Open PhD Position

PhD in a High-Performance Secure Internet

The traditional architecture of the Internet leaves its corporate and individual users vulnerable to potent security threats that are increasingly exploited by various actors. As the economic, social, and political toll of these intrinsic architectural vulnerabilities mounts, there is a strong need for a new Internet architecture that provides security by design while sustaining and improving on the inter-domain performance of the current Internet, e.g., by supporting disjoint multi-path inter-domain routing.

Prof. Sergey Gorinsky’s Network Economics Group at IMDEA Networks Institute solicits applications for the position of a PhD Student who will work toward realizing the vision of the High-Performance Secure Internet. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Adrian Perrig’s Network Security Group at ETH Zurich in the context of the SCION project. The research will involve data-driven analysis of the Internet ecosystem, its relevant players, and their incentives in order to understand and promote the deployment of the High-Performance Secure Internet. The work will leverage the student’s skills and interests in using pertinent methods, such as machine learning.

IMDEA Networks Institute is a networking research institute with a multinational team engaged in cutting-edge science. As a prominent English-speaking institute located in Madrid, IMDEA Networks offers both a unique opportunity for pioneering researchers to develop their ideas and an exceptionally high quality of living in the Spanish capital. Our PhD Students hold salaried positions for up to five years in the institute and formally earn their PhD degrees at top international universities.

An ideal applicant has the following profile:

  • Master's degree in computer science or a related field;
  • Excellent academic transcripts;
  • Strong command of verbal and written English;
  • Solid background in mathematics, algorithms, and hands-on programming;
  • Passionate interest in a lifelong research career.

The selection process places an explicit priority on improving gender balance in science and technology. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Prof. Sergey Gorinsky will supervise the position. For more information about this opportunity, feel free to contact him at

To apply, please fill out the online form at, choosing "PhD Student positions [2020]" and identifying Sergey Gorinsky as the preferred supervisor in the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 December 2019 at 14:00 CET.