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PhD in Cyber Security

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD position in cyber security at the IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid, Spain. Selected candidates will work with Dr. Juan Caballero on one of the following topics to be decided based on the candidate’s interests:

All research topics are application-focused and will involve a combination of data collection, data analysis, and prototype development.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates have earned (or are in their last year of) a Master’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, have a strong commitment to research, enjoy coding, and have some experience and interest in at least one of the following: computer security, software engineering, data analysis, machine learning, natural language processing.

Good programming and tool building skills are required. Good command of English both spoken and written is also required.

Working at IMDEA Software

The IMDEA Software Institute is ranked among the best European research institutions in the area of Computer Security. Located in the Montegancedo Science and Technology Park, it perfectly combines the sunny and vibrant city of Madrid with cutting edge research and an inspiring working environment.

The institute provides an internationally competitive stipend, access to an excellent public health care system, unemployment benefits, retirement benefits, and support for research related travel. The working language at the institute is English. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.


The position will cover the whole duration of the doctoral studies. The ideal starting period is January 2025 with flexibility.

Deadline for applications is September 20, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the positions are filled.

How to apply?

Applicants interested in the position should submit their application at selecting option PhD Student and using reference code 2024-07-phd-cybersec.

The recruitment process will comply with the IMDEA Software Institute’s OTM-R Policy.

For enquiries about the position, please contact Juan Caballero directly ().