One PhD position is available at the Computer Architecture Group in the University of A Coruña (Spain)



PhD position available

One PhD position is available at the Computer Architecture Group (GAC:, in the University of A Coruña (Spain), within the fields of bioinformatics and cloud computing. The project in which the applicant will be integrated aims to solve challenging problems on global optimization in computational biology and bioinformatics through the proposal of new parallel metaheuristics and their implementation for cloud environments.


The candidate will be provided with a one-year contract, extendable (based on the progress of the candidate) up to 3 years offering the chance to obtain a PhD qualification. This contract includes full social security coverage and a net salary competitive for living standards in a city as A Coruña (on the range 22000€-25000€).

The well-trained HPC scientists emerging from GAC are in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary training our graduates are in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry.


The required profile is that of a degree in computer engineer or computer science with good academic records, although other profiles with adequate training on the field of the project, such as mathematics or physics, would be also considered.


We are looking for a candidate with good programming skills, especially (although not limited to) Scala and/or Java. Knowledge of functional programming will be also valued. Previous experience/knowledge of distributed frameworks (such as Hadoop, Spark, etc.) and parallel libraries (such as MPI, OpenMP, OpenCL, etc.), though not required, will be also welcome. A good command of English (written and spoken) is required.


The selection procedure is open now and will be maintained opened until the position is covered. The starting date is flexible, but preferred ASAP.


If you are interested in this position and want to have more details about it, please contact Patricia González ( including the reference PhD_call. For the formal application, the following documents will be required:

– CV

– Academic transcript of courses followed and grades obtained

– Brief letter describing your motivation and previous experience

About nesus

Jesus Carretero is a Full Professor of Computer Architecture and Technology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), where he is responsible for that knowledge area since 2000. He is also Director of the Master in Administration and Management of Computer Systems, which he founded in 2004. He also serves and has served as a Technology Advisor and in applied projects with several companies such as RENFE, EADS, INDRA, SIEMENS or ISOLUX, developing research and innovation projects. He is a project reviewer for Spanish research ministry and also European Union. His research activity is centered on high-performance computing systems, distributed systems and real-time systems. He has participated and leaded several national and international research projects in these areas, founded by Madrid Regional Government, Spanish Education Ministry and the European union. He was teaching in Facultad de Informática of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) since 1989 until 1997. In 1997 and 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the NorthWestern University of Chicago (Ill, USA), where he was researching with Prof. Alok Choudhary. He works currently at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he has been teaching since 2000. Carretero is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and member of the ACM.