Research Professor in Industrial Biotechnology

Ref: 4364

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


Role Managed by:

Nataliya Mykhalchenko

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6237


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 03/11/2019

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe. VTT's research and innovation services give their partners, both private and public, all over the world, a competitive edge. They pave the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. They create technology for business – for the benefit of society.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

VTT has a strong focus on applied multidisciplinary research for industrial biotechnology, food solutions, biomass processing and bio-based products, sustainable chemistry and low-carbon energy. One key area is development of biotechnological processes for sustainable production of fuels, chemicals and materials from renewable biomass feedstocks.

VTT has cutting-edge platforms for strain engineering and screening in high throughput manner and the development and scale up of bioprocesses from laboratory scale to pilot-scale bioreactors. VTT is part of the Finnish National Bioeconomy infrastructure and a partner in the EU level infrastructure ESFRI Roadmap “EU-IBISBA: Industrial Biotechnology Innovation and Synthetic Biology Acceleration” ( for the further development of the high throughput strain cultivation infrastructure and related analytics.

Do you want to join VTT in creating scientific and technological excellence and make an impact for a brighter future?

VTT is now seeking to appoint a Research Professor in Industrial Biotechnology.

Research professors are key experts in VTT’s research network contributing to implementation of VTT strategy. The individual will be expected to promote and lead innovative research in Industrial Biotechnology, taking care of competence gaps and supporting competence development for future need. In addition, they will support a challenge-driven way of working and ensure scientific excellence in their field.

The successful candidate will be an internationally renowned researcher in their field with the leadership experience to direct an internationally competitive research group focusing on metabolic engineering and understanding of biological chemistry as a basis for using microbes as cell factories. They will also have expertise on modelling of metabolism and cell function, in bioprocess physiology and optimisation, and synthetic biology and automation as tools in strain construction, analysis and product design. In addition, a proven track record working closely with industry and understanding industrial needs are of great benefit.

VTT welcomes you to join us in solving the biggest challenges of our time through applied research, science and technology. With VTT, you will have a great opportunity to develop scientific and technological excellence together with VTT´s top experts. 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.

Finland offers an exceptionally high standard of living and it has been ranked as the happiest country in the world in the World Happiness Report.

Recruitment partner Perrett Laver assists VTT in the recruitment process.

Applications should consist of:

  • A complete curriculum vitae, maximum of 10 pages including full name, date and place of birth, nationality, current residence, education and degrees awarded, linguistic skills, current and previous positions, major research funding obtained, relevant industrial collaboration, research leadership, list of supervised PhDs and post-doctoral researchers, other academic merits, number of peer-reviewed articles, H-index, total citations and average citation per item.
  • A complete list of publications (with citations and impact factors) and for the evaluation PDF copies of ten selected publications most relevant for the professorship.
  • Summary of research activities carried out so far (maximum two pages).
  • A research plan and ambitions as a research professor (maximum five pages).

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post on +44 (0)20 7340 6237 or Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference number 4364. The closing date for applications is 9am CET on Sunday 3rd November 2019.

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