International Association for Cryptologic Research

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Associate Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow)
University of Wollongong, Australia
We are seeking an Associate Research Fellow to join our team through support from the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, focusing on "Cryptographic Group Actions". This research-only opportunity requires proficiency in cryptography research, particularly in post-quantum cryptography, group actions, and security proofs. The Institute of Cybersecurity and Cryptology is a premier research institute that conducts research in cybersecurity and cryptology. The institute was awarded the Excellence of Research Assessment with score 5 for cryptography research. Please apply online only (not via email). Selection criteria is available online via the link below.
Contact: Prof Willy Susilo
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-05

Senior Web Service Java Software Engineer for Trust Provisioning (m/f/d)
NXP
Key Responsibilities: • Design and implementation of secure web services for key and data distribution • Design and implementation of unit and integration tests for automated test execution in CI/CD pipelines, including quality aspects • Contributing to architectural and security concepts to ensure end-to-end protection of sensitive key material and data Your Profile: • University degree in computer science, software engineering, security, telematics, mathematics, or equivalent • Experience in software engineering, seasoned Java developer, 3+ years • Familiar with Java Spring Boot • Experience in (embedded) C development • Familiar with security and cryptography • Interested in implementing and testing reliable, high-secure, high-throughput services • Familiar with SQL and NoSQL databases (nice to have) • Familiar with containerization including orchestration (Kubernetes and Docker) (nice to have) • Familiar with Maven Build System and Jenkins Build Automation (nice to have) • Structured approach towards complex software challenges • Self-organized and team-oriented • Solid English communication skills (oral and written) • Open-minded and communicative Ready to create a smarter world? Join the future of Innovation. Join NXP. Apply online!
Contact: Kerstin Krauss
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-04

PhD Student
TU Wien
TU Wien is Austria's largest institution of research and higher education in the fields of technology and natural sciences. With over 26,000 students and more than 4000 scientists, research, teaching, and learning dedicated to the advancement of science and technology have been conducted here for more than 200 years, guided by the motto "Technology for People". As a driver of innovation, TU Wien fosters close collaboration with business and industry and contributes to the prosperity of society.

At the Institute of Logic and Computation, in the Research Unit of Security and Privacy (in the upcoming Research Unit Privacy Enhanced Technologies) at TU Wien is offering two 40hours/week positions as university assistant (prae-doc) limited to expected 4 years. Expected start: September 2024

Tasks:
- Research in the area of privacy enhancing technologies, cryptocurrencies, and (applied) cryptography
- Teaching tasks (exercises and exams), student guidance
- Teaching in German and English is expected
- Assistance with thesis supervision
- Scientific publishing (journal and conference papers, dissertation) - Participation in scientific events
- Assistance with organizational and administrative tasks


Your profile: - Completion of a master or diploma curriculum in one of these fields: computer Science, math, or smilar fields
- Knowledge of privacy-enhancing technologies, such as cryptography, differential privacy, and related areas.
- Very good skills in German and English communication and writing Interest in academic research and teaching
- Advanced problem solving skills and scientific curiosity
- Team player with very good communication skills


We offer: A highly visible and connected international research group A broad range of opportunities in a thriving research area Hybrid working style with home office option A range of attractive social benefits (see Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien) Internal and external training opportunities, various career options Central location of workplace as well as good accessibility (U1/U4 Karlsplatz)
Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dominique Schröder dominique.schroeder@tuwien.ac.at
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-04

Postdoc in Cryptography
Aalto University, Finland

We are looking for postdocs interested in working with us (Chris Brzuska and Russell W. F. Lai) on topics including but not limited to:

  • Lattice-based cryptography, with special focus on the design, application, and analysis of non-standard lattice assumptions
  • Succinct and/or zero-knowledge proof and argument systems
  • Advanced (e.g. homomorphic, attribute-based, functional, laconic) encryption and (e.g. ring, group, threshold, blind) signature schemes
  • Fine-grained cryptography (e.g. against bounded-space-time adversaries)
  • Lower bounds and impossibility results

For questions about the topics, feel free to drop us an email to discuss.

