CALL 12-2020-1 - Research Assistant position in Communication Network Division – Optical Networks and Systems Department

04 May 2020 - Expires: 04 June 2020

The Communication Networks Division of the CTTC is searching for interested candidates in a Research Assistant position in its Optical Networks and Systems Department. For more information about the Department please refer to

We offer a position to work on the design, planning and development of software for optical networking testbeds and proof-of-concepts, exploring new technologies and their applicability in the scope of the Spanish Government AURORAS research project.



Applicants must hold an MSc/Engineering degree in telecommunications, computer science, or related fields. Experience in R&D or industrial projects carried out in the context of research institutions or industry is appreciated.

We are looking for candidates with a strong motivation and desire to learn and explore new technologies. Interested candidates should have good analysis, problem solving, proactiveness, organizational and multi-tasking skills. Candidates should also demonstrate strong oral and written English communication skills.

Interested candidate must have knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Python programming, with experience in small and medium-sized projects
  • Linux programming and basic system administration
  • Networking concepts and technologies


Background in one or more of the following key topics will be positively evaluated:

  • RESTful APIs and NETCONF protocol
  • YANG data model
  • Client/server applications
  • Testbed management and proof-of-concept / demo skills (e.g., GUIs and supporting applications)



The position is full time, linked to the duration of the  Spanish Government AURORAS ( within the programme “Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad” to which the candidate will be assigned. AURORAS project will last until December 31, 2021 and a likely extension until mid 2022.

The rank and gross salary, in the range 24,000-30,000€/year, will be determined according to qualifications and work experience.



Interested candidates in joining the Optical Networks and Systems Department should send their curriculum vitae in PDF format through this online application

CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially. Since the publication date, the offer will stay open during one month.



Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), in Castelldefels – Barcelona, is a growing and well-funded research institution fostering excellence and diversity. CTTC offers a highly international environment at an exceptionally attractive location. As a research center in telecommunications technologies CTTC provides a fertile environment for research cooperation and innovation between different disciplines. More specifically, the Communication Networks Division (COMNET) aims at providing an integrated end-to-end view of mobile and transport, optical and wireless, access and core networks by exploiting SDN and NFV architectural principles. For more information, please visit

CTTC seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

CTTC is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.