Senior Research Scientist in Computational Materials Science

Are you an expert in phase field modelling and computational materials science and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to conduct impactful research in the cutting edge of natural sciences with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build an excellent science career and work in a versatile role at the interface of academy and industry? VTT might be just the place for you. If you are an international talent searching for a new opportunity, read more about the benefits of living in Finland and VTT’s support for relocation VTT support and benefits.pdf

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We are now looking for Senior Scientist to join ProperTune ICME team (materials modeling group focusing on metallic materials). 

As a Senior Scientist, your key goals are developing and applying Phase Field method on state-of-the-art and next-generation metallic alloys and ceramic materials, with phenomena ranging from solidification, solid-state phase transformations, crack propagation, and couplings to crystal plasticity models.  In this position, you will have an essential role in developing and applying these methods to many different manufacturing processes and end applications. 

In ProperTune ICME team, we work on using multiscale modelling approaches for optimal computational materials design, and replacing expensive, time-consuming testing. We have spent last two decades to develop modelling tools across length and time scales together with our industrial partners and applied them to their critical components in mechanical machines and devices. With our modelling excellence, we aim to shorten the time-to-market of high-performance materials by an average of 50%. 

Read more about our research here: Computational materials science applications - VTT ProperTune ( 

As Senior Scientist:  

  • You have deep understanding about phase field method in the field of metals; ceramics and composite materials is a plus. 

  • You have MSc. degree, preferably PhD, in in a relevant field, such as, materials physics, material science and engineering, or computer science. 

  • We expect you to have at least five years of working experience in the field of materials science and proven experience on solving materials related challenges.  

  • Familiarity with Unix-like operating systems 

  • Experience in programming / data analysis (Python, Matlab, C/C++, etc.) 

  • Fluent written and spoken English is mandatory. 

  • The following are considered an advantage: 

  • Familiarity of other atomistic or microstructural materials modelling methods, such as MD, DFT, CP, CFD, or cellular automaton approaches,  

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques and familiarity with modern related tools  

  • Experience in analysis of experimentally produced data, using techniques with methods and tools, like SEM, TEM, EDS, XRD, and DSC. 

  • If you as a Senior Scientist, have established networks both in academia and industry and like to widen them both nationally and globally. 

As a person, we hope that you are: 

A curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges. We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are also a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive a positive impact in the world. 

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: / What we offer:   

  • Science with an impact. At VTT, we seek to solve large societal challenges and drive a sustainable future through applied research and innovation. With us, you’ll get to work on research projects that make a concrete, positive impact in the world. Read more about our strategy, the path of exponential hope, and our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work. 

  • Open culture of innovation. We have nearly 80 years of experience in science-based innovation, a strong international reputation and global networks. We work truly across disciplines, and house all the cutting-edge sciences from quantum computing to synthetic biology under one roof. At VTT, you’ll join a community of over 2000 multidisciplinary experts who foster a culture of trust, openness and sharing knowledge. Collaborating with amazing colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun. 

  • 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. 

  • Great career in research. We offer long-term positions and flexible career paths in top-level research. People tend to stay with us for over 10 years, as you can advance to different roles and responsibilities within VTT. At VTT, researchers have flexibility and independence to affect the content of their work, and a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects keeps your career path interesting.  


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 8th of October 2023. We will process applications as they come in and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. A security clearance procedure may be conducted during the recruitment process. 

Interested and want to hear more? 

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Tom Andersson, Research Team Leader, (e-mail preferred) or +358 407765018 between 12:00-13:00 o´clock.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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