Research Team Leader, Optical Spectroscopy

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Nov 2022

Are you looking for a meaningful job with the possibility to make an impact? Would you like to develop innovative technology and services with superb colleagues who are top experts in their field? Do you want to build an excellent career in research and development and work at the interface of academy and industry? 

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 visionary Research Team Leader for our Optical spectroscopy team.  

In this position, you will lead research on optical spectroscopy based high-end sensing technologies to create new measurement solutions for demanding applications in industry.  As a Research Team Leader, you are responsible for leading your team and its project portfolio to create increasing impact for customers and stakeholders. You also contribute to research projects yourself. 

Optical spectroscopy team focuses especially on developing on-line measurement solutions based on laser-based isotope spectroscopy and active hyperspectral technology. We aim to open new ways to improve sustainability in industrial processes and energy production by more advanced optical sensing technologies. The research is carried out in close collaboration with companies and other research partners.  

Your responsibilities as Research Team Leader: 
  • This is a line manager role, so you are responsible for coaching the team and team members’ performance as an inspirational leader. Employee wellbeing, recruitment and team competence development are your key priorities. 
  • Visionary leadership of the team. In response to evolving needs of customers and stakeholders, you will develop your team’s research agenda together with the team. You will be the spokesperson for the research topic and take an active role in promoting its visibility. 
  • Relevance and ambition of the team’s project portfolio and impactful collaboration with companies, policy makers and other stakeholders.  
  • Leading and actively taking part in project preparations with customers and other partners. Working as one of the key contributors of the area and participating in relevant research projects by yourself.  
  • As member of the research area’s leadership team, you find ways to combine competences and foster internal-/external collaboration to ensure wider impact.  
  • This is a line manager role, so you are responsible for coaching the team and team members’ performance as an inspirational leader. Employee wellbeing, recruitment and team competence development are your key priorities.  

Who we are looking for: 
  • Several years of working experience in recent sensor technologies and developing measurement solutions.   
  • Fields of expertise: optics and photonics, more specifically hyperspectral sensing and/or laser spectroscopy 
  • Proven skills in research and development for industrial applications with a track record in driving excellence and impact in the area of research. 
  • Experience in industrial collaboration with customer / stakeholder networks is considered as an asset 
  • Work history in managing a team or leading project teams 
  • As a leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. Strong interpersonal skills are required in the position.  
  • You have a Master of Science degree in a relevant field or equivalent science experience. A doctoral degree is considered as an asset.  
  • Good communication skills and ability to build high value research collaboration in the area. You should be proficient in English language.  

As a person, we hope that you are: 
  • Motivating leader with the ability to coach and develop people  
  • Proactive and self-driven mindset  
  • Development-oriented, aiming at creating value for customers 
  • Eager to learn and ambitious to achieve high goals  
  • Team player and easy to work with.  

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. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, such as Micronova, the Finnish research infrastructure for micro-, nano- and quantum technologies.   
  • 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 13 of November 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 Martti Heinonen, Vice President, +358 40 0686553, . 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Apply between 28 October 2022 and 13 November 2022 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)

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.

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