For more details about the position, and for the instructions of how to apply, please refer to https://www.hiit.fi/ict-community-postdoctoral-researcher-positions/.

Contact:
  • For the position: Chris Brzuska, Russell W. F. Lai
  • For the recruiting system: HIIT coordinator (see link above)

Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-03

Research Fellow in Public Key Cryptanalysis
University of Surrey
Fixed Term Contract until 30/06/2025 (with a possible extension) Salary: £36,024 to £41,732 per annum depending on experience

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, to start as soon as possible, to work on the EPSRC-funded project “PKC-Sec: Security Analysis of Classical and Post-Quantum Public Key Cryptography Assumptions”. Based within the Computer Science Research Centre, and the highly regarded Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), the post-holder will be responsible for conducting research into three areas mentioned below, working alongside Dr Granger, and in collaboration with the official project partners, the Ethereum Foundation, PQShield and K.U. Leuven.

The aim of the project is to research and develop algorithms for solving computational problems that are foundational to the security of public key cryptography, both now and in the future. In particular, it will study:

- The discrete logarithm problem in finite fields of fixed characteristic, for which an efficient classical algorithm is potentially on the horizon;
- The security of the Legendre pseudo-random function, which is extremely well suited for multi-party computation and is used in the proof of custody construction within Ethereum, but is not so well-studied;
- The security of supersingular isogeny-based post-quantum cryptography, which although a relatively young field offers many very promising applications.

Due to their nature, any cryptographic assumptions based on mathematical constructions are potentially weaker than currently believed, and the project will deepen our understanding and assess the hardness of these natural and fundamental problems.

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD (gained or near completion), or equivalent professional experience in computer science or a related subject in the technical areas relevant to the envisioned research.

For informal inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Robert Granger.
Contact: r.granger@surrey.ac.uk
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-03

Security and Network Engineering Education Technical Coordinator
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Have you always thrived in a classroom, being close to students? Do you want to be part of a Top Security and Network Engineering master program? Are you interested in developing laboratories in CyberSecurity and Computer Network courses? Do you want to work closely with word-class researchers and support them in connecting to our students? The University of Amsterdam is looking for an Education Officer to support the coordination and infrastructure of our security and network engineering studies.
Contact: Kostas Papagiannopoulos - k.papagiannopoulos@uva.nl
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-07-02

Post-Doc
IRIF, Université de Paris Cité; Paris, France
The Algorithms & Complexity team at IRIF is inviting applications for several fully-funded postdoctoral positions (1-2 years) to work on cryptography. Areas of interest include but are not limited to, zero-knowledge proofs, secure computation, post-quantum cryptography, foundations of cryptography, connections with complexity theory, confidential transactions, and anonymous credentials. The candidate will work alongside Geoffroy Couteau and Michele Orrù.

Required qualifications: The ideal candidate for the postdoc position will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in cryptography and be an expert in any of the areas of interest.
Salary: €3080 to €4291 gross monthly salary depending on the experience of the candidate
Dates: The starting date is flexible, starting October 2024.
Contact: algocomp-apply@irif.fr
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-06-30

Ph.D. student
University of Edinburgh
One fully funded PhD position is available to work with Dr Alexandru Cojocaru in quantum cryptography and post-quantum cryptography at the University of Edinburgh, in the School of Informatics.
The position will be part of our research group, Quantum Software Lab which currently consists of more than 40 members, including eight faculty (Prof Elham Kashefi, Prof Chris Heunen, Dr Petros Wallden, Dr Myrto Arapinis, Dr Raul Garcia-Patron, Dr Mina Doosti, Dr Oliver Brown, Dr Alexandru Cojocaru). For more information, please contact a.cojocaru@ed.ac.uk with a CV and a short (up to 1 page) statement of research interests. The PhD position will have the expected starting date 1st October 2024, but later starting dates are negotiable. Candidates should apply by the 15th of July 2024, but are encouraged to reach out as early as possible. For a more detailed description, please see below.
Candidate’s profile. Applicants are expected to have (or about to obtain) a Master’s degree or equivalent (e.g., a First Class Honours) in Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics. Outstanding candidates with a Bachelor’s degree (without a Master’s) will also be considered. A strong background in the theory of quantum computation, quantum information theory, cryptography or closely related fields is highly desirable.
Studentship and eligibility. Full time PhD tuition fees for a student with a Home or Overseas fee status; A tax free stipend of £19,237 per year for 3.5 years;
Research Environment. The School of Informatics at University of Edinburgh is one of the largest in Europe and currently the top Informatics institute in UK for research power, with 40% of its research outputs considered world-leading (top grade). University of Edinburgh is constantly ranked among the world’s top universities (among the top 20 Universities in the world in computer science) and is a highly international environment with several centres of excellence.
Contact: a.cojocaru@ed.ac.uk
Last updated: 2024-07-05 posted on 2024-06-27

