Trieste, IT Vaasa, FI

Function:  Research & Development
Job Category:  Research & Development

Performance Expert

Wärtsilä is a world leader in marine technology and leading the industry's transformation towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. With the world’s widest portfolio and service network, we – Wärtsilians - deliver efficient, safe and sustainable integrated products and solutions to enhance the business of our customers. The opportunities presented through digitalisation and new technologies are offering a new era of shipping. Did you know that shipping is the world’s most efficient mode of transportation and that approximately 90% of world trade is carried by sea?

We want to change the course towards an interconnected and cleaner maritime future and are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies through innovation in technology and services - together. Are you ready to jump onboard?

Wärtsilä R&D and Engineering is looking for a 


Performance Expert


to join our team working for a better future. The position is permanent and the location can be in Vaasa, Finland, or Trieste, Italy. You would be joining one of the three teams of experts, two of which are in Vaasa and one in Trieste. Currently, the engine performance team consists of 23 persons.


What you will be doing 


Engine performance development is an activity within R&D and Engineering, System Integration and Performance. The task of a performance expert is to develop outstanding performance (power output, fuel consumption, turbocharging, emissions, etc.) for our engines operating on traditional and sustainable fuels. The focus of the work is changing nowadays more towards simulations and virtual validation. Performance experts co-operate with engine design, engine testing and product engineering. 
The title of the employee depends on the experience level.
As Performance Expert, your work will focus on these responsibilities:


  • Development of engine performance concepts & performance technologies including the new aspects rising from the sustainable fuels (such as ammonia, hydrogen, and methanol)
  • Engine performance testing (e.g., combustion system optimization tests, turbocharger matching tests), including test planning, data analysis, and reporting
  • Engine performance control development & testing
  • Engine simulations with GT-Power software
  • Engine performance support for various internal teams such as testing & validation teams, engine component expert teams, engine design teams, production test run, and technical services.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have: 


  • Technical education, MSc or BSc
  • Theoretical skills in one or more of the following areas: engine performance, thermodynamics, turbocharging, exhaust gas emissions of engines, fluid dynamics, combustion chemistry, simulation modelling, engine performance controls
  • Independent personality and ability to perform accurate, analytical, time-bound, and systematic work
  • Good written and oral English
  • Good team working, communication, and reporting skills
  • Good skills in MS Excel
  • Experience with GT-Suite or other engine simulation software is seen as a merit
  • Previous experience with research or development activities, product engineering, diesel/gas engines, engine testing, engine performance controls or equivalent is preferred and considered merit


Why you and us? 


We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative. 

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in that by being your own true self you can accomplish so much more. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition? 

We have an amazing team and we are excited about our work and the impact it has on building sustainable societies. We are looking to find a colleague with this shared passion for smart technologies and a sustainable future. 


Contact & next steps 


We hope to hear from you soon, by submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process throughout. 


For further questions please reach out to:
Arto Järvi, General Manager, Engine Performance arto.jarvi@wartsila.com
Donatella Cascia, Manager Engine Performance donatella.cascia@wartsila.com
with any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to). 


Welcome to join us in shaping the decarbonisation of marine and energy!


Last application date: 26/02/2024 


At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities. 


This is Wärtsilä 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 200 locations in 68 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com