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What difference will you make to the Science of Networks?

IMDEA Networks Institute is establishing itself internationally at the forefront in the development of future network technologies and has already incorporated highly-reputed scientists. Future Internet Protocols are being shaped by IMDEA Networks Institute’s international team of researchers.

Our research team ranges from eminent, prize-winning thought leaders to talented post-graduate Ph.D. students.

What difference will you make to the Science of NetworksWe welcome brilliant people from all parts of the World, with diverse backgrounds, experience, skills, research interests and ambitions. They all share the desire and ability to make a positive difference in research targeted to develop Future Wireless Internet Protocols.

Whether you’re an experienced researcher who is looking for a leadership role or a researcher at the start of your career and wanting to develop your innovative ideas, IMDEA Networks Institute has a place for you.

Here, in Madrid, you’ll enjoy:

  • A challenging vision with clear, well focused, research ideas
  • Working with a team of world-class researchers
  • A work environment that is demanding, participative, stimulating and fun
  • Full administrative support, freeing you to focus on your research activities
  • The unrivalled quality of life in the Madrid region
  • Internationally-competitive salaries
  • A share of IPR revenues arising from your work here
  • Full support to transfer your results to industry, or to start-up your own company

Take a look at the unique opportunities we offer:

  • Research Professor (US academic equivalent – Full Professor (with chair)): Research Professors are our most published and cited researchers. They are recognized as respected leaders in their field of research. They have already made a difference. Their expertise and research interests have a significant impact on the Institute's scientific output and on the careers of their charges.
  • Research Associate Professor (US academic equivalent – Associate Professor): Research Associate Professors are typically researchers with several years' experience who are ready for a change, assuming a position of responsibility in leading the day-to-day activities of our research teams.
  • Research Assistant Professor (US academic equivalents – Assistant Professor – tenure track): Research Assistant Professors at IMDEA Networks Institute are bright researchers at the beginning of their research career, who want to establish a strong research group based on their research vision. They lead their own team of PhD Students and post-doctoral researchers and collaborate with top Research Associate Professors. Research Assistant Professors are not required to teach, so they can focus full-time on research if they so wish.
  • Post-Doc Researcher: Post-doctoral Researchers at IMDEA Networks Institute are early-stage, post-doctorate researchers who are looking to establish their research career, working with top research associate professors and a team of young, pre-doctorate researchers.
  • Visiting Professor (US academic equivalent – Visiting Professor/Researcher): Visiting Professors share our research interests and spend their sabbatical with us for either one or two terms. They usually have several years’ post-doctoral research experience and are interested in extending their horizons with a temporary assignment in a new environment.
  • PhD Student: Our PhD Student positions offer young, aspiring researchers a salaried position in our research team. Candidates offered a position as IMDEA Networks PhD Students will have been pre-vetted and conditionally accepted for a place on the Ph.D. program at UC3M or some other top university in Madrid, subject to your satisfactory completion of the corresponding Ph.D. application form.
  • Research Engineer & Support: Research engineers and support staff are dedicated to supporting the continued growth in our research capacity and maximizing the impact of our research output. They provide specific technical and professional expertise and assistance to ongoing research endeavors in a variety of ways, either at the level of the entire Institute, or working closely with researchers and their groups.

Foreign researchers in Madrid, Spain

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Conditions and benefits

Researchers' Professional Status | Salaries | Performance-related Bonus Scheme | Relocation Assistance | Vacations | Co-authorship | Health Care | Working Conditions | Stability and Permanence of Contract | Research Environment | Researcher Mobility | Participation at International Conferences | Performance Appraisal | Training Opportunities | Equal Opportunities

Researchers’ Professional Status

Research plays an important role in advancing knowledge and understanding through a process of discovery. Researchers have an honorable vocation and position in society as professionals who are engaged in the conception and creation of new knowledge, products, processes, methods and systems, and in the management of the projects concerned. We aim to treat all our researchers with the respect and dignity that their professional status deserves in all our activities. We want to ensure that a research career at IMDEA Networks is an attractive one for exceptionally talented people from all corners of the World.


We strive to pay attractive, internationally-competitive salaries for all research positions. Salaries are commensurate with researchers’ legal status, performance, level of qualifications and responsibilities.

IMDEA Networks pays social security contributions entitling all researchers to receive excellent Spanish social security provisions (including sickness and parental benefits, pension rights and unemployment benefits).

