Form of employment: Full time, Regular
Locations: Espoo or Jyväskylä, Finland
Job area: Biomass processing and products
Application period: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - Sunday, August 18, 2019
VTT Business area Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment promotes bio-economy and sustainable use of natural resources as well as solutions to realize circular economy. We focus on creating impact to our customers and society at large based on our scientific and technological excellence. We carry out applied research on industrial biotechnology, food solutions, biomass processing and bio-based products, sustainable chemistry and low-carbon energy.
With us you will be responsible for
We are looking for a research professor in the field of sustainable use of renewable feedstock in bio and circular economy.
Research professors are key experts in VTT’s research network contributing to implementation of VTT strategy. Research professor’s role is to promote and lead innovative research in a defined research area taking care of competence gaps and supporting competence development for future need. In addition, the research professor supports challenge-driven way of working and ensures scientific excellence in his/her field. The research professor is expected to build strong research project portfolios, manage large research openings and projects, actively collaborate with academic and industrial partners and stimulate active use of research results by beneficiaries, and publish and disseminate scientific results. The research professor is also expected to create international networks and collaborations and influence research and innovation agendas. https://www.vttresearch.com/jobs/vtt-research-professor-and-tenure-track
Do you want to join us in creating scientific and technological excellence for the benefit and competitiveness of companies and the society?
Research Professor in Processing of Renewable Feedstock is a new professorship. We foresee that sustainable development will further strengthen and future growth opportunities will rely on use of both renewable and recycled materials. We envision that especially the demand for recyclable and biodegradable bio-based materials will grow rapidly. In tomorrow’s circular economy, renewable materials need to be designed to circulate and this calls for an approach where the material end-use properties, including recyclability, are largely determined already in the feedstock processing and material product design phases. Biodegradability may be another important design criterion for certain applications. It is evident that feedstock portfolio will enlarge and more recycled and non-homogeneous feedstock and harmful substances will circulate in the system in the future.
VTT has a strong focus on mechanical, chemical and enzymatic processing of biomass for production of fuels, chemicals and materials. Building on this solid foundation, we wish the research professor to introduce new elements that contribute to realization of future circular bio-economy and go beyond virgin biomass feedstock and conventional processing approaches. Capability to envision use of digital tools (e.g. novel data processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence etc.) to speed up the development of tomorrow’s biomaterials is of great benefit.
We expect you to have
The applicant should have solid expertise in mechanical, chemical or enzymatic processing technologies and different kind of feedstock (biomasses, side-streams or recycled materials etc). The successful candidate should have know-how on biomass chemistry and analytics as well as understanding on different biorefinery and circular economy concepts.
We also value a candidate having experience on utilizing digital tools in the field of the professorship. Proven record in understanding industrial needs is a benefit. An ability to exploit in full the unique combination of VTT research facilities from laboratory to pilot scale is required.
For all research professors we expect you to have
As a person you are
A great opportunity to develop scientific and technological excellence together with VTT´s top experts in a leading multi-disciplinary RTO and to co-create with industrial customers. You will be a part of a creative and international working environment. The tasks are versatile, independent and challenging, with support and coaching where needed. VTT is a modern, well-equipped working environment with competent, internationally oriented and highly trained personnel assisted by skilled business support professionals.
The position of the Research Professor is permanent of 5 year fixed-term with the possibility to continue according to VTT's tenure track system. The salary and benefits will be determined according to the salary level of corresponding positions at VTT. Applicants may also present a salary request.
The applicants are requested to enclose the following documents with the application:
VTT uses external international experts to help evaluate its applicants. All application documents should be in English.
For further information
Tiina Nakari-Setälä, Vice President, Research (email@example.com)
Jani Lehto, Vice President, Biomass processing and products (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to know more of the qualifications required.
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