2 Faculty Positions in Computer Security and Privacy
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
The School of Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC | Chile), one of the leading engineering academic institutions in Latin America and ranked among the top four emerging leaders for engineering education worldwide, invites outstanding candidates for two faculty positions to form a new group in Computer Security and Privacy.
Admission to UC | Chile is highly competitive and we consistently admit the top students in the country. Among computer science students, there is a growing interest in computer security and privacy, with multiple student-led activities such as talks, seminars, cybersecurity training workshops, and tournaments.
The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Deliver high-quality teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Conduct independent research.
  • Engage in knowledge transfer, outreach, and university administrative tasks.
  • Conduct teaching, research, and technological innovation activities in Computer Security and Privacy
  • Develop a strong externally funded research program, support doctoral programs, and teach three courses per year.
    Applicants must:
  • Hold a Ph.D., preferably in Computer Science, or have demonstrable expertise in the field.
  • Be willing to collaborate with other departments within the School of Engineering.
  • Be prepared to learn Spanish well enough to teach in the language within two years (English proficiency is required).
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to academic life and the public good of the institution.
  • Show a high motivation to continuously improve teaching skills.
  • Have a genuine interest in engaging with graduate programs, particularly the doctoral program.
  • Develop and maintain an active research agenda leading to high-quality publications, secure research grants, generate and participate in interdisciplinary projects, lead scientific and industry-liaison initiatives, and strengthen and create national and international academic networks.
  • Contact: Applicants should submit the documents requested in https://www.ing.uc.cl/en/trabaja-con-nosotros/areas-to-apply-2/ to vacantes-academicas@ing.puc.cl (please indicate "Faculty Position in Computer Security and Privacy" in the email subject line)
    Last updated: 2024-06-26 posted on 2024-06-26

    Post-Doc in Cryptography with Applications to FinTech and Privacy
    University of Luxembourg
    The successful candidate will join the CryptoLux team led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a research project entitled "Advanced Cryptography for Finance and Privacy (CryptoFin)", which is funded by the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) through the CORE program. Candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:
    • Applied or symmetric cryptography
    • Blockchain cryptography, cryptoeconomics
    • Anonymity and privacy on the Internet
    The main responsibility of the successful candidate would be to:
    • Conduct, publish and present research results at conferences
    • Collaborate with the two Ph.D. students of the project
    • Attract funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners
    Deadline for applications: 31-July 2024. Starting date: 1-November-2024
    Contact: http://emea3.mrted.ly/3p6l5
    Last updated: 2024-06-24 posted on 2024-06-24

    Ph.D. Thesis on Efficient Secure Multi-Party Computation
    Bosch Research, Renningen, Germany
    Bosch Research is developing an open source cloud platform (https://carbynestack.io) for computing on encrypted data using Secure Multi-party Computation (MPC). Potential use cases include, but are not limited to, Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and Privacy-Preserving Data Analytics. For such large computations on big data, active secure MPC becomes quite expensive. Bosch Research is therefore trying to reduce the computational and communication costs of MPC by optimizing the underlying cryptographic primitives and protocols.

