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IMDEA Networks Institute is a networking research institute whose multinational team is engaged in cutting-edge fundamental science. As a growing, English-speaking institute located in Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks offers a unique opportunity for pioneering scientists to develop their ideas. IMDEA Networks is establishing itself internationally at the forefront in the “development of future network technologies and has already incorporated highly-reputed scientists (see our research team here). Our researchers share the potential to shape the future of networking science over the coming years.

Further information regarding our areas of research can be found here.

We bring together a large number of scientists performing research in fields very closely related to computer networks, to an extent that is unique in Europe. At the Institute, and teamed up with University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), researchers understand each other, are driven by common interests and are therefore able to collaborate in depth on leading-edge technical challenges.

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 another top university in Madrid*.

This is the general PhD Student call that we do for the next academic year (2020-21). The topics indicated are only a few examples, and are not the exhaustive list of topics, not the positions in the call.

* Please be aware that IMDEA Networks does not issue degrees and that, in most cases, as a UC3M PhD candidate you will be required to complete at least one year of masters courses, even if you already hold a masters degree. (Other universities may apply different criteria.)

Requirements, benefits and career development

PhD Student - Your career choice

Graduates applying for this position should have the following attributes

  • B.Sc., M.Sc. or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, Telematics or a related field (concluded by the time you join)*
  • Excellent academic transcripts
  • Clearly defined Statement of Purpose for Ph.D. research thesis
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English (please note: Spanish is not required)
  • Highly motivated

Successful candidates will enjoy the following benefits

  • Freedom to focus on your research work, with full administrative support. No teaching duties
  • Collaboration with leading experts on international research projects
  • Supervision throughout your Ph.D. by one of our world-renowned and award-winning researchers (see Research team).
  • Use of state-of-the-art resources and facilities
  • Collaborative, multi-cultural and English-speaking environment
  • Participation at international conferences and project meetings
  • Assistance with all aspects of immigration and relocation (including support with your VISA application)
  • Support to take innovations to market
  • Salaried position for up to 5 years *
  • Access to comprehensive healthcare
  • Total combined value of financial package of more than 150,000 Euros over five years
  • More information about the University Carlos III of Madrid Ph.D program

* UC3M Admission levels

We finance PhD Student's Ph.D. studies for between 4 and 5 years:

  • You will be funded for up to 4 years if you are admitted directly to the 1st year of the UC3M PhD Program
  • up to 4 and a half years if you are also undertaking a full UC3M Masters Program,
  • and you may be able to obtain an additional extension of up to 6 months.

Career path

After obtaining their Ph.D., our graduates are expected to find jobs in research organizations (including academia) and industry, for instance, amongst the members of our Former Team. We help our PhD Students in their search for employment after graduation.

How to apply for PhD positions

We have PhD positions for specific topics or projects, as well as positions where the research topic is not pre-defined at the time of the call. If your background and interests match one or two of the positions below, please enter the name of the corresponding supervisor(s) as “Preferred Ph.D. supervisor” in the section “Research interests and statement of purpose” of the application form. If you do not have a preference as to the PhD topic, leave this field empty.

Find more information about these openings on the following links.

PhD Position in a High-Performance Secure Internet [NetEcon Group] – Supervisor: Dr. Sergey GORINSKY

The traditional architecture of the Internet leaves its corporate and individual users vulnerable to potent security threats that are increasingly exploited by various actors. As the economic, social, and political toll of these intrinsic architectural vulnerabilities mounts, there is a strong need for a new Internet architecture that provides security by design while sustaining and improving on the inter-domain performance of the current Internet, e.g., by supporting disjoint multi-path inter-domain routing.

Prof. Sergey Gorinsky’s Network Economics Group at IMDEA Networks Institute solicits applications for the position of a PhD Student who will work toward realizing the vision of the High-Performance Secure Internet. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof.

Adrian Perrig’s Network Security Group at ETH Zurich in the context of the SCION project. The research will involve data-driven analysis of the Internet ecosystem, its relevant players, and their incentives in order to understand and promote the deployment of the High-Performance Secure Internet. The work will leverage the student’s skills and interests in using pertinent methods, such as machine learning.

IMDEA Networks Institute is a networking research institute with a multinational team engaged in cutting-edge science. As a prominent English-speaking institute located in Madrid, IMDEA Networks offers both a unique opportunity for pioneering researchers to develop their ideas and an exceptionally high quality of living in the Spanish capital. Our PhD Students hold salaried positions for up to five years in the institute and formally earn their PhD degrees at top international universities.

An ideal applicant has the following profile:

  • Master's degree in computer science or a related field;
  • Excellent academic transcripts;
  • Strong command of verbal and written English;
  • Solid background in mathematics, algorithms, and hands-on programming;
  • Passionate interest in a lifelong research career.

