Doing a PhD at IIIA-CSIC

Around 100 students have carried our their PhD studies at IIIA-CSIC, and we are currently supervising 15 PhD students, all working on various topics of artificial intelligence. You can learn more about our research here; and to have an idea of where do our PhD students end up working after graduating, just scroll down. 

To do your PhD at IIIA-CSIC, you first need to get an offer from IIIA (more info on how to apply below). With such an offer, you can then register for a PhD program at the university of your choice. 

We note that IIIA-CSIC belongs to the Spanish National Research Council, which is not a higher education organisation. As such, we do not grant PhD degrees. Our doctoral students get their degree by enrolling in a PhD programme of some university, but they get hosted at IIIA-CSIC and supervised by our researchers. Concerning which university to choose, we are relatively neutral regarding the PhD programme our students decide to register to, provided the university allows that the supervision and research is carried out at IIIA-CSIC. Most of our students have obtained their PhD degree form the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), since our institute is located on UAB's main campus and our staff is listed as academic tutors and PhD supervisors of its PhD programme in Computer Science.

For questions about our PhD studies or the application process, please get in touch with Marco Schorlemmer.

Potential PhD Topics

A holistic recommender system for behaviour change throughout the 4 pillars of health

Supervision: Dr. Josep Lluís Arcos
Funding: The 'Vicente López' private grant for PhDs

Diversity-Aware Interaction Models
Supervision: Dr. Nardine Osman and Dr. Marco Schorlemmer

Funding: WeNet project 

Embodied Cognition and AI
Supervision: Dr. Marco Schorlemmer and Prof. Enric Plaza
Funding: DIVERSIS project

Funding Opportunities: Contracts, Scholarships, and Grants

IIIA-CSIC funds its PhD students through its research projects. In such cases, open positions are advertised based upon the availability of funding. Students, however, can also apply for scholarships and grants. We list some of these possible funding opportunities below.

Open PhD positions in our current research projects:

NL4XAI, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

Grants from AGAUR, Generalitat de Catalunya:

FI, Ajuts per a la contractació de personal investigador novell

DI, Ajuts a Doctorats Industrials

Grants from Gobierno de España:

FPU, Programa de Formación de Profesorado Universitario

DI, Ayudas para contratos para la formación de doctores en empresas “Doctores Industriales”

FPI, Ayuda para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores

Grants from private entities:

INPhINIT, Obra Social de “La Caixa”

'Vicente López', Eurecat

Recent IIIA Graduates

Joan Capdevila (UPC, 2019), Machine Learning Engineer at ZOE, London

Francisco Cruz (UAB, 2018), CTO at Interficie Internet Services & Chief Administrator at IJCAI

Ewa Andrejczuk (UAB, 2018), Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Paula Chocrón (UAB, 2018), Machine Learning Researcher at Hutoma, Barcelona

Xavier Ferrer Aran (UAB, 2017), Research Associate en King's College London

Francisco Salas Molina (UPV, 2017), Associate Professor at Universitat de Valencia, R&D + IT

Pedro Pinacho Davidson (UPV, 2016), Académico en Departamento de Ingeniería Informática y Ciencias de la Computación - Universidad de Concepción

Jesús Giráldez-Cru (UAB, 2016), Postdoctoral Researcher (Juan de la Cierva) at Universidad de Granada

Javier Morales (UB, 2016)

Dave de Jonge (UAB, 2015), Postdoctoral Researcher at IIIA-CSIC

Daniel Abril (UAB, 2015), Data Scientist and Privacy Technologist at Huawei

Arturo Ribes (UAB, 2015), CEO/CTO en WeAR Technologies

Amanda Vidal (UB, 2015), Postdoctoral Fellow at Czech Academy of Sciences

Laia Subirats (UAB, 2015), Researcher at Eurecat

Applying for a PhD

You can apply for a PhD at IIIA-CSIC by registering to our student database. This will allow you to be considered for both current and prospective open positions. This will also add your email to the prospective students' mailing list, allowing you to receive information about any funding opportunities that may arise.