    Thus, we are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a strong background in applied cryptography and preferably also MPC. The candidates should meet the following requirements:

    • Education: Hold an M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) with excellent grades in IT security or computer science.
    • Experience and Knowledge: Strong background in (applied) cryptography with a particular focus on cryptographic protocols/MPC, including security models and basic security proof techniques. Good software development/programming skills.
    • Personality and Working Practice: Self-motivated and enthusiastic, independent, reliable, creative, and able to work in an international team with diverse background.
    • Language: Fluent English language skills.

    If the above requirements apply to you, you are welcome to read on. The successful candidate will:
    • become a part of the team and advance research on MPC.
    • develop novel approaches to improve the practical efficiency of actively secure MPC protocols.
    • design efficient MPC protocols for diverse use-cases.
    • publish and present the results in top-tier journals and at conferences.
    The position is based at the Bosch Research Campus in Renningen, Germany, fully funded for three years, no teaching duties, 30 days of anual vacation, and the usual benefits.

    Please submit your application, including your CV, transcripts of records from your Master studies, and a cover letter including your research background and research interest, via: https://smrtr.io/hmG3C
    Contact: Formal applications must be submitted through: https://smrtr.io/hmG3C
    Last updated: 2024-06-24 posted on 2024-06-24

    PhD student
    Monash University
    We are looking for a strong candidate that would be interested in pursuing a PhD on privacy-preserving machine learning at Monash University (a world top 50 university) in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia (frequently ranked among the top 10 cities to live in the world). Contact: rafael.dowsley@monash.edu
    Contact: Rafael Dowsley
    Last updated: 2024-06-24 posted on 2024-06-23

    Engineering Consulting Position
    SandboxAQ
    We have an Engineering consultancy position available at SandboxAQ [1]. We seek people interested in software development of research results in the areas of (post-quantum) cryptography or privacy. In particular, we are looking for a developer with experience in C/C++, Rust and/or Go, preferably with experience in cryptographic development or privacy enhancing technologies. The ideal candidate would also have experience with embedded systems, cryptographic protocols, Bazel, Docker, OCaml or GraphQL. Typical projects include but are not limited to: including/modifying cryptography in existing protocols (e.g. FIDO2) and ensuring the result is production grade, implementing cryptography in constrained environments or dedicated hardware, implementing advanced cryptographic primitives, etc. Learn more about what we’ve been doing so far by checking out our publications page [2]. The position is remote, but allows for travel to collaborate with team members. The position is available as part-time (minimum 20 hours week) or full-time. If you are interested please contact nina.bindel@sandboxaq.com (including your CV). We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where we have zero tolerance for discrimination. [1] www.sandboxaq.com [2] pub.sandboxaq.com
    Contact: nina.bindel@sandboxaq.com
    Last updated: 2024-06-20 posted on 2024-06-20

    Postdoc/PhD student
    Graz University of Technology
    Join our Cryptographic Engineering research team at the Technical University of Graz (TU Graz) in Austria! We are seeking a one PhD / one postdoctoral researchers.


    You will contribute to an exciting research project advancing isogeny-based cryptography. This role offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading experts in the field and perform cutting-edge research.

    The Cryptographic Engineering research team is based at IAIK, TU Graz, the largest university institute in Austria for research and education in security and privacy. It has been active in this field for more than 30 years and currently employs more than 60 researchers.

    Required Qualifications for PhD position: The ideal candidate for the PhD position will hold a master's degree with project experience in the implementation aspects (e.g., efficient implementation, side-channel analysis, fault analysis, etc.) of cryptography, preferably in isogeny-based cryptography.

    Required Qualifications for Postdoc position: The ideal candidate for the postdoc position will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in cryptography and be an expert in isogeny-based cryptography and/or secure implementation aspects of cryptography.

