CALL 2-2021-1 - Researcher position in Communication Network Division – Optical Networks and Systems Department

20 January 2021 - Expires: 22 February 2021

Researcher position in Communication Network Division – Optical Networks and Systems Department

The Communication Networks Division of the CTTC is searching for interested candidates in a Research and Innovation position in its Optical Networks and Systems Department. For more information about the Department please refer to The successful applicant should have a PhD degree in Telecommunications, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science.

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 H2020 5GPPP TeraFlow research project.

The selected candidate will become a member of an internationally recognized research Department with an important focus on cutting-edge experimental activities. The selected candidate will lead and support the team members in the preparation of the reports of the project, as well as participate in dissemination activities.


The successful applicant must have a PhD degree in Telecommunications, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field.Experience in R&D or industrial projects carried out in the context of research institutions or industry will be 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.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent publication record in top scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of current technology trends in SDN/NFV network control and management, optical/packet networking and cloud concepts and technologies.
  • Effective English oral and writing skills.
  • Python programming, with experience in small and medium-sized projects
  • Knowledge of Linux programming and system administration

Valuable Skills:

  • Experience in hands-on optical and packet SDN network platforms (e.g., ONOS, OpenDayLight, …)
  • Experience in hands-on NFV platforms (e.g., OSM, ONAP, …)
  • Development of cloud-native applications (e.g., based on micro-services)
  • Knowledge of blockchain technologies
  • Hands-on testbed management and proof-of-concept / demo skills.


The contract duration for the position will be 24 months, renewable on a yearly basis subject to performance and budgetary constraints. It is a postdoctoral contract, referred to as contract of access to the Spanish system of science, technology, and innovation in the Spanish Science Act (Ley 14/2011, de 1 de junio, de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación) and the researcher will be initially working in the H2020 5GPPP Teraflow project.

The rank and gross salary, in the range 33,000-35,000€/year, will be determined according to qualifications and work experience.  The position corresponds to the R2 professional category at CTTC.


Interested candidates in joining the Optical Networks and Systems Department should send their curriculum vitae in PDF format through this online application. No applications received by email will be taken consideration for the position.

Applications should include:

-      Full CV, including a list of publications and name (email address, etc) of three referees

-      PhD Degree

-      Cover letter stating the motivation and suitability of the candidate

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.