Research scientist/senior scientist for water treatment

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is looking for a water treatment research scientist/senior scientist for the Circular Economic Solutions unit in Kuopio, 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 involved in a variety of laboratory-based and pilot-scale water treatment investigations. You will be responsible for planning, conducting and managing experimental laboratory work and pilot-scale campaigns for industrial waters of extractive industry, and your work will aim at generating new water treatment services for GTK. In addition, you will be responsible for the preparation, implementation and management of national and international tenders and projects for our customers and jointly funded research proposals and projects. You will also be involved in developing new innovations together with relevant partners. You will also be responsible for the usage of typical analytical methods, procedures and protocols for water treatment, and implementing work safety and the quality requirements and practices of the water treatment laboratory according to ISO 9001. 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 earned a PhD degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering or other closely related engineering disciplines with a special focus on conventional and advanced physico-chemical water treatment technologies
  • You have a strong background and several years of research experience in conventional and advanced physico-chemical water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment technologies and valuable elements recovery techniques
  • You have a demonstrated good publication record in the field
  • You have excellent knowledge on environmental chemistry and fundamental analytical chemistry methods used in water treatment research and recovery of valuable elements from water and wastewater
  • You have proven practical working experience in laboratory and pilot-scale work to develop water treatment and recovery processes by applying engineering tools and scientific approaches
  • You have working experience in fundamental analytical methods, procedures, and protocols applied in water research
  • You have proven experience in research project acquisition and demonstrated ability to attract external funding
  • You have excellent English language skills, both verbal and written and interpersonal communication skills
  • You have strong problem-solving-, analytical thinking- and organisational skills
  • You are ready to take the initiative and work independently in commercial and research projects and you also have excellent teamwork 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

We appreciate

  • Knowledge and understanding of the processes of the extractive industry
  • MSc degree in the same or closely related discipline as the PhD degree with a special focus on water treatment
  • Working experience in engineering design software, experimental design and relevant statistical software applied in the water treatment process design and research
  • Experience in project management
  • Good understanding of work safety and quality in laboratory and piloting work
  • Good international networks

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. 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 and remote work opportunities. 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 4003-4853 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 1.8.2022 or by agreement.

For further information, please contact chief expert Päivi Kauppila by phone: +358 29 503 3715, available on 30.3 at 15:00-16:00 and on 13.4 at 15:00-16:00 (EET) and Head of Unit Jouko Nieminen by phone: +358 29 503 2180, available on 31.3 at 9.00-10.00 (EET).

Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV in English through the service latest on 18.4.2022 at 16:15 (EET), using service key 32-512-2022.

The interviews are scheduled to take place during May.

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

published: 28 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.