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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 is part of the PhD school of UC3M, and the PhD degree will be issued by UC3M. PhD students may have to do some MSc-level course work, depending on their prior degrees. (The option to instead enroll at a different university exists.)


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 Data Traffic 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 data traffic analysis. The successful candidate will apply data science tools to characterize and model measurement data collected in the operational network of a major mobile operator; he/she will then leverage the results to design AI-driven solutions for resource and function management. The work will be aimed at shedding light on currently poorly understood patterns of mobile service consumption, with applications in the optimization of future 6G mobile network operation.

The position offers:

  • A unique opportunity to work with large-scale real-world measurement data
  • Training in advanced tools for data science and machine learning, including AI
  • Fully funded long-term visiting periods in the R&D departments of leading telecommunication companies Orange Labs (France) and Ranplan Wireless (UK)
  • The prospect to publish at top-tier venues in networking and/or ubiquitous computing.

The position requires:

  • 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).

This position will be funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019) Project BANYAN: Big dAta aNalYtics for radio Access Networks (ID: 860239) by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. The recruitment process and hiring conditions will follow MSCA-ITN applicable criteria.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore, and will spend half of his/her time with the industrial partners above. Candidates shall submit by the call deadline a CV, a motivation letter, and two reference letters through IMDEA Networks' hiring portal

How To Apply

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

Contact the supervisor at marco.fiore@imdea.org for questions about this position.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore

Deadline

31 Jul 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD position in AI for 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 Intelligence (NI). The successful candidate will investigate techniques for the integration of AI into virtual network functions and in the network data plane. The work will rely on real-world measurement data for AI training and validation, and AI models will be tested in experimental platform. The results will contribute to the development of novel solutions for the automated monitoring and management of future 6G networks.

The position offers:

  • A unique opportunity to work with large-scale real-world measurement data
  • Training in advanced tools for data science and machine learning, including AI
  • Fully funded long-term visiting periods in the R&D departments of leading telecommunication companies Orange Labs (France) and Ranplan Wireless (UK)
  • The prospect to publish at top-tier venues in networking and/or ubiquitous computing.

The position requires:

  • 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
  • A sound background in computer networks
  • Previous experience in data analysis (not mandatory, but appreciated).

This position will be funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019) Project BANYAN: Big dAta aNalYtics for radio Access Networks (ID: 860239) by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. The recruitment process and hiring conditions will follow MSCA-ITN applicable criteria.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore, and will spend half of his/her time with the industrial partners above.

Candidates shall submit by the call deadline a CV, a motivation letter, and two reference letters through IMDEA Networks' hiring portal

How To Apply

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

Contact the supervisor at marco.fiore@imdea.org for questions about this position.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Marco Fiore

Deadline

31 Jul 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD Position [NETCOM Lab] – Supervisor: Dr. Arturo AZCORRA

We are inviting applications for a PhD student position to work under the supervision of Dr. Arturo Azcorra as part of the NETCOM Lab.

Mandatory skills

  • Experience with advanced programing in Java
  • Experience with development of scripts and programs in Python
  • Knowledge and Experience with Linux systems
  • Knowledge and Experience of IP routing and L2 switching, and associated protocols

Optional, but desirable skills

We will evaluate very positively the experience or knowledge on one or more of the following technologies:

  • Cloud platforms (AWS, AZURE, Google Cloud, Openstack, Kubernetes), including their corresponding automation tools
  • Automation: knowledge on tools and platforms such Chef, Puppet or Ansible.
  • Virtualization: administration and deployment of virtualization elements: virtual machines, containers (LXC y/o Docker) and virtual networks in Linux.
  • 5G systems and MEC environments
  • Cloud robotics
  • Robotic Operation System v2
  • Real-time programming
  • Advanced knowledge of Linux (Ubuntu/Centos), including its networks management tools, interface configuration and network services
  • Networks: knowledge on the architecture of corporate networks and the following protocols: ARP, NDP, IPv4, IPv6, DHCP, DNS, GRE, VxLAN, IPsec y BGP.

Benefits

You will benefit from working in TELCARIA, a technology startup with over four years of experience. We are looking for brilliant engineers with the ambition to grow together with the company, building at the same time solid knowledge and experience in SDN, NFV and virtualized network environments. In our offices, easily accessible by public transport and located near University Carlos III of Madrid in Leganés (Madrid), we offer a flexible work schedule and negotiable teleworking days. We also offer highly competitive salaries and work with a certain degree of independence, have responsibility in decision-making and there is a highly innovative and technological component to our 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. Arturo Azcorra

Deadline

31 Jul 2020 - 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
  • 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

31 Jul 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)

PhD in “Distributed Ledger Systems” [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 (social) networks using big data, machine learning, and natural language processing technologies; (iv) distributed ledger technologies.

Within the line of research on distributed ledgers, PhD student candidates a sought with a strong background on principles of distributed computing, programming, and mathematics. During their PhD they will devise and develop new techniques and algorithms for systems of lightly-coupled  distributed ledgers, and they will implement them as proof-of-concept prototypes.

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 principles of distributed systems, distributed ledgers, game theory, mathematics, and economics.
Programming experience, desirably of distributed systems.
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.

This contract will be funded through the EDGEDATA-CM Program (S2018 / TCS-4499) of the call for grants for the realization of Technology R&D Programs 2018 of the Community of Madrid. This contract will be 50% co-financed by the European Social Fund for the programming period 2014-2020.

How To Apply

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

  • 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/),

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

Deadline

31 Jul 2020 - 14:00 (Madrid Time)