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Research internship in Analysis of CPU Microarchitectural Attacks

Applications are invited for a research intern position at the IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid, Spain.

Selected candidates will work under the supervision of Marco Guarnieri.

The topic of the research is (1) exploring the security implications of CPU microarchitectural side-effects, and (2) developing tools and techniques for detecting and preventing CPU microarchitectural attacks, such as the recent Spectre and Meltdown attacks.

The position is partially funded by a research grant from Intel Corporation.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates should be final year bachelor or master students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Mathematics with an interest in the aforementioned research topic.

Experience in the following areas is a plus:

Solid programming skills will be highly valued. The position requires good teamwork and communication skills, including excellent spoken and written English.

Working at IMDEA Software

The IMDEA Software Institute is ranked among the best European research institutes in the areas of Programming Languages and 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 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 internship duration is intended to be for 4-6 months (with some flexibility).

Deadline for applications is September 30th, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

How to apply?

Applicants interested in the position should submit their application at


For any questions about these positions, please contact Marco Guarnieri directly (marco dot guarnieri at imdea dot org).