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Research Professor

Research area | Responsibilities | Requirements | Application information

Our Research Professors* are typically international leaders in their field and a tenured position who are ready for a change, assuming a position of responsibility by building, funding and leading their own research team of postdocs, PhD students, engineers and support. They usually bring some of their current team members with them. Research Professors are not required to teach and can focus full-time on research if they so wish.

* USA academic equivalent: Full Professor.


Research area

All areas of networking, specifically network protocols and systems, wireless networking, network measurements and analytics, and related network science areas.

As Research Professor your responsibilities are

  • Conducting cutting-edge scientific research in computer networking and network science
  • Building and funding a strong team of at least ten researchers, including PhD Students, postdocs, and other staff, directing their work, and supervising the PhD Students in their PhD program
  • Publishing regularly in leading conferences and journals
  • Identifying and taking the lead in preparing proposals for funded research projects, contracts and grants
  • Establishing and maintaining links and collaborations with partner institutions and with industry
  • Creating value by developing transferable IPR (patents, software, …) and collaborating in standards bodies
  • Managing your own research budget, which includes a basic research budget provided by the Institute, plus the funds that the Research Professor attracts for his/her research and for the Institute
  • Attending conferences, establishing research collaborations, giving talks and seminars, hosting visitors, etc.

Scientists applying for this position have the following attributes

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, with at least 10 years of research experience in the area of networking
  • A number of high impact publications and typically an h-index of at least 30
  • Successful track record in developing transferable technologies through international patents and licensing agreements
  • We particularly value systems oriented research
  • High level of proficiency in both written and spoken English (please note: Spanish is not required)

IMDEA Networks Institute offers

  • The opportunity to work with colleagues of world-class standing
  • First-class research laboratories and facilities
  • A personal research budget, which covers basic research costs and allows you to hire PhD students from the first day
  • The possibility to personally manage the funds attracted by submitting project proposals and research agreements with external entities
  • Internationally-competitive salaries and relocation packages
  • 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
  • The unrivalled quality of life to be enjoyed in the Madrid region

Equal Employment Opportunity

IMDEA Networks Institute aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Until a balanced ratio of men and women has been achieved at the institute, preference will be given to women if applicants have similar qualifications. IMDEA Networks Institute actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated against in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination). People with disabilities who have the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply.