Research Scientist (Separation Technology), Helsinki, fixed-term


We at Valio believe that a future-proof food system combines different forms of food production, some of which already exist, and some are only at a research stage. To feed everyone in the world in the future, we need sustainably produced plant-, milk- and animal-based food, and new innovations from e.g. cellular agriculture. All these forms of food production need and support each other. 

The efficient food system is not just about food products. The side streams, like manure, may be used to produce energy and fertilizers. and, for example, lignocellulose from agriculture maybe used in fibre materials for clothing. At the same time, we reduce climate emissions, maintain biodiversity and recycle nutrients. At best, the integration of different value chains improves the profitability of the whole food production system. 

In a sustainable food system, animal and plant production and cellular agriculture complement each other and should be developed as part of the whole – not alone or in opposition to each other.

Further information on Food 2.0 ”Veturi” project: Valio käynnistää Business Finlandin veturirahoituksella Food 2.0 -hankkeen, jossa kehitetään tulevaisuuden ruokajärjestelmää ja edistetään ruokaviennin kilpailukykyä – Valio 

As part of Food 2.0. “Veturi” project we are looking for Research Scientist (Separation Technology) for a fixed-term position in Valio’s R&D team, based in Helsinki, FinlandYou are a person with strong analytical problem-solving skills and passion for research – focus area is separation technology. This position is great opportunity for personal development and teamwork. You co-operate with highly motivated professionals within R&D and business and are able to bring your scientific insights to use in a world-class food company.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • To plan and execute strategic research projects in R&D
  • Responsible of personnel training and steering in this specific field 
  • Sustain co-operation with partners and develop co-operation network
  • Co-operate with different internal stakeholders in this area

Success in the position requires:

  • Analytical approach
  • Proactive and result-oriented working approach
  • Good co-operation and influencing skills
  • Strong motivation in technology development, research and utilization of business based innovations
  • Strive for continuous improvement
  • Fluent English
  • A master’s degree in technology or other relevant field

We work in a hybrid model that takes into account the employee’s and team’s wishes for office and remote work. The office location is in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki.

We all share the same passion working at Valio: together we make life better. We invest in people-centered leadership, and the development of team collaboration. We want every Valio employee to have a clear understanding of their own job and goals, and the opportunity to influence their own work and expertise. We pay attention to, among other things, employee well-being and engagement at work and workplace safety with various metrics. You will also have access to the benefits of a large, renowned Finnish food company. 

For more information, please call Antti Heino, Technology Manager (phone number: +358503842641, Tue 28.5 at 9-11 or Fri 31.5 at 12-14).

Please send your application by 2 June 2024 via application link.