Master’s thesis worker for Autonomous Systems Connectivity

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We are now looking for a Master’s thesis worker to join our Autonomous Systems Connectivity team. Join us - and let’s make an impact together!

Our team, Autonomous Systems Connectivity, develops smart and reliable connectivity and computing solutions for autonomous and remote-controlled systems such as cars, ships, and drones. We also aim to increase the impact of our work by adapting the developed solutions for the needs of smart grids and critical communications.

We are a dynamic research team, located in Oulu and Espoo. We participate actively in national and international R&D projects and strive to support industry in Finland and at large to improve its efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness.

Your responsibilities as a Master’s thesis worker:

As a Master’s thesis worker, your key goals are to do research on 5G and beyond 5G (e.g., 6G) communications and related enablers such as edge computing or positioning for future autonomous systems such as self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

In this position, you will work on our ongoing projects and collect material for your thesis from them. Actual tasks and topics will be defined in collaboration with the project managers based on your competencies and areas of interest. In general, they will be related to the exploration of new techniques for improving network performance and quality and/or positioning accuracy for selected use cases involving autonomous systems. The work will be technical and implementation and experimentation oriented, including performance (e.g., Quality of Service) testing, and validation of the developed solutions in a laboratory setting or even in real-life operating environments. 

The work will be done under the supervision of a VTT senior researcher. You will produce a Master’s thesis written in English based on the work and results. Your thesis will help the projects and the team to communicate the research results to stakeholders.

The employment is full-time (partial part-time can be discussed if needed for completing studies), and temporary (9 months), but there might be a possibility for continuation, as we are also looking for a longer-term solution to our team’s resourcing.

Who we are looking for:

  • You are at the final stage of your studies, ready to do a Master’s thesis
  • You have prior knowledge about wireless network technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G, C-V2X, mesh technologies, Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks), if interested only in wireless communications
  • Alternatively, you have prior knowledge about both wireless technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, LTE, 5G, C-V2X, mesh technologies, LPWA) and positioning techniques (sensor-based, network-based, and GNSS), if interested in both wireless communications and indoor/outdoor positioning
  • You have basic programming skills, e.g., C/C++, Python 
  • You are fluent in both spoken and written English. 

We also appreciate prior knowledge of different related technologies, e.g., edge computing, MQTT, ML/AI, and an understanding of wireless system modelling and simulation. 

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • A curious mind, who is willing to learn, develop technical skills and take on new challenges that often require learning, trialling, failing, and coming in again from a different angle
  • Good at problem-solving, and resilient and determined to find solutions, as we are tackling issues that have not been solved before.
  • Self-guided and thinking individual, who tries to invent new approaches, but is equally a team player, ready to discuss with a colleague or mentor, when challenges arise, as all projects are team efforts and collaboration 
  • Eager to apply your skills to enabling future autonomous systems such as self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organization, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, young professionals' skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 50 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. At VTT, young talents get to take on meaningful projects in research or supporting researchers’ work. We treat young talents as equals and give them real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Please send your CV and application via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 31 May 2022. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.  

Interested and want to know more?

For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Tiia Ojanperä,, 020 722 2077 on 10.5.2022 at 12-13 or 17.5.2022 at 12-13.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Negotiable; Kaitoväylä 1, Oulu or Tietotie 3, Espoo

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed term


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