CALL 07-2024-1 Director of research

  • Full Time
  • 20/03/2024
  • Applications have closed
  • Reference: CALL 07-2024-1

Who are we looking for?

CTTC is searching for interested candidates in a R4-Director of Research permanent position to work with any of its research areas to initiate a new research line with vision for the future and that complements them well. Mainly we are looking for skills in cybersecurity and trustworthy learning systems; alternatively, experience in explainable AI , Generative AI, Representation Learning or Large Language Models is also welcome. However, even if you do not meet this requirement you are encouraged to apply (see the Qualifications and Experience section).

What do we offer? :

  • We offer a permanent contract
  • The starting date is flexible from June 2023
  • Continuous training, access to lab facilities, state of the art infrastructure and polyvalent working spaces, participation in scientific events and R&D projects, complementary skills development.
  • Resources to build up a new research group within CTTC
  • We have great benefits for employees:
    • Paid time off: vacation (33 working days per year), holidays, sick and parental leave and more
    • Up to 3 days of Telework per week (2 fixed + 1 upon request). Other requests may be studied to accommodate special needs.
    • Flexible working hours for work-life balance
    • Tax-free optional benefits: restaurant ticket, nursery ticket, transport pass, private health insurance for employees and family.
    • Career path promotion (either professional category and/or annual gross salary)
    • Annual productivity upon performance
    • Possibility to complement the salary with personal grants.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, energetic person, aiming at significantly improving his or her career perspectives in both public and private sectors. The successful applicant should have the competences of the R4 category (

Required qualification/skills/experience:

  • Publications with a high number of citations or impact.
  • Proven expertise in cybersecurity and trustworthy learning systems; alternatively, experience in explainable AI, Generative AI, Representation Learning or Large Language Models is also welcome.
  • List of relevant contributions in IPR, especially royalty contracts
  • Proven experience in promoting, managing and scientifically leading attractive R&D projects for other researchers of similar reputation.
  • Carrying out scientific-technical work at a personal level (eg, software programming, laboratory work, etc,…)
  • Proven ability based on its scientific-technical reputation to secure long-term funding for research projects.
  • Extensive list of persons trained under his/her supervision or direction and, where applicable, their current professional relevance.
  • Identifies the implications and applications of his/her scientific-technical activity with his participation in round tables or his participation in the preparation of “white papers”.
  • Excellence in communication skills and relationship with the research community, especially in the productive sector.
  • It develops a strategic vision of the future and is a scientific reference in its subject.

Other skills that are valuable, but not mandatory, are:

  • Substantial and innovative contribution in his field and implications in other fields of research firmly based on his list of publications and other scientific-technical contributions. (Index H, Patents, etc.).
  • It has an international reputation based on excellence or relevance
  • Beyond the formation of a solid research team and networked in international collaborations, a long-term vision must be evident,
  • Ability to create an innovative and comfortable environment to attract other researchers of similar reputation to carry out short or medium-term stays in his/her work team.
  • Active and committed person in the professional development of his colleagues.

Even if you do not meet all the requirements, we encourage you to apply.

The candidates’ past performance but also future potential will be considered as criteria for selecting researchers.

How to apply?

All applications must include:

  1. A complete CV, including a list of publications and the contact details of two potential referees
  2. PhD degree
  3. Cover letter stating the motivation and suitability of the candidate.

The application documents must be submitted in pdf format through this online application.


CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially.

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Who are we?

  • The Center Tecnològic de Telecomunicaciones de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit public sector research institution dedicated to fundamental and applied research activities, focused mainly on technologies related to the physical, data link and network layers of communication systems and Geomatics.
  • CTTC received the “HR Excellence in Research” award in 2015 from the European Commission and successfully passed into the Award Renewal phase in 2023. This is a recognition of the Institute’s commitment to develop a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). Our institution’s comprehensive analysis and HRS4R action plan meet all the requirements of progress and quality of our HR policies. CTTC promotes itself as a provider of a stimulating and favourable work environment for researchers.
  • The CTTC is located in the beautiful Mediterranean Technological Park of Castelldefels, a science park that houses the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, research institutions, innovative companies and startups. The PMT-UPC is located 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and the city center of Castelldefels, also close to childcare centers, public schools and the best international schools. It can be reached by car, train (RENFE) and various bus lines.
  • We have 2 buildings on campus, with state-of-the-art facilities, comfortable work spaces, meeting rooms, and multipurpose spaces, as well as social spaces.
  • The institute has a multicultural environment with more than 130 members (scientific, technical and administrative staff) from all over the world.

CTTC offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

The CTTC seeks to increase the presence of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages them to stand as candidates.

It is also committed to increasing the number of people with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages their applications.