CALL 14-2021-1 - Researcher position in Communication Network Division – Mobile Networks Department

29 March 2021 - Expires: 31 May 2021

The Communication Networks Division of CTTC invites applications for an early-stage researcher (ESR) at pre-doctoral level in its Mobile Networks Department. The contract will be funded by EU-MSCA-GREENEDGE project, see

ESR Project title: Energy-efficient edge computing for sustainable metropolitan areas [GREENEDGE ESR5]

Contact names: Dr. Paolo Dini ( and Dr. Marco Miozzo (

Application deadline: May 31, 2021

ESR Project Description: The goal of this project is the generation of high-resolution dynamic maps of the urban population in order to capture the time-varying density of people across metropolitan areas, by combining multiple and heterogeneous data sources. To do so, energy efficient ML solutions for data gathered from the mobile network infrastructure and the Geographical Information System (GIS) will be studied. Human mobility will be investigated: i) to detect and classify spatial and temporal patterns in urban settings, including different types of urban anomalies, and, ii) to identify dependencies between urban population dynamics and the spatial structure of the cities (e.g., layout of roads, transport system networks, neighbourhood categorization, presence of points of interests) as well as exogenous events.

Expected Results: (1) A theoretical analysis of energy-efficient ML algorithms for pattern recognition; data mining platform for real-time monitoring of urban areas combining mobile and GIS data; (2) The computation of spatial human mobility maps with high time and space accuracy; (3)The comparison of urban dynamics for different European cities; quantitative evaluation of the proposed solutions for different Smart City applications and comparison with traditional urban monitoring tools (e.g., cartography, traffic cameras, smart sensors).

Supervision and Mobility Program: Once hired, the candidate: will work at CTTC, performing full-time research under the supervision of Dr. Paolo Dini.will be enrolled in the PhD program at UPC, under the supervision of Prof. Mario García Lozano. will additionally pursue two secondments at Imperial College London and ACISA (Spain), for a duration of 5 months each one.

Required skills:

  • At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have lived in Spainfor more than 12 months in the previous 36 months (3 years).
  • No more than 4 years spent in research activities after the achievement of the MS degree.

Preferred skills:

  • A Master’s degree in Cartography, Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Data Science, Telecommunications or equivalent.
  • Knowledge on machine learning, data mining, GIS or mobile networks.
  • Ability and motivation to conduct high-quality research, including publishing the results in relevant venues.
  • Strong programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Java, C/C++).
  • Very good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Creativity, good sense of initiative, open-mindedness, strong integration skills and team spirit.

Desired Prerequisites skills:

  • Working experience in the areas of data mining and GIS is an advantage.
  • Knowledge on Spatio-temporal data analysis and Optimization Theory is an advantage.

Required, means mandatory to pass the eligibility check. Preferred, means highly welcome and recommended. Desired, means additional, not strictly needed, but still very much appreciated.


The duration of the contract will be 3 years, starting between September and November 2021. The position corresponds to the R1 professional category at CTTC. The contract is subject to the rules of EU-MSCA-GREENEDGE Grant Agreement (including salary). You can find the details at:


Researchers interested in joining the Mobile Networks Department should send their curriculum vitae, and all the required documentation based on the following guide:

The application is made through the GREENEDGE website:


The 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 centre in telecommunications technologies CTTC provides a fertile environment for research cooperation and innovation between different disciplines. The Communication Networks Division of CTTC aims at providing integrated view of complex network architectures. For more information, please visit Inside the Communication Networks Division, the Mobile Networks department investigates methods to control complex network architectures through machine learning, optimal control and data analysis. For more information, please visit:

CTTC offers a young and multi-cultural environment aimed at fostering excellent research and development activities, providing access to an outstanding research network, top-tech labs, and all tools needed to conduct top-quality research and development activities.

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.