Director position at IMDEA Networks

Deadline for receipt of applications: June 21, 2023 23:59 AoE (22 June 2023, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)

IMDEA Networks is one of the seven IMDEA research institutes founded in 2006 by Comunidad de Madrid. Its mission is to do research of excellence in networking, contributing to tackle the challenges of society and fostering the sustainable development of the region of Madrid.

Within this context, IMDEA Networks launches this Call to fill the position of Director of the Institute.

  1. Position Description

The selected Director is expected to lead the Institute driving its scientific excellence and technology transfer activities. The Director will be responsible for:

  • Directing, promoting and supervising all the activities of the Institute, following the guidelines established by the Board of Trustees, and with the advice of the Scientific Council.
  • Hiring the personnel at the service of the Institute and acting as their hierarchical superior.
  • Coordinating the elaboration of the action plans of the Institute, determining its needs and resources, as well as the necessary means to achieve the aims of the Institute.
  • Formulating the formal budget and annual accounts.
  • Determining the distribution and application of the funds available for the purposes of the Institute, within the general limits established by the Board of Trustees as well as public and private competitive calls for R&D&I project financing.
  1. Requirements and eligibility criteria

The candidates must demonstrate a high level in the following aspects:

  1. Leadership and management skills. Experience in management of R&D centers.
  2. Scientific and technological capacity in the area of networking.
  3. Capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship in the area. Contribution to the transformation of the socioeconomic ecosystem of networking.
  4. Capacity for communication and dissemination of scientific and technological advances in networking.
  5. High level of English and Spanish are required for this position.

Within the above lines, the following specific skills will be very particularly valued:

  1. Having an MBA or similar studies (in addition to having a PhD in the networking field).
  2. Knowledge of the Spanish and European R&D ecosystems, including their funding bodies and regulations.
  3. Expertise not only in research but also in the deployment and adoption of key networking technologies such as 5G or 6G.
  4. Proven experience in leading high-volume R&D activities involving large budgets, efforts and teams is a must for this position.
  1. Evaluation and selection of candidates.

In accordance with the Institute’s Bylaws, the Director shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees among persons of prestige in the field of networking, qualified for the position and with demonstrable experience in directing groups, projects and institutions.
Candidates will be evaluated based on requirements and eligibility criteria. The Scientific Council shall advise the Board of Trustees in the selection process.
Each candidate will be notified individually of the decision of selection or non-selection resulting from the process.

  1. Application

Candidates should submit their applications before 30 natural days counted from the day after the publication of this call.
Applications must be submitted through the IMDEA Networks Employment Portal:, Remember to select the following option Director: [Director at IMDEA Networks] [2023]
Requested documents: Curriculum Vitae (in English, free format). Additional documents (e.g., copy of degrees) may be requested on demand.

  1. Publicity

Publicity of this call will be given in at least the following websites:

  1. Data Protection Policy

In accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), we inform you that the personal data contained in the applications will be recorded in a file. You may exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition to your personal data by sending an email to

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity:

IMDEA Networks Institute aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Until a balanced ratio of men and women has been achieved at the institute, preference will be given to women if applicants have similar qualifications. IMDEA Networks Institute actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated against in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination). People with disabilities who have the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply

  1. Remember to select the following option: Director: [Director position at IMDEA Networks] [2023]
  2. Deadline for receipt of applications: June 21, 2023 23:59 AoE (22 June 2023, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)