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Junior Researcher

Application deadline

March 25, 2020

Type of contract


We are looking for motivated individuals with a degree in engineering, computer science (or equivalent if relevant qualifications are presented) willing to do research in quantum communications networks. We expect good programming skills (prefereably in Python) and value the knowledge on classical cryptography and networks (specially on SDN and optical communications). The candidate should be able to communicate fluently in English. We will also value the candidate’s ability to work as part of a team, on his/her own initiative, and his/her comunications skills.

The work is part of the recently awarded OpenQKD: Open European Quantum Key Distribution Network. This project is considered as the initial phase of a far-reaching program that will create a Quantum Communications Network all over Europe, the Quantum Communications Infrastructure. The candidate will work on the integration of experimental Quantum Key Distribution Systems into real production networks following novel networks paradigm such as Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization. He/she will do research in architectures, interfaces, protocols, network analysis and optimization and deployment of devices and services combining classical and quantum communications.

The candidate will get a profound knowledge in the integration and deployment of quantum key distribution networks and will work in a team that mixes university as well as industry led research. The work in the Madrid testbed, one of the 4 large testbeds defined in OpenQKD project (, will be in cooperation with Telefónica, the major telecommunication provider in Spain and RedIMadrid, the network provider for all research institutions in the Madrid region. The position is for three years, extensible up to four.

Send you application to by 5:00 pm on Tuesday the 31st of March 2020.