CALL 19-2018-1 - Researcher position in the Communication Technologies Division – PHYCOM Department

27 November 2018 - Expires: 26 January 2019

The Communication Technologies Division at CTTC invites applications for one Researcher position. The successful applicant will preferably hold a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Electronic/Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field. Candidates holding a similar M.Sc. degree combined with relevant working experience in the industry will be considered too. It is anticipated that the position will be available within the first quarter of 2019 (depending on the selection process and the relevant administrative procedures). The ideal candidate should have proven experience in the areas of software defined radio (SDR), digital signal processing (DSP), hardware-software co-design for embedded systems and high-speed digital design targeting modern FPGA devices.

The applicant is expected to:

  • be a proactive team player
  • carry out innovative applied research
  • have project management skills
  • lead or participate in the preparation of competitive funding project proposals
  • lead or participate in dissemination activities


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher/engineer with solid research, analytical, problem-solving and the programming skills quoted below. The candidate must have fluency in English (spoken and written) and advanced communication skills. Previous experience in fields related to the specific position will be considered a clear plus for the candidate.

Required skills:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in DSP algorithm modeling using Matlab.
  • Excellent FPGA algorithm development skills using VHDL or Verilog HDL languages with special emphasis on advanced RTL coding skills to guarantee timing closure in dense and/or high-speed HDL designs. Priority will be given to candidates with a solid FPGA implementation portfolio of DSP algorithms. Expert knowledge of the the Xilinx Vivado Design Suite is a must.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in firmware development with C or C++, Linux shell scripting, Python and HDL languages, using debugging and profiling tools (e.g., gdb, perf) and version control systems (Git) and IDEs.
  • The applicants must have a deep understanding of OS architecture (Linux or other UNIX-like OS), a strong background on embedded systems, Linux kernel space and user space programming, RTOS and real-time programming techniques, be familiar with the modern ARM 32 and 64-bit architecture and GNU compiler toolchain. The candidate must also possess strong experience in HW-SW co-design practices applied to FPGA-based SoC devices.
  • Hands-on knowledge or previous exposure on wireless communications standards, digital signal processing techniques and SDR.
  • Experience in participating in the entire development cycle: from system conception and specifications, through high level modeling, FPGA development, real-time testing, debugging and lab-based performance validation of the developed algorithm or (sub-)system.
  • Outstanding oral and writing English skills.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, and ability to work in an international team.

Valuable skills:

  • Hands-on experience on Xilinx Partial Configuration design cycle will be considered a valuable asset.
  • It will be highly appreciated having design experience with specific SDR platforms where FPGA devices are used as DSP co-processors e.g., Ettus USRP X and E series platforms, Xilinx ZC706/ZCU102 boards combined with the AD-FMCOMMS2/3 SDR RF front-end.
  • Prior research experience in academia or industry
  • Career distinctions
  • Experience in leading and/or participating in the preparation of scientific publications.
  • Experience in preparation of EC funded research grant proposals.
  • Experience from participating in national and international research projects with partners from academia and industry.


The position is temporary, with perspective to become permanent. A competitive salary will be determined according to qualifications, work experience and budget availability. CTTC is particularly interested in candidates with good balance of academic qualifications and know-how in their field of knowledge.

Applications should include:

  • Full CV including name (email address, etc.) of three referees.
  • Scanned copies of all the obtained degree titles (e.g., originals of the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. titles). When a title is expected to be obtained in a short timeframe (e.g., Ph.D. degree), the candidate should provide a letter signed by his/her University supervisor indicating the estimated examination/graduation date.
  • Cover letter stating the motivation and suitability of the candidate.

The documents should be sent in PDF format through this online application. Applications for the position received by email will not be taken into consideration. CVs and any other data gathered during this process will be handled confidentially.

The closing date for the applications is January 26, 2019. For further information and informal questions, please contact Nikolaos Bartzoudis (nbartzoudis at cttc dot es).


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 and geomatic technologies CTTC provides a fertile environment for research cooperation and innovation between different disciplines. For more information, see

The CTTC seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The CTTC is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.