CALL 19-2020-1 - Research Assistant position at the Geodesy and Navigation Department

15 September 2020 - Expires: 15 October 2020

The Geomatics Division of CTTC invites applications for a research assistant position in its Geodesy and Navigation Department.


We are looking for a junior researcher interested in and capable of developing a new Inertial Navigation System (INS) -based surveying pole. This activity is related to an original INS-based procedure patented by the CTTC (iPOLE prototype).

In particular, the candidate will be required to help evolving the current iPOLE prototype to a pre-commercial one. Current GNSS-inclinable surveying pole systems rely on magnetometer sensors. The use of these types of sensor implies performance degradation when operating near magnetic fields. iPOLE, based on inertial sensors, provides a new approach to ranging pole systems, able to provide requested performance even when working near magnetic fields.

The work to be done will involve: (i) review and improvement of the existing system drivers (C++ software); (ii) development of a graphical user interface; (iii) planning and carrying out exhaustive testing and validation campaigns to assess the performance of the surveying pole; and (iv) documentation and dissemination activities, including visits to commercial fairs or scientific conferences.


Interested candidates must be strongly motivated and hold a degree in the areas of surveying, geoinformation, computer science, or related areas. They should demonstrate oral and written Spanish and English communication skills.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate background in as many as possible areas out of the following list:

  • Previous experience in the use and principles of surveying poles, total stations and topographic instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in C/C++, Javascript, HTML and/or Python.
  • Graphical Interface design and development.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of test campaigns.


Interested candidates will be evaluated considering the following aspects:

  • Experience in topographic survey.
  • Operational experience with topographic instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of GNSS: theory and practice.
  • Programming skills.
  • Experience in interface design and development.
  • Experience in validation and testing activities.
  • Previous research experience: publication track and previous R&D projects.
  • English and Spanish proficiency.
  • Catalan skills are appreciated.



The contract duration for the potential position would be until 31st December 2021. The position is associated to a multi-year contract, funded through the AGAUR agency.

The salary will be in the range of 24-29 k€ (gross per year). Professional category and salary will be determined according to qualifications and work experience.


Researchers interested in joining the Geodesy and Navigation Department should send their curriculum vitae, including list of publications, and the names and addresses of at least two referees. These documents should be sent in PDF format through this online application, which will remain open during 1 month starting from 15 September 2020. CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially.


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. More specifically, the Geomatics Division develops what is understood as the “Geomatics discipline”, that is to say, a variety of techniques that integrate sensors that capture data and images (basically cameras and other remote sensors) with methods for the treatment, analysis, interpretation, diffusion and storage of geographic information. It connects various traditional disciplines, like geodesy or cartography with more recently developed fields like remote sensing, satellite navigation and latest information and communication technologies. As a result, geomatics allows us today to obtain information about the Earth and her atmosphere globally and within very short time. For more information, please visit

Inside the Geomatics division, the Geodesy and Navigation Department (GEON) does research in the integration of any available sensor for local geodetic applications both in their geometric and physical aspects. The GEON staff constitutes a multidisciplinary team with strong backgrounds in cartography, geodesy, geography, mathematics, electronic engineering and computer science. Over the years, the GEON Department has developed theoretical, software development, hardware integration and educational capabilities, through the realization of applied research projects and continuous education programmes. 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.