Senior / Principal Scientist, Bioprocess Engineering

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Dec 2022

Are you interested in developing bioprocess engineering solutions for industrial biotechnology applications? Do you have enthusiasm for understanding the physiology of microbial cells and how to use them for advancing bioeconomy? Do you want to build a science career and work in a versatile role 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 Senior / Principal Scientist to join our Bioprocess Engineering team

In this position, you will have an essential role in developing, planning and carrying out research projects and applying for research funding. You will be responsible for building our project portfolio and developing substance knowledge and competence for our organisation’s and customers’ needs. You’ll have an active role in customer relations and you will use your vision to develop the excellence of the field.

Our team, Bioprocess Engineering team provides solutions for a variety of bioprocesses and exploitation of different organisms – from bacteria, yeasts and fungi to algae and plant cells. Precise monitoring and characterization of microbial physiology in process conditions facilitates optimization and scale-up from bench scale cultivations to semi-industrial pilot scale processes. Together with other research teams in VTT’s Industrial biotechnology and food research, we are developing bioinspired processes for production of sustainable materials and other products.

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Your responsibilities as Senior / Principal Scientist:
  • As a member of the multidisciplinary research team, you will use your expertise in bioprocess technologies of cell factories for production of e.g. proteins and metabolites and development of new methods and tools
  • You will contribute to both academic and industrial customer research and development projects
  • You will develop high-quality research project plans and apply for national and international research grants
  • You will communicate with and approach a wide range of co-operation partners, academia, industrial partners and other interest groups.
  • You will use your vision to develop the excellence of the field

Who we are looking for:
  • You have a PhD or D.Sc. (in Tech.) in biotechnology and bioprocess engineering or closely similar field and postdoctoral research experience
  • You have several years work experience and track record in microbial physiology and fermentation processes
  • Excellent communications skills in English are required

It is an advantage if you also have:

  • additional experience in any of the following areas: C1 carbon sources, microbiology, automation in biotechnology, machine learning
  • Experience in scaling up from laboratory scale up to pilot scale
  • strong data analysis skills and familiarity with ELN/ LIMS type of software

As a person, we hope that you are:
  • You have strong communication and collaboration skills. You are able to efficiently interact with your colleagues and with people from different fields.
  • An enthusiastic outside-the-box thinker. You enjoy challenges and learning new things and have a strong passion for science and research and development
  • A further benefit is knowledge about the interactions between research and business

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:                                 
  • Natural sciences with an impact. VTT works on the cutting-edge of natural sciences, and we’ve invested into building state-of-the-art research facilities for natural sciences, such as a high throughput automation platform, extensive analytics, a broad range of bioreactors and the Bioruukki pilot infrastructure for bio- and circular economy (web links to these?). We are also well networked and are e.g. members of the IBISBA infrastructure ( ) and Global Biofoundries Alliance networks ( ). Our research agenda is dedicated to solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and unleashing the power of synthetic biology. That means that at VTT, your expertise in natural sciences will go towards creating real impact. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope .
  • Superb colleagues and community. With VTT, you’ll join a community of over 2000 multidisciplinary experts who foster a culture of trust, openness and sharing knowledge. We work truly across disciplines, and house all the cutting-edge sciences from quantum computing to synthetic biology under one roof. Collaborating with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun.  
  • Excellent career in research. At VTT, excellence in research is a strategic priority. We offer long-term positions and stable career paths in top-level research. There are always new roles and responsibilities to grow into. A combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects keeps your career path interesting.
  • Nordic work–life balance. Working in Finland, the happiest country in the world, enables a great quality of life. At VTT, we make our people’s well-being a strategic priority. We offer 6 weeks paid vacation a year, and our benefits include extended occupational healthcare, and a range well-being services, such as exercise and culture benefits and hobby clubs.

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 December 13 2022. 

Interested and want to hear more?

For more information about the position, please contact Research Team Leader Jaana Uusitalo , +358 40 8219137 or Senior Scientist Kiira Vuoristo , +358 50 4718419.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

Apply between 25 November 2022 and 13 December 2022 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)

Employment type: Fulltime, 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.

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