CALL-4-2022-1: Transitional PreDoc Contracts 2022

  • 11/03/2022
  • Applications have closed
  • Reference: CALL-4-2022-1

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates interested in pursuing a PhD under the funding of an official grant agency. To that effect, CTTC is offering transitional contracts of one year so that candidates can start working with us while they apply for pre-doc grants in official programs. They will be expected to prepare their application in collaboration with CTTC for submission to several official predoc fellowship programs. We are looking for highly motivated candidates, with a strong desire to learn and interest in performing cutting edge research in a truly international R&D center.

Who are we? 

The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a self-standing, public sector non-profit research institution devoted to fundamental and applied Research activities, mainly focused on technologies related to the physical, data-link and network layers of communication systems, and to the Geomatics.

In November 2015, the CTTC obtained the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute’s commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, 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).

We have great benefits for employees: work-life balance measures (33 working days of vacation, teleworking plan, flexible working hours); paid sick, maternity and paternity leaves; Tax-free benefits (ticket restaurant, kindergarten, health insurance and transport), Continuous training.

The CTTC is in the Mediterranean Park of Technology in Castelldefels, a scientific parc that hosts the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, research institutions, and innovative companies and startups. The PMT-UPC is located 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and to Castelldefels city center, also close to kindergartens, public and top international schools. It can be reached by car, train (RENFE) and several bus lines.

We have 2 buildings in the campus, with state-of-the-art facilities, comfortable working spaces, meeting and multi-purpose rooms and social spaces.

The institute has a multicultural environment with more than 130 members (scientific, technical, and administrative staff) from all over the World.

Qualifications and Experience
  • Candidates must be or have been enrolled in an official Telecom/Electrical Engineering/Computer Science/Geomatics Master program that provides subsequent access to a PhD program (or be enrolled in a PhD program in the same areas).
  • They must not hold a PhD title.
  • They must not have had any pre-doctoral contract such as FI/FPU/FPI grants or predoctoral contracts as specified in the law of Science and Technology (4/2011, June 1, art. 21).
  • Candidates must have a weighted average score of his/her Bachelor/Master degrees equal to or higher than 7.5 in a scale from 0 to 10 (see below for details on how this score is computed).

General skills

  • Good competencies associated with their university degrees in backgrounds related to Telecom/Electrical Engineering/Computer Science/Geomatics.
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.
  • Creativity, open-mindedness and integration skills are highly appreciated.

Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Weighted average score of the academic record of the candidate, computed as follows: the average score of the Bachelor Degree will be weighted by 80% and the average score of the Master Degree will be weighted by 20% (4 points).
  • Appropriateness of the background of the candidate in Telecoms/Electrical Engineering/ Computer Science/Geomatics, English skills and soft skills (3 points).

Given the nature of this call, availability to start immediately will be positively valued. In cases where applicants obtain the same score, priority will be given to female candidates and applicants from underrepresented minorities.

What we offer

The duration of the contract is 1 year. The position corresponds to the R1A (Level I) professional category at CTTC (salary 16.272,74€/year). More information about CTTC professional categories is available at:

Candidates are expected to submit grant applications to the official predoctoral programs, at least the Catalan FI call and the Spanish FPU/FPI calls with a CTTC researcher as supervisor and accept the official grant if the application is eventually successful.

How to apply

Researchers interested in applying for this position should submit the following documentation through the online submission system (No applications received by email will be taken consideration for the position):

  • A PDF document including (2 pages max): (i) Name of the candidate (ii) brief CV of the candidate, (iii) a paragraph with a description of the topics/area of interest (iv) preferred research unit and/or supervisor (optional).
  • Official academic record of the candidate corresponding to his/her Bachelor and Master degree studies, including the date where the corresponding title was obtained and the average score, computed according to the criteria in Real Decreto 1125/2003 (September 5).
  • In case of studies taken at foreign institutions, the candidate must also submit an official declaration of equivalences of the average academic score, according to the current dispositions of the Spanish Ministry of Education.

CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially. Since the publication date, the offer will be open during one month.

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

CTTC seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. CTTC is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.