Professor of Practice in Industrial Chemistry / VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Espoo

Do you want to join us in our inspiring work environment with brilliant colleagues to create together scientific and technological solutions for the benefit and competitiveness of our customers and the society?
 
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.

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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.

We are looking for Professor of Practice in Industrial Chemistry.

Professor of Practice is a new type of a position at VTT targeted to enforce the commercial relevance and applicability of VTT’s research. Professor of Practice is expected to bring in external business in-sight, give guidance for future development lines in a dedicated research field and build strategic partnerships, in particular for commercial co-creation. In his/her capacity Professor of Practice expands VTT’s national and international business-related networks and actively collaborates with industrial and academic partners and other important stakeholders to create new research portfolios that stimulate active use of research results by beneficiaries. In addition, Professor of Practice promotes competence development for future needs. Professor of Practice is a key expert in VTT’s research network and business operations contributing to implementation of VTT strategy and supporting challenge-driven way of working.

With us you will be responsible for

Professor of Practice will take a leading role in building and developing VTT industrial chemistry for the future. We expect you to innovate novel and commercially viable chemical products and technology solutions and to inspire colleague VTTers to engage with the new developments. You are dedicated to identifying opportunities where chemistry can be used as a real value-adding technology enabler while you also are visionary and open for the benefits of multi-disciplinary approaches. You regard collaboration as an important asset and actively develop networks to connect relevant stakeholders. You are passionate about connecting with industries and creating opportunities for co-creation in exploiting chemistry.

We expect you to have

  • experience from relevant industry or other businesses, or focal societal experience
  • background in chemical product design (green chemistry, industrial synthesis chemistry, structure - property - performance - formulation)
  • background in bio - circular economy in the context of new raw materials, chemistry, and material applications
  • Wide international industrial, academic and societal networks, and proven capability of stakeholder influencing
  • Knowledge on national and international innovation systems and funding instruments
  • People and substance matter leadership
  • Excellent communication, presentation and networking skills
  • PhD in relevant field
  • Fluent command of English.

You will report to the VP in the research area of Sustainable Energy and Chemical Technologies of VTT.

As a person you are

  • Visionary, eager to innovate and go beyond obvious
  • Proactive and open-minded networker and playmaker
  • Business-minded striving to create impact
  • Inspirational creating positive drive and getting people excited
  • Motivated to share, collaborate and coach young scientists in their career
  • Well-organized and energetic with intrinsic “can do” - attitude

Relying on your strengths, you are capable of moving between the academic world and business operations bringing the best of both together. You are inspired by customer co-operation and challenge-driven way of working.

We offer

The professorship is a 3-year fixed-term position with the possibility to continue in permanent work relationship.

Working in a globally networked top-level research organization opens a fascinating spectrum of inspiring opportunities. VTT offers you the possibility to develop your competences and build your career path in countless ways. At VTT we simply set our targets a bit higher – join our #VTTpeople -community!

For more information, please contact VP Tuulamari Helaja tel. +358 40 508 0318 / tuulamari.helaja@vtt.fi either on February 8th 8.00-10.00, February 11th 15.00-16.30 or February 13th 8.00-10.00. MPS Consultant Sari Salojärvi tel. +358 41 466 6064/ sari.salojarvi@mps.fi is available for further information on February 20th 13.30-15.00.

Please apply for the position with your CV and a motivation letter including salary request via the apply button no later than February 25th.

Applying starts: 2019-02-06 10:00Applying ends:2019-02-25 23:59
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Asiantuntija, Johto