CALL-32-2019-1 - Researcher position in the Communication Technologies Division – PHYCOM Department

17 December 2019 - Expires: 17 January 2020

The Communication Technologies Division of the CTTC is searching for interested candidates in a full-time fixed-term Researcher position for its PHYCOM Department in the context of the project SensorQ, funded by the ministry of defense of Spain. Detailed information about the project can be found at the end of this position description.


The principal objective of the position is to carry out applied research on topics related to the following areas:

1.- Optical sensor design and simulation using commercial and developed software.

2.- Design and implementation of experimental setups using optoelectronic components. Full stand-alone sensor assembly, consisting in developing optical sensors that include sensor heads designed and fabricated during the project.

3.- Experimentation with lab equipment, i.e. surface plasmon resonance effect measurements using a reflectometer to find the optical properties of liquids and gases, using the sensor heads to be developed during the project. Experimentation using the stand-alone sensors to be developed during the project.

The position holder will be required todisseminate results through scientific publications in high-quality journals and top-tier international conferences. The selected candidate will join the PHYCOM Department and will contribute to the group activities and discussions.


The following qualifications and competences are required for the position:

-          The candidate should hold an MSc or PhD title on electrical and electronic engineering, or physics.

-          Solid understanding and project-based experience in (a subset of) the following areas:

  • Optoelectronic component-based assembly for experimentation.
  • Design and simulation of optical sensors.
  • Experiments using optical sensors.
  • Surface plasmon resonance sensors.
  • Micro and nano technology.
  • 3D and 2D structure printing.
  • Printed circuit board.

-          Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

-          Scientific ambition, motivation and proactive attitude.

-          Excellent communication and team-working skills.

-          Strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency.

-          Simulation software: Matlab, Mathematica, Comsol.



  • This is a full-time fixed-term contract starting in Q1 of 2020 and with a duration aligned with the time-frame of the SensorQ project (expected end date: October 2021). Depending on the applicable labor law, budget availability and the performance of the selected candidate, the contract may be extended beyond the duration of the SensorQ project.
  • Position is based in Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain and physical attendance to the CTTC building is a must.
  • Working hours are 37,5 per week and the candidate can enjoy 33 days of holidays per year.
  • The call for applications will close on January 17th and the contract for the offered position will start as soon as the evaluation procedure is finalized.
  • The professional category and salary will be determined according to qualifications and work experience, and it will be within the range of 28-40 k€ (gross per year).
  • 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.



Interested applicants are required to submit online the following documents in English and in PDF format:

1) Full CV, including complete list of publications (if any), relevant professional experience, awards and fellowships, and any additional scientific achievements or relevant merits.

2) Research statement (max 1 page) explaining the applicant’s qualifications and topics of preferred research focus and how the applicant’s competence can contribute to addressing the tasks associated with the position.

3) Contact information (email address, etc.) of two reference persons.

Applications are submitted online through this website. Please use the button at the bottom of the page to reach the application form. Incomplete applications or applications received by email will not be considered for the position.

Shortlisted applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position will be interviewed.

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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.



The project SensorQ aims to produce high sensitivity optical sensors for the detection of hazardous gases or liquids. The project includes characterizing hazardous substances using lab equipment and stand-alone sensors, with the focus being on the development of advanced, high sensitivity sensor heads from design to fabrication. The developed sensor heads should be integrated in prototypes and tested during the project.