This selection process places an explicit priority on improving gender balance in science and technology. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Prof. Sergey Gorinsky will supervise the position. To be considered specifically for this position, identify Sergey Gorinsky as the preferred supervisor. For more information about this opportunity, feel free to contact him at sergey.gorinsky@imdea.org

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: PhD: PhD Student positions [2020].


31 Dec 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position in mobile privacy, security, and transparency [The Internet Analytics Group] – Supervisor: Dr. Narseo VALLINA-RODRÍGUEZ

The Internet Analytics Group headed by Prof. Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez invites applicants for a fully funded PhD position.

At IAG, we do impactful and exciting research in the areas of privacy and security, regulatory compliance (e.g., GDPR, CCPA, COPPA), and network measurements. Our primary goal is to understand the Internet as a first step towards making it a better and safer place for everyone. We are passionate about doing research as we are driven by our own curiosity as Internet users.

Our studies have real-world impact. Our work has been featured in international media outlets (e.g., New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, WSJ, and many others) and has influenced several regulatory actions against abusive developers and tracking services, and patching several security and privacy vulnerabilities present in major mobile operating systems. As a member of the group, the candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with top researchers from all over the world in a multi-disciplinary and international environment.

Candidates can contact Prof. Vallina-Rodriguez by email for additional information.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BSc or MSc in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, software engineering, or a related field.

Skills Required:

  • Interest in making the Internet a safer and better place.
  • Good development skills (you might need to build innovative systems for getting empirical data!)
  • Experience in network measurements or software analysis are a plus.
  • Excellent analytical, technical, and problem solving skills.
  • Very good organization and communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Narseo VALLINA-RODRÍGUEZ

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: PhD: PhD Student positions [2020].

Note: Candidates should submit a CV, at least two reference letters, and a motivation letter. Please, honestly tell me about your research interests and motivations for a PhD! Remember that the motivation letter is an excellent way of showing that you are an independent thinker. All the material has to be submitted through IMDEA Networks’ hiring portal https://careers.networks.imdea.org/


31 Dec 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position in 5G localization [Pervasive Wireless Systems Group] – Supervisor: Dr. Domenico GIUSTINIANO

The Pervasive Wireless Systems Research Group led by Dr. Domenico Giustiniano invites applications for a PhD Student position in 5G localization. The goal of the research project is to leverage 5G technologies for accurate and low-latency positioning systems, participating in international projects with academic and industrial partners.


  • We expect an excellent degree in electrical engineering,
  • telecommunication engineering or equivalent disciplines
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory
  • Solid background in wireless communication and signal processing
  • Hands-on experience with experimental work

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Domenico Giustiniano

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: PhD: PhD Student positions [2020].


31 Dec 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position in Mobile Network Communications [NETCOM Lab] – Supervisor: Dr. Albert BANCHS

The NETCOM Lab invites applications for a PhD Student position in Mobile Network Communications. The student will work on advanced mobile network technologies, participating on EU projects and industry collaborations, involving the following topics and tasks:

  • Design and implementation of mobile network algorithms and protocols
  • Resource allocation models and algorithms
  • Network slicing, virtualization and orchestration technologies
  • 5G and Beyond 5G mobile network architectures
  • Performance analysis and experimental evaluation of wireless systems


  • Degree in electrical engineering, telecommunication engineering, computer science, telematics engineering, or equivalent disciplines
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory
  • Excellent academic transcripts
  • Solid background in networking and mobile communications
  • High motivation to conduce a PhD in the area of mobile networking

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Albert Banchs.

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: PhD: PhD Student positions [2020].


31 Dec 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD position on machine learning and algorithmic aspects in a Human-Centric Data Economy – Supervisor: Dr. Nikolaos LAOUTARIS

The modern digital economy relies on data as its main resource. With the resurgence of deep neural networks, at the beginning of the decade, a vast array of applications have fuelled economic growth as well as new business models. This project will focus on contemporary problems of machine learning such as model interpretation and feature importance, among others. The interested applicant will work as part of a team with a diverse range of skills, on setting the foundation of a new human-centric data economy, where users become active participants in the value flow, and are remunerated for their efforts.

Requirements (as many as possible)

  • Degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or related technical field.
  • Strong background on Machine Learning and Algorithms.
  • Strong grasp of Python and relevant libraries for statistics / data science.
  • Familiarity with either Tensorflow or Pytorch.
  • A background in statistics or at least an understanding of basic notions is strongly desired.
  • A desire to work on foundational topics and publish at top conferences.

Related Pointers

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: PhD: PhD Student positions [2020].


31 Dec 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)