CALL 27-2021-1 - Senior Researcher position in Communication Networks Division – Mobile Networks Department

12 November 2021 - Expires: 12 December 2021

Who are we looking for?                                                                                                                                   

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

Who are we?                                                                                                                                                        

The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a self-standing, public sector non-profit research institution devoted to fundamental and applied Research activities, mainly focused on technologies related to the physical, data-link and network layers of communication systems, and to the Geomatics.

In November 2015, the CTTC obtained the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute’s commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

We have great benefits for employees: work-life balance measures (33 working days of vacation, teleworking plan, flexible working hours) ; paid sick, maternity and paternity leaves;  Tax-free benefits (ticket restaurant, kindergarten, health insurance and transport), Continuous training

The CTTC is in the Mediterranean Park of Technology in Castelldefels, a scientific parc that hosts the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, research institutions, and innovative companies and startups. The PMT-UPC is located 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and to Castelldefels city center, also close to kindergartens, public and top international schools. It can be reached by car, train (RENFE) and several bus lines.

We have 2 buildings in the campus, with state-of-the-art facilities, comfortable working spaces, meeting and multi-purpose rooms and social spaces.

The institute has a multicultural environment with more than 130 members (scientific, technical, and administrative staff) from all over the World.

Qualifications and Experience                                                                                                                          

We offer a position to work as a Technical Coordinator related to the development and management of CTTC’s networking testbeds and proof-of-concepts, exploring new technologies and their applicability in the scope of the H2020 5G PPP research projects where CTTC is currently participating (

The selected candidate will become a member of an internationally recognized research Department with an important focus on cutting-edge experimental activities.

Applicants must have a PhD in computer science, telecommunications, or related field, and at least 10-year research experience and participation in industrial projects/positions. This latter requirement has to be fulfilled by the publishing date of this call. We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate capable of coordinating independent research project on networking testbeds, as well as demonstrating excellent coordination skills to carry out highly innovative R&D work in collaborative projects together with other researchers.

Main responsibilities:

  • Understanding the commitments as far as the networking testbeds are concerned as reflected in the Description of Work (DoW) of active research projects
  • Translating the projects requirements into topologies and technologies implementable in the networking testbeds
  • Designing experiments to highlight research KPIs and produce scientific contributions
  • Coordinating experiments with the PIs of research projects and the technicians involved the networking testbeds

Required skills and experience:

  • (30 points) Solid understanding of technologies and practical knowledge of the tools used in the networking testbeds, including:
    • Network softwarization, virtualization, slicing concepts
    • 5G, SDN, NFV (including NFVO, MANO, NVFI, VIM), MEC technologies
    • Linux operating system (at least administrator-level, ideally kernel-level knowledge)
    • VM, Container, Microservices and related tools (including OpenStack, docker, k8s, Prometheus, …)
    • Network management concepts and tools (including Netconf, Ansible, …)
    • Wide range of hardware from embedded system to servers using different OS
    • Scripting and automation languages (Shell script, Python, …)
  • (10 points) Research-oriented and results-focused vision, including proven record of publications in Q1-Q2 journals
  • (10 points) Solid theoretical/analytical knowledge of network optimization and practical knowledge of optimization tools (e.g., CPLEX).
  • (10 points) Efficient project management and coordination skills, including
    • Efficient management of multidisciplinary teams
    • Supervision of bachelor, master and/or PhD theses
    • Solid understanding of project management methodologies including Agile
  • (10 points) Experience in National, EU or other public-funded ICT-related projects
  • (10 points) Experience in industrial projects and/or positions in the above required skills

Other highly valued merits

  • (+5 points) Web development
  • (+5 points) Configuration of commercial networking equipment (e.g., switches, routers, firewalls)
  • (+5 points) Network security


What we offer:                                                                                                                                                     

The position is temporary, investigador/a interino/a, according to the Spanish national law. An interim contract for vacancy is issued to temporarily cover a permanent position during the selection or promotion process for its definitive coverage, expected to take place within 3 years of the approval of the public offer of occupation with regards to the vacant permanent position. The position lies within the R3 professional category at CTTC. The rank and salary will be determined according to qualifications and work experience.

  • Full-time contract: 7,5 h/day. Flexibility
  • The salary will be in the range between 40360€ and 48028.4 € (gross per year).

How to apply                                                                                                                                                        

All applications must include:

  1. A complete CV including contact details (with 2 references)
  2. Academic degree certificates
  3. Cover letter

The application documents must be submitted in pdf format through this online application.

The deadline for applications is December 12th, 2021.


CTTC offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcome applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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.


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