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Senior Researcher

Are you our next creator of change?


This is for you who wants to have a real impact on creating a healthier planet for our children every day. At Neste, you will be working for the world's leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals. Let's create transformation for a sustainable future together.


We are looking for you,


Senior Researcher, Inorganic Analytics and Characterization Research


to join the Research Analytics department. 


Neste Technology & Projects function's Research & Development unit drives renewal in the industry. Research Analytics department is a part of this pioneering work and responsible for the analytics supporting R&D projects, Technology & Projects function's units and production. An essential part of the work is to develop and apply new analytical and characterization methods.


In your role, you will be responsible for the analytics and methods of the Catalyst and Materials Analytics laboratory (especially XRF and XRD) with a team of specialists. Together with you and your expertise, we can make an impact today and keep our promises for tomorrow.


The position is located in Neste Technology Center, Kilpilahti (Porvoo), which is about 30 minutes by car from the center of Helsinki. We organise free bus transportation to Kilpilahti for our employees from the capital region, Porvoo and the nearby areas. A part of the work could be done remotely.


Reasons to join


Real impact right now. We work in an inspiring and evolving business environment, where everything we do serves one purpose: to create a healthier planet for our children. To drive a growing impact as a global leader in renewable and circular solutions we live by our values every day; we care, we have courage, we cooperate.
Safety and caring. We value safety always and everywhere. We want our work to feel good and do good. At Neste, we nurture a culture where everyone is welcome and feels safe, respected and encouraged to be their unique true selves. 

Exciting growth. Transformation brings new possibilities and fosters our courage and curiosity. As a global growing company we support personal development with versatile learning and career opportunities. Collaboration is the key, and we believe in flexible, smart ways of working. 
In addition, our benefits for employees in Finland include, for example, a personnel fund as part of the overall remuneration, good occupational health care, and an extensive membership in a sickness or health insurance fund. We also support leisure time activities, e.g. by offering benefits for sports and culture.
More about the job


Your role in creating a sustainable future


You will work as an analytical and catalyst characterization expert and will work closely in cross-functional project teams with other subject matter experts from Technology & Projects function and Production, and also with external parties providing analytical services and development collaboration. You will participate in the development of our research laboratory by being involved in analyzer investments and methods development.


Keys to success in this role 

  • Doctorate degree or Master's degree with solid experience in analytical or inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering (or other similar relevant)
  • Strong experience in catalyst and solid materials characterization techniques and inorganic chemistry (e.g. XRF, XRD, and additionally SEM-EDS, ICP)
  • Solid knowledge and experience in catalyst research
  • Experience in the method development and validation
  • Fluent English
  • Possibility to travel 

Other strengths we value 

  • Broad knowledge in different elemental analysis methods
  • Data processing and data analysis skills
  • Knowledge on the international standards 
  • Experience in project work
  • Moderate Finnish language skills

Our work combines accountability, cooperation, and the desire to develop and renew. Working safely at all times is essential to all of us. Excellent coordination and collaboration skills, development oriented mindset and strong can-do attitude are also key successes in this role.


Let's get you started


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We look forward to receiving your CV and application (with a salary request) by May 26th, 2024. We are processing applications already during the application period.


If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with Team Leader Tia Kakko, tel. +358 50 458 3953, or Head of Research Analytics Noora Lylykangas, tel. +358 50 458 7696 both available on 20th of May between 1-2pm or 21st of May 12-1pm.


We will do our best to contact you within 2 weeks after the application time has ended. The recruitment process will include interviews and a possible aptitude assessment. The person selected for the position must pass a health examination including a drug test. A security clearance is obtained with their consent.
About Neste
Neste creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. With over 75 years of refining expertise, we are now the world's leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals. We have set aspirational targets for climate, biodiversity, human rights, as well as our supply chain and raw materials. Our ambition is to make the Porvoo oil refinery in Finland the most sustainable refinery in Europe by 2030. Together with our partners we are aiming at a carbon neutral and nature positive value chain by 2040. Our success is created by 5,400 professionals working in 16 countries. Read more: Get inspired by our story.

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