you are responsible for coaching the team and team members’ performance as an inspirational leader. Employee wellbeing, recruitment and team’s competence development are your key priority.

Your profile and experience:

  • Excellent substance knowledge and understanding of the team’s research content.
  • Proven research skills with a strong track record in driving excellence and impact in the area of research. You have a Master of Science degree in a relevant field or equivalent science experience. A doctoral degree is considered as an asset.
  • As a leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. Strong and proven interpersonal skills are mandatory in the position.
  • Good communication skills and ability to build high value research collaboration in the area.
  • You are familiar with different funding instruments such as Horizon Europe and Business Finland.
  • You should be proficient in English language.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Science and technology leader with visionary view of your substance area
  • Motivating people leader with the ability to coach and develop people
  • Proactive and possess a self-driven mind-set
  • Creative and have the ability to develop new, innovative solutions for customers utilising existing and emerging solutions
  • Eager to learn and an ambitious to achieve high goals.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • Visionary work in technology. We offer positions at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering for nuclear energy systems. 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’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal in the new Centre for Nuclear Safety laboratory.  
  • 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 29 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 Tommi Nyman, Vice President, Nuclear Energy, tel. +358503607823 on Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 15 - 16 or Wednesday 27 October 2021 at 10 - 11 (Finnish time).

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 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.

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