PhD position in the analysis social event via mobile network metadata

Networks Data Science Group

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 8th, 2024 23:59 AoE (09 February 2024, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)

The Networks Data Science group ( at IMDEA Networks Institute has an opening for one PhD student in the area of mobile network metadata analysis. The successful candidate will analyze service-level demands collected in an operational 4G/5G network, and explore their dynamics in presence of large-scale social events. To his end, the PhD student will have privileged access to measurement datasets from a leading operator, and to a big data analysis platform with substantial compute resources for their processing via Apache Spark. The candidate will continue the long track record of the NDS group in producing new knowledge of and modeling approaches for the spatial, temporal and service-level dynamics of real-world mobile traffic [1-4].

 The position offers:

  • hands-on training in telecom big data analysis and modeling with Apache Spark
  • a unique opportunity to work with large-scale real-world measurement data
  • a vibrant, collaborative, multi-cultural and English-speaking environment
  • the prospect to publish at top-tier venues in networking
  • an advantageous path to a successful career in industry or academia [5]
  • the high quality of life of the region of Madrid, Spain, where we are based.

 The position requires:

  • a degree in Computer Science or related field, with a solid academic record
  • excellent programming skills
  • a strong interest in big data analysis (prior experience is a plus)
  • fluency in written and spoken English
  • enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research.

Inquiries on the position can be directed to the thesis supervisor, Dr. Marco Fiore, via email at

Candidates shall submit by the call deadline a CV, a motivation letter, and the contact details of two references through the IMDEA Networks Institute hiring portal, at

[1] S. Mishra, A.F. Zanella, O.E. Martínez-Durive, D. Madariaga, C. Ziemlicki, M. Fiore, Characterizing 5G Adoption and its Impact on Network Traffic and Mobile Service Consumption IEEE INFOCOM 2024

[2] A.F. Zanella, O.E. Martínez-Durive, S. Mishra, Z. Smoreda, M. Fiore, Impact of Later-Stages COVID-19 Response Measures on Spatiotemporal Mobile Service Usage, IEEE INFOCOM 2022

[3] S. Mishra, Z. Smoreda, M. Fiore, Second-level Digital Divide: a Longitudinal Study of Mobile Traffic Consumption Imbalance in France, ACM WWW 2022

[4] I. Ucar, M. Gramaglia, M. Fiore, Z. Smoreda, E. Moro, News or Social Media? Socioeconomic divide of mobile service consumption, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2021



This position will be co-funded by grant 2023-5A/TIC-28944 (NetSense+1), funded by Comunidad de Madrid with public funds from the Talent Attraction call for one additional year 2023 (Orden 2640/2023), awarded under Orden 4205/2023.

This position may be co-funded by project CNS2023-143870 (6G-IRONWARE), funded by MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 and the European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR.

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: PhD: PhD Student positions [2024]
  2. Deadline for receipt of applications: February 8th, 2024 23:59 AoE (09 February 2024, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)
  3. If necessary choose as supervisor Marco FIORE