Research Scientist (Water Treatment)

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is looking for a water treatment research scientist for the Circular Economic Solutions unit in Kuopio or in Outokumpu, and you can also work remotely flexibly in Finland.

Your task will be the development of water treatment technologies for the extractive industry, including for the recycling of process waters, and recovery solutions for valuable elements from water and wastewater to support the circular economy and sustainability of the mining sector. You will be responsible for planning, conducting and managing experimental laboratory work and pilot-scale campaigns for industrial waters of extractive industry. You will also be accountable for maintaining and use of the analytical equipment in the water treatment laboratory and water pilot, and in charge of implementing work safety and quality requirements and practices of the water treatment laboratory according to ISO 9001. You will use typical analytical methods, procedures, and protocols for water treatment, and will also take part in the preparation and implementation of national and international tenders and projects for our customers and jointly funded research proposals and projects. Your task will include writing progress reports and publishing research results in refereed journals and travelling for work in Finland and abroad.

You will be working in an international working community in the Circular Economy Solutions Unit as a part of the Mine Site Management and Side Streams Team. As a part of our team, you'll take part in improving the extractive sector's environmental management and developing solutions to enhance circular economy through commercial and research projects.

What we expect

  • You have MSc degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering or other closely related engineering disciplines with a special focus on water treatment technologies
  • You have a strong background in conventional and advanced physico-chemical water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment technologies and valuable elements recovery techniques
  • You have proven practical working experience in laboratory to develop water treatment and recovery processes by applying engineering tools and scientific approaches
  • You have working experience in fundamental analytical methods and protocols applied in water research
  • You have published refereed papers in the field
  • You have excellent English language skills, both verbal and written and interpersonal communication skills
  • You have a driving licence and the ability to drive a car also in field conditions
  • You are able to travel and work in Finland and outside Finland, even for longer periods

You have good analytical thinking and organisational skills. You are ready to take the initiative and work independently in the laboratory and pilot-scale work and you also have excellent teamwork skills.

We appreciate

  • PhD in environmental engineering, chemical engineering or other closely related engineering disciplines with a special focus on conventional and advanced physico-chemical water treatment technologies
  • Experience working with pilot-scale experiments for water treatment
  • Good understanding of work safety and quality in laboratory and piloting work
  • Knowledge and understanding of the water management in extractive industry
  • Experience in research project acquisition

What we offer

GTK is an international and diverse work community where everyone's input is valued. Our employees have the opportunity to influence their own work, and we offer the ability to work remotely in Finland. At GTK we are determined to renew our operations and expertise. We take care of our employees' wellbeing with our wide range of activities that support wellbeing at work. In addition, we offer central government holiday benefits and a modern and multi-location work, such as flexible working hours. We offer relocation services (e.g., help with permits and settling in) for employees moving to Finland from abroad. Find out more about us:

Information about pay

The total salary at the beginning of employment will be EUR 4084-4352 per month. The salary is determined by the competence of the person selected for the position.

Security clearance

We may conduct a personal background check on the person selected for the job with the person's consent (security clearance act 726/2014). For more information about the security clearance process and the rights of subjects of background checks, please visit

Other details

The position is permanent. The starting date is 1.3.2023 or by agreement.

For further information, please contact your future supervisor team manager Juha Ovaskainen by phone: +358 29 503 0075, available on 14.10. at 12-13 and 20.10. at 12-13 (EEST), and Chief Expert Päivi Kauppila by phone: +358 29 503 3715, available on 13.10. at 9.00-10.00 (EEST).

The diversity of our staff is enriching for us, so we encourage people from different backgrounds to apply for our positions.

Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV in English through the service latest on 31.10.2022 at 16:15 (EET), using service key 32-1195-2022.

The interviews are scheduled to take place during December or January.

Please note that the names of the applicants and the applications with attachments are public.

published: 03 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.