I am pleased to welcome you to the Serra Húnter Programme (SHP) website.
The SHP is a tool at the service of the Catalan university system, jointly promoted by the Government of Catalonia and the seven Catalan public universities (the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Technical University of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University, the University of Lleida, the University of Girona and Rovira i Virgili University).
The SHP has been designed to promote the hiring of professors with consolidated academic records, comparable to international standards, by the aforementioned universities. It is also an instrument that aims to make the renewal of faculty easier for universities, to foster internationalisation and to improve academic production. Between 2012 and 2020, the SHP will offer around 500 new contracts, thus helping consolidate the improvement of the research done in the Catalan universities.
Through a selection process based on an independent assessment of scientific talent and an evaluation of the previous academic experience, the SHP hires faculty from both Catalonia and around the world, and aims to appoint not just academics who have been trained in the Catalan university system, but also researchers who have been trained abroad.
Internationalisation, the quest for excellence and national and international cooperation are intrinsic features of the SHP. We hope that this website will prove to be an efficient tool for all applicants and that it will help make your application task easier. Here you will find all the latest information, and you will be able to make queries and apply for positions offered under the Programme.
Academic Director of the Serra Húnter Programme
Josep Domingo-Ferrer (Sabadell, 1965) is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and an ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Catalonia. Since 1996 he has led the research group CRISES-Security and Privacy at URV. Since 2007, he holds the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy. He received a degree in Computer Science (1988, Outstanding Graduation Award) and a PhD in Computer Science (1991) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also holds a degree in Mathematics.
His research interests are in data privacy, data security, statistical disclosure control and cryptographic protocols, with a focus on the conciliation of privacy, security and functionality. In these areas he has authored 5 patents and over 370 articles in journals, conferences and books.
In January 2016 he was elected a Fellow of Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the Catalan national academy. In 2014 he received a Google Faculty Research Award. He has twice won the ICREA Acadèmia Award (2008 and 2013). In 2013 he was made a distinguished professor by Universitat Rovira i Virgili. In 2012 he was decorated by the Government of Catalonia with the “Narcís Monturiol” Medal to scientific merit. Also in 2012 he was made an Elected Member of Academia Europaea and of the International Statistical Institute. In 2011 he was elevated to Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Between 2007 and 2008 he was a co-recipient of four entrepreneurship awards. In 2004, he received the TOYPS’2004 Award from the Junior Chambers of Catalonia. In 2003 he was co-recipient of the Salvà and Campillo research prize, awarded by the Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineers of Catalonia-ACET.
Since Dec. 15, 2015 he is the Academic Director of the Serra Húnter Program, Government of Catalonia, aimed at attracting talented faculty to the public universities in Catalonia.