PhD student position in Cybersecurity

Internet Analytics Group

Deadline for receipt of applications: Decemberr 30th, 2023 23:59 AoE (31 December 2023, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)

IMDEA Networks Institute invites applications for a fully-funded Ph.D position in the area of cybersecurity. The selected candidate will become a member of the Internet Analytics Group headed by Dr. Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, and will conduct exciting empirical research to detect and characterize unknown security and privacy threats associated with smart home technologies, cross-device tracking methods, or vulnerabilities in the software supply chain (SBOMs).

The positions offers:

  • A fully-funded Ph.D. position with a competitive salary package.
  • Help with moving to Spain and settling at IMDEA Networks in Madrid.
  • Working in a collaborative, multi-cultural and English-speaking environment in the vibrant city of Madrid.
  • The expectation to learn about cutting-edge and practical methods and technologies.
  • The expectation to publish impactful work at top-tier conferences in the field of cybersecurity and privacy (e.g., USENIX Security Symposium, IEEE Symposium on S&P, ACM CCS, NDSS, or PETS)
  • Working in real-world problems with enormous societal, scientific, regulatory and industrial impact (see prior work of the team)

Skills Required:

  • C. in Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineering or related areas.
  • Critical thinking
  • English proficiency is mandatory
  • Good organisation and communication skills.
  • Experience in any of the following technologies will be positively considered: reverse engineering, protocol analysis, and dynamic analysis (e.g., Frida)

For questions, contact Dr. Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez by email (

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: Decemberr 30th, 2023 23:59 AoE (31 December 2023, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)
  3. If necessary choose as supervisor Narseo VALLINA-RODRÍGUEZ