Master's Thesis Worker, Ensuring safe drone operations

Are you passionate about understanding risks and enhancing safety in a novel area, such as autonomous intelligent multi-purpose drones? Would you like to work in a meaningful role with real responsibility and excellent learning opportunities? Do you want to work with superb colleagues who are experts in their field to drive a safe and sustainable future and tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you.

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. In recent years, we have created ground-breaking innovations such as the world's fastest and most accurate radiation detector, a cancer-sniffing sensor device for smartphones, and a headphone set entirely made of microbial materials. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World

We are now looking for a Master’s thesis worker to work as part of our Safety in complex sociotechnical systems-team.

Our team integrates expertise in risk assessment, system safety and organizational factors & safety culture to enhance safety and sustainability in novel technological and challenging industrial contexts, especially the nuclear industry, chemical industry, transport, maritime, healthcare, machine manufacturing, etc. We support regulators and companies by conducting safety and reliability analyses, risk assessments and safety culture assessments and development. Through identification of risks and opportunities associated with the interaction of the system’s components – human, organization and technology, and the wider institutional context - we generate development ideas for the benefit of our customers. Our science-based approach helps customers to ensure the safety and reliability of novel products and sustainable operations in complex sociotechnical systems.

As a Master's thesis worker, you will be working in DroLo project – “Autonomous intelligent multi-purpose drone enabled business in evolving U-Space environment”. The DroLo project focuses on developing business opportunities for partially or fully automated, intelligent and 5G-connected multifunctional drone concepts that can be utilized in the service businesses of control, logistics and drone operator industries, as well as in the manufacturing and sales businesses of software technology, platform technology and network technology products. As a young talent, your participation in DroLo project is a unique opportunity due to the novelty of drone applications and future potential for research and innovation.

The duration of the Master's thesis work period is 6 months and the work is paid. The position is filled as soon as we find the right candidate.

Your responsibilities as Master's Thesis Worker

The work is focused on safety issues in drone operation and it is limited to ‘specific category’ drone applications, which are riskier operations with civil drones in an urban environment. The work includes literature studies, expert interviews in companies, study on ‘Specific Operations Risk Assessment’ (SORA) risk assessment methodology and its implementation in a company case.

More specifically, the Master’s thesis work includes a study and implementations of SORA methodology, gaining practical experience by participation in a company use-case in the project implementing SORA method to a real case system, literature review on current European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations and other international rules that apply to specific category ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) drone operations.

Who we are looking for

Ideally, you would have:

  • master’s level academic studies in industrial engineering and management or a similar field
  • knowledge and interest in safety engineering, risk assessment, and risk management in industry
  • good collaboration skills and also willingness to carry out research independently with the guidance of your supervisors
  • eagerness to learn new things and develop your competences in the field of safety science and risk assessment in various application areas
  • ability to critically analyze and interpret the results of your work
  • excellent written and spoken English and Finnish language skills

Experience in drone operations or civil aviation is considered an advantage, but not required.

What we offer you:

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 40 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 26 September 2021. We will process applications as they come inand fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Interested and want to hear more?

For more information about the position, you can contact Risto Tiusanen, email:, +358 40 5066999 on September 14 at 13:00 - 14:00 or September 15 at 09:00 - 10:00.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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