Performance-related Bonus Scheme

An important component of an IMDEA researcher’s rewards package is the performance-related bonus. All IMDEA Networks’ researchers participate in regular appraisals of their performance. In these reviews a researcher’s past performance is assessed against his/her previously-agreed objectives. A performance-related bonus may then be awarded if the performance threshold is achieved. It’s intended that bonuses paid as a result of satisfactory performance represent a substantial percentage of each researcher’s aggregate financial benefits.

Relocation Assistance

We recognize the challenge of moving yourself - and possibly a family - to live in a different country. (Many of our team have already done that, at least once, in their career.) We understand, as well, that many researchers will initially have no Spanish language skills and will require a high-degree of support, especially before and after their arrival here in Spain.

To help you make the transition to living in the Madrid region of Spain we provide support with specific challenges such as:

  • Immigration, work permit, and visa procedures
  • Housing
  • Schools
  • Job search for partners
  • Registering for healthcare
  • Bank account

This list is not intended to be exhaustive. You may have concerns regarding other issues not mentioned here. We would be glad to try to help you with these in case you are made an offer of a position with us.


All IMDEA Networks researchers are entitled to receive 22 days holiday leave every year in addition to the national, regional and local public holidays ("fiestas") that apply in our location.


We view co-authorship positively when assessing the performance of all researchers as it is evidence of a constructive approach to the conduct of research. We aim to ensure that co-authors of publications, patents etc are recognized and listed as such.

Health Care

The payment of social security contributions by IMDEA Networks entitles all contracted researchers, wherever they come from in the World, to enjoy the excellent healthcare system in Spain.

Working Conditions

Researchers at IMDEA Networks are given the necessary flexibility in their working conditions to allow successful research performance. Working conditions are framed in a collective agreement ("convenio colectivo") at local area level. Of course, we also ensure compliance with all applicable employment legislation.

In practice this means allowing for both men and women researchers to combine family and work, children and career. We particularly aim to provide suitable working arrangements such as flexible working hours, part-time working, teleworking and sabbatical leave.

In summary, each employee is treated as an individual whose specific needs should be addressed and, where possible, accommodated within our framework of conditions for researchers.

Stability and Permanence of Contract

We aim, as far as possible, to improve the stability of employment conditions for researchers, implementing and abiding by the principles and terms laid down in the EU Directive on Fixed-term Work (Council Directive 99/70/EC).

Research Environment

We offer a research environment that provides for a stimulating place in which to work. Our researchers benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities appropriate for the activities in which they are engaged and consistent with our goal to build and maintain truly world-class physical resources for research. In our physical environment we ensure that appropriate health and safety regulations are observed.

Researcher Mobility

Researchers are enriched by and require the scientific and intellectual stimulation provided by regular exchanges of ideas with colleagues from other institutions in different locations.

We recognize the value of researcher mobility, that is to say geographical, inter-sectorial, inter- and trans-disciplinary, between private and public sectors and also virtual mobility. Positioned as we are, somewhere between the private and public sectors, we aim to provide an environment where researchers from both can collaborate together.

We give mobility options to researchers at all stages of their career within the context of a structured career development plan. Wherever possible we provide the administrative instruments to facilitate such mobility such as portability of grants and social security provisions.

Participation at International Conferences

All IMDEA Networks researchers are encouraged and supported to attend and participate in relevant international conferences, project meetings and seminars as a part of their professional development program.

Performance Appraisal

All IMDEA Networks’ researchers participate in regular appraisals of their performance. These performance appraisals give researchers and supervisors the opportunity to assess the researchers’ performance objectively against previously-agreed objectives, to identify training needs and to set objectives for the next period. At the same time an evaluation of potential for upgrading, promotion and other career development opportunities is made.

Training Opportunities

We believe that learning should be a continuous process and that every member of our team can benefit from training. All IMDEA Networks’ researchers receive continuous support in enhancing their knowledge and skills. Within the framework of the performance appraisal process each individual’s specific training needs are identified and from this a systematic and structured training plan is agreed and implemented.

Equal Opportunities

IMDEA Networks strives to be an equal opportunities employer. We aspire to ensure equal opportunity to all staff, associates, interns and volunteers without discrimination or harassment on grounds such as, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, belief, political opinion, sexual orientation, social or economic condition, social origin, class, gender, marital status, political affiliation or belief, disability, physical appearance, or age.

Recruitment and selection

EuraxessEuropean Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

IMDEA Networks Institute is a signatory to the European Charter for Researchers and to the Code of Conduct. Our letter of commitment can be viewed in the list of the European Charter and Code undersigning organizations. As signatories, we are committed to following the principles described in the Charter and Code in order to create a framework for researchers. We wish to improve the conditions for the incorporation of researchers and to contribute to enhance the attractiveness of the research career in the European Research Area.

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