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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*.

* 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 on Systems, Privacy, and Security Aspects in a Human-Centric Data Economy. – Supervisor: Dr. Nikolaos LAOUTARIS

Most of the web that we know operates under a “free-service in exchange for collecting your personal data” business model. The aim of this PhD position is to tackle systems, privacy, and security aspects of an alternative “human-centric” economy in which end users may negotiate, retract, and receive (micro) payments for granting access to their personal data.

The main aim of the Phd will be to design an accounting meta-data layer that will keep the necessary data for computing fair micropayments returned to end-users, in exchange for their data. Such accounting data will have to be precise enough for fair micropayment computation to be possible, but at the same time protect the privacy of users and allow them to remotely attest the accurate execution of micropayment schemes advertised by online services. In addition, the issue of data provenance and its connection with data economics will be studied.

Requirements (as many of the following as possible):

  • Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Strong background on systems, privacy, and security.
  • Strong programming and data analysis skills using recent technologies and frameworks.

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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 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.

How To Apply

TO APPLY PLEASE FILL IN THIS ONLINE FORM (https://careers.networks.imdea.org/), choosing the position: 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/

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 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.

Requirements:

  • 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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position in Integration of VLC and mm-wave funded by H2020 Marie Curie Training Network [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 invites applications for a PhD Student position that will be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ENLIGHT’EM (www.enlightem.eu) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. This project will explore the trade-offs and the complementary properties of Visible Light Communication and mm-wave radios to design robust end-to-end communication to users. Both VLC and mm-wave are attractive for integration in light bulbs. VLC is taking off for communication, modulating the LED in the bulb. And the antenna spacing at mm-wave frequencies is very small, and we envision that mm-wave chipsets could be also integrated in future light bulbs.

Requirements:

  • Excellent degree in electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering or equivalent disciplines
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Solid background in one or more among the following areas: Solid background in wireless networking, signal processing and embedded systems
  • Hands-on experience with experimental work

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. If successful, the fellowship will provide a competitive salary of about € 44'303 (before taxes) per year, plus an additional allowance in case of family obligations, and an allocation for research and training costs. All candidates must also apply through the on-line recruitment portal on the European project, www.enlightem.eu, selecting as preferred PhD position "ESR 10: Integration of VLC and mm-wave technologies". All candidates will be interviewed by the Recruitment Committee.

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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position in Distributed Spectrum Monitoring Systems with Big Data and Electrosense [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 Distributed Spectrum Monitoring Systems. The student will work on the Electrosense network (https://www.electrosense.org ), the leading initiative in the world for sensing the entire spectrum in populated regions of the world with programmable low-cost spectrum sensors.

Electrosense makes the data available in real-time through a big-data architecture for different kinds of stakeholders which require a deeper knowledge of the actual spectrum usage. The goal of the research project is to achieve an accurate and fast detection, classification and location of intruders in the spectrum in the time, frequency and space domains using the distributed Electrosense network, becoming part of a team at IMDEA that collaborates extensively with partners in Switzerland and Belgium

Requirements:

  • Excellent degree in computer science, electrical engineering, telecommunication engineering or equivalent disciplines
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Solid background in one or more among the following areas: signal processing, machine learning, wireless networks, embedded systems
  • 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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 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

Requirements

  • 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 Student positions [2020].

Deadline

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

15 PhD positions in the H2020 MSCA Project MINTS (3 at IMDEA Networks)

Applicants are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”, ESRs) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

MINTS provides a unique system-oriented training to 15 ESRs, nurturing a new generation of innovators thanks to internationally recognized researchers with broad experience in research, training, and participation in EU, national, and industry-sponsored projects. With the intensive involvement of industrial beneficiaries and partner organisations (Nokia, NEC, Sony, NI, IMEC, Proximus, Italtel), the ESRs will obtain in-depth knowledge and skills in mmWave networks and its key applications. This interdisciplinary and intersectoral training is an essential component of each ESR’s PhD. The 15 ESRs are distributed over 7 beneficiaries in 6 countries: KU Leuven (Belgium), IMDEA Networks Institute (Spain), TU Darmstadt (Germany), NEC (Germany), University of Padua (Italy), Lund University (Sweden), and Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland). Additionally, the consortium is completed by 7 partner organisations: IMEC (Belgium), Proximus (Belgium), NI (Germany), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), Italtel (Italy), Maynooth University (Ireland), and Sony (Sweden).

Each of the 15 ESRs will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. The 15 MINTS ESRs will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme. The interdisciplinary and inter-domain training will make MINTS ESRs highly employable in various industries (such as the EU telecommunication vendors and operators Nokia, Eriksson, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, and Vodafone), academia, or public government bodies.

How To Apply

All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal on the b5g-mints.eu website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV – Europass format obligatory – and motivation letter. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The deadline for the on-line registration is 31 October 2019.

Deadline

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00 (Madrid Time)