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Research Team Leader, Industrial synthesis and catalysis
VTT

Original publication date 11.11.2019

Form of employment: Full time, Regular
Locations: Espoo, Finland
Job area: Sustainable energy and chemical technologies
Application period: Friday, November 08, 2019 - Sunday, December 01, 2019

Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment business area 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.

We are now looking for Research team leader (RTL), Industrial Synthesis and Catalysis, to ensure research excellence, which is our most important differentiator, in the team. Excellence is built by a common, ambitious research and customer agenda in the research team and by leading everyone in the team through substance.

Industrial synthesis and catalysis team will shape the future with chemistry by developing catalyst aided chemical conversion processes to boost and ensure transition from fossil-based economy to bio and circular economies. We create value by turning complex feeds, biomasses and wastes, to sustainable added-value products with chemistry tools (synthesis and catalysis) through industrially viable and scalable process solutions. We develop added-value chemical products such as fuel components, aromatics, and fine chemicals or their building blocks incl. novel monomers and polymers thereof with the aid of chemical synthesis and catalysis. We also support scale-up platforms at VTT Bioruukki.

This enabling technology portfolio gives you the possibility to think big, influence strongly different sectors of industry and leave your mark for the bright future. At VTT you can every day exceed yourself.

With us you will be responsible for

As a Research Team Leader you are responsible for the research agenda of your team. As one of the key researchers in the team, you lead research and participate in research and customer work yourself. With your high ambition level and goal-oriented mindset, you ensure the high quality as well as high impact of the research work for customers and the society. As member of the research area leadership team, you find ways to combine competences and build 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. Recruitment and competence development and renewal are your key priority. Preferably, you are experienced in leading change and winning through people.
This is a key role in the organization in which you will have the opportunity to build and drive forward the impactful research and to solve customer challenges. You will be the spokesperson for the research topic and take an active role in promoting its visibility.

Main responsibilities in substance leadership:

  • Responsibility for developing an ambitious and visionary agenda for research excellence and impact
  • Leading and participating in the customer work
  • Leading team’s project portfolio preparation and execution
  • Ensuring high-quality research (research ethics, publications and doctoral thesis, IPR)
  • People leadership with coaching style - wellbeing, attracting, retaining, recruiting and developing talents ensuring continuous competence development
  • Ensuring high quality preparations of new projects in the team
  • Fostering relationships with relevant key stakeholders
  • Participation for research area leadership team work, especially from research excellence and impact point of view

We expect you to have

You have excellent substance knowledge and understanding of the team’s research content. You have a strong track record in driving excellence in the research work. As a leader, you want to create positive drive and get people excited by coaching and setting ambitious targets together with the team. You have good communication skills with the ability to build collaboration and networks with different stakeholders.

You have excellent knowledge of chemical and related industries. Preferably, you have obtained your doctoral degree in chemical engineering and have wide professional network within your field.

As a person you are

  • Science and technology leader with visionary view of your substance area
  • Customer centered with passion for solving customer challenges
  • Strongly ambitious to achieve high goals
  • Motivating people leader with the ability to recruit, retain and develop people.

We offer

VTT is a place to make a difference in collaboration with other brilliant minds. Our mission is to create impact that generates sustainable growth and wellbeing in society as well as in industry.

Our people are the core of the next generation VTT. Therefore, our personnel’s wellbeing, flexible work opportunities and competence development are key priorities for us.

With us, you can make an impact for a better future and you can be part of solving the biggest challenges of our time.

For further information

For more information about the position please contact

Tuulamari Helaja, Vice President, Sustainable energy and chemical technologies, Tuulamari.Helaja@vtt.fi, +358405080318

Best available for questions: 12.11. 10-30-11.30 and 15.11 8-10.00.

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV as soon as possible, latest by Sunday December 1st 2019.