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PhD in Cybercrime Attribution

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD position at the IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid, Spain.

Selected candidates will work with Dr. Juan Caballero on the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel cybercrime attribution techniques. The project may cover malware-supported attacks on different architectures (e.g., Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, IoT), as well as the analysis of cybercriminal relationships in different ecosystems such as the Web or the Deep Web. The specific application scenario will be determined based on the interests and skills of the candidate.

The PhD research 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, are passionate about computer security with an emphasis on systems security, and have some experience and interest in at least one of the following areas:

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 institutes 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 fall 2021.

Deadline for applications is May 14th, 2021. 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 5 - PhD Student and using reference code 2021-04-phd-attribution.

For any questions about these positions, please contact Juan Caballero directly (juan dot caballero at imdea dot org).