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

The NETCOM Lab led 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
  • 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 conduct a PhD in the area of mobile networking

How To Apply

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

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

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD position in Programmable Mobile Networks - Supervisor: Dr. Marco FIORE

The Networks Data Science group at IMDEA Networks Institute has an opening for one PhD student in the area of network programmability applied to mobile systems. The successful candidate will design and implement scalable measurement probes for the telemetry of metadata flowing within future-generation mobile networks.

Prospective applicants can refer to seminal works on network programmability, measurements, and telemetry, including:

  • P. Bosshart et al., P4: programming protocol-independent packet processors, SIGCOMM CCR 44(3), 2014
  • S. Narayana et al., Language-Directed Hardware Design for Network Performance Monitoring, ACM SIGCOMM 2017
  • Gupta et al., Sonata: query-driven streaming network telemetry, ACM SIGCOMM 2018.

Skills Required

  • A degree in Computer Science or related field, with a solid academic record
  • Strong programming skills and a background in computer networks
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary and experimental research
  • Previous experience in network measurements (not mandatory, but appreciated).

How To Apply

Candidates shall submit by the call deadline a CV, a motivation letter, and two reference letters through the IMDEA Networks Institute hiring portal, at https://careers.networks.imdea.org. Contact the supervisor at marco.fiore@imdea.org for questions about this position.

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

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore.

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD position in Mobile Network Data Analysis– Supervisor: Dr. Marco FIORE

The Networks Data Science group at IMDEA Networks Institute has an opening for one PhD student in the area of mobile network traffic analysis for urban social sciences. The successful candidate will explore large-scale real-world datasets of mobile app traffic collected in operational networks, towards discovering knowledge relevant to the sociology, geography and economics of cities.

This position will be partially funded by the call “Ayudas a la atracción de talento investigador para su incorporación a grupos de investigación de la Comunidad de Madrid” in its Modality 1, grant reference: 2019-T1/TIC-16037, charged to the additional funding for R&D activities awarded budget.

Prospective applicants can refer to recent publications of the group, including:

  • G. Khodabandelou et al., Estimation of Static and Dynamic Urban Populations with Mobile Network Metadata, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 18(9), 2019
  • R. Singh et al., Urban Vibes and Rural Charms: Analysis of Geographic Diversity in Mobile Service Usage at National Scale, TheWebConf (formerly WWW) 2019
  • I. Ucar et al., Netflix or Youtube? Regional income patterns of mobile service consumption, NetMob 2019
  • A. Furno et al., A Tale of Ten Cities: Characterizing Signatures of Mobile Traffic in Urban Areas, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 16(10), 2017
  • A. Furno et al., Joint Spatial and Temporal Classification of Mobile Traffic Demands, IEEE INFOCOM 2017.

Skills Required

  • A degree in Computer Science or related field, with a solid academic record
  • Strong programming skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research
  • Previous experience in data analysis (not mandatory, but appreciated).

How To Apply

Candidates shall submit by the call deadline a CV, a motivation letter, and two reference letters through the IMDEA Networks Institute hiring portal, at https://careers.networks.imdea.org. Contact the supervisor at marco.fiore@imdea.org for questions about this position

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

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore.

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 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, secure and low-latency positioning systems, participating in international projects with academic and industrial partners.

In particular the candidate will work on the European project LOCUS, which has 5G Terminal Localization, and Integration with non-3GPP localization technologies among the objectives.

The student will perform system research, looking both at the theoretical and practical aspects of the design of a 5G solution for localization. Experimental prototyping of candidate solutions is expected.
Results will be published in top conferences and journals in the field.

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

How To Apply

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

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Domenico Giustiniano

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD positions 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.

Related Pointers:

Skills Required

  • 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.

How To Apply

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

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD in “Outlier Detection in Functional Data” [Global Computing Group] – Supervisor: Dr. Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA

The Global Computing Group headed by Prof. Antonio Fernández Anta invites applicants for a fully funded PhD position.

The Global Computing Group explores distributed computing systems and social networks in the widest sense. Among others it has the following lines of research: (i) research on volunteer and crowd-based computing, with emphasis on game-theoretic aspects; (ii) research on techniques for energy efficiency in networks and data centers; (iii) analysis of online social networks using big data, machine learning, and natural language processing technologies.

Within the line of research on big data analysis, PhD student candidates a sought with a background on statistics and computation to develop new techniques and algorithms for the detection of outliers in functional data, both in the univariate and the multivariate domain.

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. Fernández Anta by email for additional information.

Academic Qualifications

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

Skills Required

  • Strong interest in data analysis, big data, and modelling. Experience in outlier detection techniques and functional data analysis is a plus.
  • Programming experience, desirably in R and Python.
  • Experience in research and development, and publication of research papers is 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

Candidates should submit a CV, at least two reference letters, and a motivation letter. All the material has to be submitted through IMDEA Networks’ hiring portal https://careers.networks.imdea.org/

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

The selected student will be supervised by Dr. Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA

Deadline

20 Apr 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)