PhD in Computer Security

Intranet IMDEA Software Institute
March 17, 2023
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PhD in Computer Security

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD position in computer security at the IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid, Spain. Selected candidates will work with Dr. Juan Caballero on one of the following topics to be decided based on the candidate's interests:

  • Software Security: Developing techniques for securing the software supply chain against integrity attacks that modify benign programs with the insertion of malware
  • Blockchain Intelligence: Developing techniques for identifying malicious activities in blockchain ledgers such as those related to cybercrime and the exploitation of smart contracts
  • Threat Intelligence: Graph-Based data mining approaches to identify unknown threats and relationships in massive datasets
  • Malware: Malware detection, classification, and attribution approaches
  • Network Security: Designing and implementing automated techniques for discovering the network assets of an organization such as servers, domains, and IP ranges
  • All research topics are application-focused and 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 software engineering and computer security, enjoy coding, and have some experience and interest in at least one of the techniques and application areas described above.

    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 institutions 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 September 2023 with flexibility.

    Deadline for applications is March 17th, 2023. 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 https: // selection option "PhD Student" and using reference code 2023-02-phd-compsec.

    For any questions about these positions, please contact directly Juan Caballero (

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