Researcher / Computational Biologist (Fixed-term)

Are you interested in computational biology and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to do impactful research in the cutting edge of natural sciences with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build a science career and work in a versatile role 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. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World

We are now looking for Researcher / Computational Biologist to join our Bioanalytics and biological data science -team.

In this position, you will have an essential role in developing strategies for improving microbial (or plant) cells and microbial communities for sustainable industrial biotechnology and food applications.

Our teamworks on small molecule and protein analytics in biological matrices, automated platforms for molecular biology and microbial cell cultivations, and computational modelling and bioinformatics. With these expertises we support VTT’s bigger mission of solving global challenges through science and technology, sustainability, resource sufficiency and food security in particular.

As Researcher / Computational Biologist, you will:

  • You will use your expertise in metabolic modelling, microbial physiology, and synthetic biology to develop model-guided means for microbial strain and community improvement for sustainable applications (industrial biotechnology and novel food solutions)
  • You will engage in an international group of computational biologists and bioinformaticians to develop solutions for other computational biology challenges such as fermentation process modelling, next-generation sequencing data analysis, and finding novel enzymes
  • You will contribute to applying and also apply for research grants
  • You will contribute to both academic and industrial customer research and development projects

Who we are looking for:

  • You have a PhD or D.Sc. (in Tech.) in computational biology, biotechnology, or similar field
  • You have track record on experience in metabolic modelling
  • You have additional experience in one of the following additional areas: microbial physiology, bioprocess engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, automation in biotechnology, bioanalytics, machine learning, bioinformatics

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • An enthusiastic outside-the-box thinker with strong collaborative skills and attitude.
  • You enjoy challenges and learning new things, and have a strong passion for science and research and development.
  • We appreciate the ability to tolerate pressure and maintain good work-life balance, as well as willingness to collaborate with experts and partners across different fields.

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. 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.
  • Nordic work–life balance. Working in Finland, the happiest country in the world, enables a great quality of life. At VTT, we make our people’s well-being a strategic priority. We offer 6 weeks paid vacation a year, and our benefits include extended occupational healthcare, and a range well-being services, such as exercise and culture benefits and hobby clubs.

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 September 26th 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 further information, please contact Research Team Leader Paula Jouhten,, +358405238330, on September 14th at 11-12 or on 21st of September at 11-12.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term


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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