Senior Scientist, Data Economy, EU Projects

Would you like to be part of data driven research and acceleration of data centric culture and approaches in public and private sector? Are you interested in actively participating in and leading VTT’s involvement in EU projects, national and international customer projects on data economy? Are you looking for a new opportunity inside VTT? 

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. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World

We are now looking for Senior Scientist to join our Data Intensive Economy team in VTT’s Foresight and data economy research area.

As a Senior scientist, you have a key role in participating and leading VTT’s activities in different types of EU and BF funded projects in the area of data economy, and also actively leading preparations and coordination internally and with external partners for new potential EU projects. The location of the position is in Espoo, Tampere or Oulu.

In the Foresight and data economy research area, we discover and reveal future opportunities through for example foresight and strategy, future consumers, sustainable business, ethics, and advanced data spaces. We concretize the future opportunities and create actionable strategies for future-proof businesses and societies. Our excellence is delivered by around 100 researchers working in the area.

In our Data Intensive Economy team, we help businesses and societies to excel in data and technology intensive competition where highly scalable business models and value networks are a necessity. The area is highly topical with great potential to create high impact initiatives. In this position, you have key role to develop co-creation and research projects with companies, cities, universities and ministries.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contributor and being an active contributor in research projects. As a senior researcher, you also coach younger researcher in their research activities. 
  • Pro-active role in identifying funding opportunities (national, international) for projects that support our team’s goals.
  • Project preparation, coordination and project management of EU projects where VTT is a coordinator
  • Contribution in VTT’s strategy around data intensive economy
  • Interaction with relevant research partners, customers, and stakeholders to determine challenges, formulate solutions, and identify potential impact of the foreseen solutions
  • Act as an interface between our team and external research partners and stakeholders.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have a relevant research background with proven results in data or data related business research 
  • You have at least 3 years of experience in successful EU project coordination. In addition, experience in coordinating complex, cross-disciplinary multi-stakeholder projects is highly appreciated.
  • Experience in preparing EU proposals (H2020), and knowhow of EC calls related to at least one or more of the following topics: smart cities, data economy, circular economy, sustainability
  • A skilful writer to produce different types and professional levels of text with excellent written and spoken English and articulation skills

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • An initiative taker who is capable of working in a flexible and independent manner, and in collaborating with colleagues across differe¬nt fields of science and technology. We appreciate curiosity, passion as well as the ability to take the long-term perspective and find beyond-the-obvious solutions.
  • Able to have a systemic view of different solutions while at the same time, having the capability to understand intrinsic details of individual solutions where and when necessary.
  •  Proactive and collaborative ways of working, good organizer and good communication and networking skills You are also able to facilitate communication and collaboration between different stakeholders with ability to influence and compromise in complex and culturally diverse environments 
  • A team player with excellent co-operation, communication and people skills
  •  Highly motivated to work in the field of Data Economy

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • 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 23rd of January 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 know more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Riina Luoma,, 040 568 35 82, from Tue 11th onwards every day from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent (hybrid work)


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: Espoo, Tampere or Oulu


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