Senior Scientist, Data Economy

EU professional to work as a Senior Scientist, Data Economy

Would you like to be part of data economy research and co-development in multistakeholder, cross-sectoral environments? Would you like to accelerate data driven decision making in public and private sector? Are you interested in leading national and international data economy projects?

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us is 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 for EU project preparation, project management and research to join our Data Intensive Economy team in VTT’s Foresight and data economy research area.

You have a key role to identify, prepare, substantiate and lead VTT’s activities in EU and Business Finland funded projects in data economy. The position offers you a vantage point to the European data economy to grow understanding and drive new innovations in this critical area. It’s also a unique opportunity to further develop personal competencies in this field. The location of the position is in Espoo, Tampere or Oulu and requires 20-30% travelling in the EU region.

In the Foresight and Data Economy -research area, we discover and reveal future opportunities through 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 excel in data and technology intensive competition where data asset focused 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:

  • Self-initiated identification of suitable research funding instruments for research projects.
  • Lead, coordinate and manage EU projects – preparations, Task, Work Packages and VTT level participation, you get to grow towards EU project e2e level ownership and coordination. Active co-operation with relevant research partners, customers, and stakeholders to determine challenges, formulate solutions, and identify impact of the foreseen solutions.
  • Data economy research.
  • Facilitate collaboration with companies and research organisations to create leading European consortiums in the area of data economy.
  • Act as an interface between our team and external research partners and stakeholders.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have position relevant, strong and accomplished work and/or research experience in the field of data economy from one or more areas in: data strategy consultancy, data management, data analytics, data lifecycle management, platform economy. Experience from data science, data platforms or data ecosystems related business modeling is considered an advantage.
  • You have experience from successful EU project preparations and leading a work package or consortium level projects from midsize to large EU projects. In addition, experience in coordinating complex, cross-disciplinary multi-stakeholder projects is highly appreciated.
  • Professional level spoken and written English skills.
  • Skillset, personal qualities, and the ability to represent VTT’s and national interests in multinational environments – ability to influence, collaborate, network, and create impact.
  • Experience in preparing and coordinating successful EU funding proposals from at least one of the following sectors: smart cities, data economy, circular economy, sustainability, energy, traffic / mobility, health and safety.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to synthesize and articulate solutions for complex decisions and problems. The ability to communicate a vision and build confidence and trust.
  • You have international (EU) networks of research organisations and/or companies.

As a person, we hope that you...

  • are a team player with excellent co-operation, communication, presentation and people skills
  • have the ability to grasp abstract and wide topics, scale at different granularity levels and profoundly understand the point of view of different stakeholders, ability to negotiate and compromise with level of persistency and tenacity.
  • are an initiator who works in flexible and independent manner in culturally diverse stakeholder environments with colleagues across different fields of science and technology. We appreciate a systematic and structured approach as well as the ability to take the long-term perspective and find beyond-the-obvious solutions.
  • have proactive and collaborative ways of working, good organizer and networking skills. You are also able to facilitate communication and collaboration between different stakeholders with ability to influence and inspire in complex and culturally diverse environments
  • are 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 wide range of well-being services.

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 25th of May 2022.

Interested and want to know more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Riina Luoma, , 040 568 35 82, between Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.00 - 13.00.

We look forward to hear from you!


Location: Espoo, Oulu, Tampere

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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 is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

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