Senior Scientist / Research Scientist, Thermal measurements

Are you interested in thermal measurements and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to develop innovative technology with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? VTT might be just the place for you.

At VTT MIKES, we develop solutions and new technology for measurement applications where quality matters. Our research and services are vital for industry in achieving success in global markets. As the National Metrology Institute of Finland, VTT MIKES carries out fundamental research in measurement science and realises SI units in close collaboration with research partners throughout the world. Read more here.

We are now looking for a Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist to join our Thermal measurements team.

What you will do:

In this position you will be developing new measurement and calibration systems for temperature, humidity, and gas composition. You will take a deep dive on proving reliability of measurements and take an important role in our team providing expert services for customers.

Depending on your personal background and interest, your responsibilities may include:

  • Design and construction of measurement setups and calibration devices.
  • Testing, optimizing and validating instrument performance.
  • Conducting laboratory and on-site measurement as well as reporting results in scientific journals.
  • Innovation activities, e.g. invention disclosures and patents.
  • Working closely with our customers.

As a Senior Scientist, your responsibilities may also include:

  • Generating new research ideas and creating research partnerships with industry and other research organisations.
  • Managing research projects.
  • Developing and maintaining National Measurement Standards as well as leading national measurement standards operations.
  • International metrology cooperation.

The person who we are looking for has:

  • Master’s or Doctor’s degree in physics or engineering.
  • Knowledge in thermodynamics.
  • Fluent written and oral communication in English.
  • Relevant research experience in at least one of the following areas:
    • Measurement techniques for one or several relevant parameters (temperature, humidity, gas composition).
    • Metrological traceability in thermometry, humidity, gas composition.
    • Experimental thermodynamics.

The following skills and knowledge are considered an asset:

  • Numerical simulation, e.g. COMSOL
  • Data analysis, e.g. related to dynamic measurements
  • CAD design, e.g. SolidWorks
  • Programming, e.g. Matlab, LabView
  • Electronics
  • Pressure, gas flow and mass measurement technologies

As a person you are:

Enthusiastic about developing novel measurement and calibration techniques in national and international projects for a variety of applications ranging from quantum computers to thermal control systems for satellites. We are looking for a passionate researcher who is a fast learner and goes beyond the obvious. You like problem solving and make initiatives rather than wait for instructions. We highly value a hands-on and can-do attitude. As you will work closely with our clients, strong networking and collaboration skills with a customer-oriented mind-set are valuable. You are a team player who wants to share your knowhow and learn from others.

What we offer

A great opportunity to develop high-end Metrology for the future needs of industry and society. You will be working in an international and inspiring research environment together with top professionals. There is also an opportunity to make PhD thesis as part of the work. The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates have been found.

For further information

Please contact Research Team Leader Richard Högström (

We look forward to hearing from you!


Location: Espoo

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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