    How to apply: Submit your applications, CV, and other documents before 31st July, 2024.
    https://jobs.tugraz.at/en/jobs/bbba0417-7a9c-69a5-f012-6613bd4b383f/apply?preview=true

    Contact: Prof. Sujoy Sinha Roy
    Last updated: 2024-06-20 posted on 2024-06-20

    Postdoc Position in Post-quantum Key Exchange Protocols
    University of Isfahan, Department of Computer Engineering, Isfahan, Iran
    We are seeking an exceptional candidate for a 1-year postdoctoral position in Post-quantum Key Exchange Protocols, offering a competitive salary of at least the salary a fresh Associate Professor receives from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Iran. The University of Isfahan (UI) is one of the top, ranked A, universities in Iran. It is one of the pioneer universities in Iran which has admitted MSc and PhD students in the Cyber security and Secure Computation discipline for the last two decades. If you are interested in the position, please send an email including your CV and transcripts to h.mala@eng.ui.ac.ir. As the position should be filled as soon as possible, your application will be considered promptly.
    Contact: Dr. Hamid Mala (h.mala@eng.ui.ac.ir)
    Last updated: 2024-06-18 posted on 2024-06-18

    Postdoc in {Lattice-Based, Class-Group-Based, Threshold} Cryptography
    LIRMM, Montpellier, France
    We have a full-time two-years post-doc position available. The recruited person will have the possibility to do research in cryptography. More precisely, we are searching for someone interested in cryptography based on lattice problems and/or class group problems. Moreover, we would like to investigate further threshold solutions for both classes of problems.

    The recruited person will be part of the very welcoming ECO research group. Given the topic, the postdoc will be most likely collaborating with Katharina Boudgoust and Fabien Laguillaumie, but there are also other interesting research fields represented in the team: side-channel analysis, coding theory, computer algebra, information-theoretic cryptography.

    We are preferably looking for a candidate with experience in designing public-key primitives. It is not mandatory to have prior knowledge on lattice-based or class-group-based cryptography. The postdoc could be your opportunity to learn about those exciting topics! It goes without saying (but we still write it, to be sure) that we are welcoming everyone, independent of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, health status, or disability. We promote a friendly, safe, and supporting work environment.

    The deadline for applying is August 15th 2024. The starting date is flexible between October 2024 and January 2025.

    Please send an e-mail to Katharina and Fabien, including your CV, at least one paragraph on why you want to work with us, as well as the name of one person who we can contact for an informal recommendation.

    Contact: Katharina Boudgoust (katharina.boudgoust@lirmm.fr) Fabien Laguillaumie (fabien.laguillaumie@lirmm.fr)
    Last updated: 2024-06-18 posted on 2024-06-13

    Postdoc Position in Cryptography: Social Foundations of Cryptography
    King's College London

    The candidate will work alongside Prof. Martin Albrecht, Dr. Benjamin Dowling, Dr. Rikke Bjerg Jensen (Royal Holloway University of London) and Dr. Andrea Medrado (Exeter) on establishing social foundations of cryptography in protest settings. In particular, the candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of cryptographers (Dowling, Albrecht) and ethnographers (Jensen, Medrado) to understand the security needs of participants in protests, to formalise these needs as cryptographic security notions and to design or analyse cryptographic solutions with respect to these notions.

    This position is part of the EPSRC-funded project “Social Foundations of Cryptography” and more information is available at https://social-foundations-of-cryptography.gitlab.io/.

    In brief, ethnography is a social science method involving prolonged fieldwork, i.e. staying with the group under study, to observe not only what they say but also what their social reality and practice is. In this project, we are putting cryptography at the mercy of ethnographic findings, allowing them to shape what we model.

    Contact: Martin Albrecht <martin.albrecht@kcl.ac.uk>
    Last updated: 2024-06-13 posted on 2024-06-12

    PhD Studentship in Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (Cryptography and Federated Learning)
    Newcastle University
    Are you interested in devising private-enhancing technologies and cryptographic protocols?

    Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), such as Secure Multi-party Computation (MPC) and Federated Learning (FL) allow parties to collaboratively analyze a collection of data partitions where each data partition is contributed by a different party (such as banks, or law enforcement agencies).

    Two facts about most PETs exist: (i) often the output of PETs reveals some information about the parties’ private input sets (i.e., the computation result in FL or MPC), and (ii) various variants of PETs do not output the result to all parties, even in those PETs that do, not all of the parties are necessarily interested in it. Given these facts, a natural question arises: How can we incentivize parties that do not receive the result or do not express interest in it to participate in PETs?

