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PhD Student in Analysis of CPU Microarchitectural Attacks

Applications are invited for a PhD 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 specific topic of the research will be determined based on the common interests of the candidate and the supervisor. Possible research directions include:

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

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates have earned (or are in their last year of) a Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Mathematics, with experience in at least one of the following areas:

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 duration of the position is intended to be for the duration of the doctoral studies.

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).