Senior Scientist, Materials Design and Processing at VTT Powder Piloting

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Jan 2022

Are you interested in sustainable materials design and manufacturing, and looking for a new job opportunity in the field? Do you dream of integrating modern experimental research and the world-class computational materials modelling in your work? VTT might be just the place for you. As an expert of metallic and ceramic materials, you might be our future colleague!

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. 

In recent years, we have for example demonstrated how industrial side-streams can be utilized as raw materials, how critical raw materials Co and W can be substituted in hard metals, how novel magnetic materials can be used in electromechanical components based on additive manufacturing and many more successful examples targeting higher material efficiency and lower energy consumption. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World

We are now looking for a Senior Scientist to join our Sustainable Materials Design team.

As a Senior Scientist, your key goals are developing the team’s knowledge and project portfolio towards strategic targets and further ensure that our capabilities and results are in line with the demands of our customers. In this position, you will have an essential role in combining experimental and computational modelling tools to speed up the development cycle of novel metal, ceramic and composite materials and their manufacturing technologies. You will participate in a wide range of projects as an expert on your field and have an important role in project planning together with our customers.

Our team, Sustainable Materials Design, focuses on the development of material and manufacturing solutions enabling resource savings and higher operation performance for the entire life-cycle. We are specialized in powder-based materials and processing technologies. VTT Powder Piloting facilities covers whole chain form material processing to manufacturing of components ready to testing in real operation conditions. The following three themes form the backbone of our projects:

  • Resource sufficiency via substitution, secondary raw materials and long life-cycle.
  • Energy efficiency via minimizing wear, friction, power losses during operation and manufacturing.
  • Material and manufacturing solutions to support emerging technologies, such as electrification (e-mobility, e-processes) and additive manufacturing.

Read more about our research: and check out also our team's another open position: Research Scientist, Materials Engineering at VTT Powder Piloting

Your responsibilities as a Senior Scientist:
  • You will develop new ways of combining experimental and computational materials research to speed up the development cycle. You will act as the contact point between the computational modelling and experimental materials research.
  • You will work as a project group member and use your expertise to help the team to meet the targeted goals. You will participate both in experimental and modelling activities (exact role will be determined based on your background).
  • As a project group member and project manager, ensure that the defined tasks are accomplished on time and results are delivered and reported with high quality.
  • Active participation in project planning and preparation, including active communication with customers and writing proposals together with your colleagues. You will follow selected technology areas and generate new ideas and contacts to stakeholders.

Who we are looking for:
  • You have deep understanding about materials engineering and processing technologies in the field of metals, ceramics and their composites.
  • You have MSc. degree, preferably PhD, in the field of materials engineering or physics with the focus on metallic and ceramic materials. We expect you to have at least five years of working experience in the materials engineering field and proven experience on solving materials and manufacturing related challenges also in demanding industrial R&D cases.
  • You have knowledge and background in at least some of the following topics:
    • Metals and ceramic processing technologies, like casting, sintering, additive manufacturing.
    • Analysis and characterization methods and tools, like SEM, EDS, XRD, DSC.
    • Metallurgical thermodynamics and especially CALPHAD tools, like ThermoCalc.
    • Experience in FEM/multi-physics tools (Comsol, Abaqus) and programming / data analysis (Python, Matlab) are considered as advantage.
  • As a Senior Scientist, you have established networks both in academia and industry and like to widen them both nationally and globally.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and at least basic Finnish skills are mandatory.

As a person, we hope that you are:
  • You have ambitions for the development of sustainable materials and processing technologies and especially for the possibilities to integrate experimental and computational materials research.
  • You are curious to find new solutions to the problems as well as new ways of working.
  • You are capable of working in a flexible and independent manner, and collaborating with colleagues across different application areas.
  • Most importantly, you are well motivated for the learning of new methods and willing to take new challenges and responsibilities in the rapidly evolving field of materials engineering.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:
  • 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. Our Materials Performance facility covers whole chain from material discovery to life-time management of material and components.
  • 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 16 January 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 Tomi Lindroos, , +358 503 020 227.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Tampere

Apply between 27 December 2021 and 16 January 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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