Senior Scientist, Value-driven Sustainable Construction

Are you interested in sustainable construction and smart built environment, 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? Do you want to build an excellent science career and work at the interface of academy and industry? 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 Research Scientist to join our Sustainable construction -team!

As a Senior Scientist, your key goal is to actively participate in top level research and development activities, working with the industry and other relevant actors in the field. In this position, you will have an essential role in applying funding, preparing and leading large national and international RDI projects. You will also interact and cooperate closely with the real-estate and construction sector actors, our partners and customers.

Our team, Value-driven sustainable construction, focuses on the green and digital transition targets of the built environment, with related business opportunities and their impact to sustainable development. We work on lean construction processes supported with digital solutions and innovative methods, energy and material efficiency of buildings, circular economy of construction, developing the life cycle performance of the building stock with optimal renovation solutions. We seek to better understand the systemic challenges in construction value chains and the needed changes in life cycle processes of built environment assets.

Your responsibilities as a Senior Scientist:

  • Identifying project opportunities and preparing funding applications for research projects
  • Leading, coordinating and managing projects of different types (e.g. EU projects, Business Finland and customer projects)
  • Interacting and collaborating with potential and existing customers
  • Conducting research and development activities in the field of sustainable construction and smart built environment, disseminating the learnings
  • Writing reports and deliverables, and conducting other research-related tasks
  • Participating in excellence development of the team, mentoring colleagues in their early career
  • Fostering networks within the company and with stakeholders.

Your profile and experience:

  • You have versatile experience in RDI in real-estate and construction sector / sustainable built environment; your experience can be either from companies or academic research
  • You have a Master’s or PhD degree in civil engineering, energy engineering, industrial engineering and management, information technologies, or a related field connected to sustainable construction
  • You have experience in preparing and managing large national / international projects or customers projects
  • You speak English fluently; fluency in other languages, especially Finnish, is considered as an asset
  • You have the ability to interact with customers and other stakeholders in the field

It is also beneficial if you have experience in project preparation and coordination of EU funded projects. Any experience from customer work or collaboration with international partners is considered as an advantage.

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • Good team worker and willing to take leadership of projects
  • A fast learner who is capable of working in a flexible and independent manner, and collaborating with colleagues across different fields of science and technology
  • Interest in business development; you are business-minded, and you like to collaborate with customers and partners
  • We appreciate results-orientation, curiosity, passion as well as the ability to take the long-term perspective and find beyond-the-obvious solutions.

What we offer you:

  • 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.
  • 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 for 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 2 June 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 hear more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Jussi Rönty,, +358 40 098 3922 on Tuesday 17 May between 10 - 12 or Wednesday 25 May between 10 - 12 (Finnish time).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location:  Espoo, Tampere or Oulu (Hybrid)

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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 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: Tekniikantie 21, Espoo

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