Senior Scientist, Sustainable Business

Are you interested in sustainable business and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Would you like to develop sustainability strategies with companies and with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build an excellent research career and work at the interface of academy and industry? Are you enthusiastic about working with fascinating projects in an international environment? 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. 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 a Senior Scientist for our Sustainable Business team. Sustainability is the key driver behind the current transitions towards future economies and the concrete future understanding has become a strategic asset for companies and societies. General challenge is to understand what kind of business solutions will benefit not only the businesses but also customers and societies - creating win-win- solutions. A well-designed sustainability strategy, based on fact-based reasoning, provides a sound and future-looking foundation for making business. By being a forerunner, the businesses can achieve competitiveness, which is hard to copy.

VTT is among international leaders in accelerating business transformation towards sustainable circularity as well as in developing and applying high-level sustainability assessment methods. Supported by in-house technology experts we work daily with manufacturing, process, energy, and food industries to bring industrial relevance and value from sustainability and circularity.

In this position, you will play a key role in the development of VTT’s excellence on sustainable business and how this knowledge is turned into actionable sustainability strategies for companies. The excellence is built by an ambitious, evolving, and shared research and customer agendas. A central part of this position is to participate in the development of sustainable strategy offering and sales.

Join us in building a top European sustainable business research team with leading technology to business acumen! Our customers’ interest in utilizing sustainability strategy work is constantly rising. We are actively broadening our services’ international markets and competitiveness. VTT’s leading position in novel technologies and businesses provides a unique understanding included in sustainable business and sustainability strategies.

Our team is located in Espoo and Tampere so you can work from either location.


With us, you will be responsible for:

  • Development and design of sustainability strategy offering and active participation in the development of the contract research portfolio.
  • Supporting the development of the strategic excellence of the team.
  • Active collaboration with the Future-proof societies and Ethics and responsibility of innovations teams.
  • Participating for the team’s research agenda creation and execution.
  • With your high ambition level and goal-oriented mindset, you ensure the high quality and impact of the project work done for our customers.
  • As one of the key experts of the area, you participate hands-on in relevant research and customer project work. This is a key role in the organization in which you will have the opportunity to build and drive forward impactful research and high customer value.
  • Contributing to key framework, methodology, tools, and competences development together with your team, relevant VTT experts and partners (incl. i.e., technology or business design companies)
  • Publishing in different media (journals, conference papers, some publications, other publications)


We expect you to have:

  • You have at least 5 year’s working experience on the sustainable business area.
  • You have a PhD or equivalent science experience of the area, with excellent academic credits.
  • Strong understanding on the sustainability strategies in businesses. You have acted as a consultant (management consulting / strategy consulting) or in other relevant role in (i.e. corporate strategy or business development roles) in companies or research organisations.
  • Strong understanding on the three pillars of sustainability: economic, ecologic and society.
  • Excellence in designing relevant offerings for the companies and development of contract research portfolio.
  • Proven track record in driving impact in research and results in sales.
  • Strategic thinking skills with ability to execute.
  • Strong communication skills with C-level readiness. Ability to build collaboration and networks with different stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in English and Finnish languages.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Proactive, self-driven mind-set and eager to learn.
  • Customer centric with ambitious to achieve results.
  • Innovative and easy to work with.


What we offer you:

  • Visionary work in technology and business. 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.
  • Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. Our researchers get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects, both locally and internationally.
  • 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.

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information please contact Maria Antikainen, Research team leader, Sustainable Business, (email: tel: +358 40 512 4260).

We hope you are interested in joining us, so please send your CV and application with your salary request as soon as possible, or 20.5.2022 at the latest.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Location:  Espoo or Tampere, Finland

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Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


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 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.


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