    This project aims to develop new PETs that incentivize participants to share their sensitive data by fairly rewarding them. Additionally, the project aims to ensure these PETs remain secure even when adversaries compromise some parties. The Secure and Resilient Systems research group (and possibly Edge AI Hub) will host the successful candidate at the Urban Science Building, Newcastle University.

    Eligibility Criteria:

  • The studentship covers fees at the UK rate. International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between UK and International fees.
  • Candidate must have a strong background in math and computer programming (e.g., C++, Python, or Java).
  • You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in computer science, cybersecurity, mathematics, or software engineering.
  • Further Information: For more information and instructions on how to apply take a look at this webpage:

    https://shorturl.at/PGX3Z

    Contact: Dr Aydin Abadi
    Last updated: 2024-06-11 posted on 2024-06-10

    PhD Student in Cryptography
    IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid, Spain

    The IMDEA Software Institute invites applications for a PhD student in the area of Cryptography. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dario Fiore on constructions and applications of cryptographic protocols for secure computation. Topics of particular interest include: zero-knowledge proofs, succinct proof systems and verifiable computation, computation on encrypted data.

    Who should apply? The ideal candidates have earned (or are in their last year of) a Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related discipline, and have a background in Cryptography. Experience in research or implementation of cryptographic protocols will be considered a plus.

    Working at IMDEA Software: Ranked among the Europe's top research institutes in Security and Cryptography, the IMDEA Software Institute offers an inspiring and dynamic collaborative environment with a focus on foundations and applications of cryptography. The Institute is located in the vibrant city of Madrid. The institute provides a competitive salary and funding for research-related travel. The working language at the institute is English.

    Dates: The position will span the entire duration of doctoral studies. The starting date is flexible from October 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15th, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

    For further information about the application: https://software.imdea.org/careers/2024-06-phd-picocrypt/
    Contact: Dario Fiore (dario.fiore (at) imdea.org)
    Last updated: 2024-06-08 posted on 2024-06-07

    Postdoc (blockchain)
    University of Sydney
    We are seeking an exceptional candidate for a 2-year postdoctoral position in blockchain research, offering a competitive salary of AU$116,679 per annum plus 17% superannuation. Established in 1850, The University of Sydney (USYD) holds the distinction of being the oldest university in Australia and Oceania. It is ranked 18th globally in the QS World University Rankings 2025, and its Computer Science is ranked the top in Australia (QS 2024). Visit the link below for more details and application instructions.
    Contact: Jiangshan Yu
    Last updated: 2024-06-07 posted on 2024-06-07

    Applied Cryptographer
    Zircuit

    As an applied cryptographer, you’ll be pushing the boundaries of cryptographic knowledge along with the Zircuit core research team. You will work together with Zircuit’s elite and tight-knit team to tackle new theoretical problems using cryptography and apply existing cryptographic systems in innovative ways.

    Zircuit’s cryptographic problems mainly revolve around zero knowledge proofs (zk-SNARK specifically). We do not expect mastery in all zero knowledge proof systems, but mastery in at least one is required. You should have a strong theoretical background and be comfortable reading and writing code.

    If this sounds like you, then we highly encourage you to apply!

    Expertise

  • Mastery of at least one zk-SNARK/zk-STARK proof system
  • Ability to code and develop software. Experience in least one major programming language and familiarity with versioning software
  • Ability to read and interpret academic papers
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively and bridge the gap between theory and practice
  • Nice to have - familiarity with Circom for writing zero knowledge circuits
  • Nice to have - familiarity with existing designs of zero knowledge applications in blockchain.

    Compensation & Perks

  • A competitive salary that matches your experience, plus performance bonuses and token grants
  • Work from anywhere, 100% remote, and flexible working hours
  • Generous paid time off, including maternity/paternity leave
  • Retirement/pension plan
  • Free gym membership, or any virtual alternative of your choice
  • Join all-expenses-paid retreats in exotic/exclusive locations with the team
  • Contact: candidate-upload-to-job-rlPL6O4rdXfOvml@inbox.ashbyhq.com
    Last updated: 2024-06-03 posted on 2024-05-31

    Assistant Professor in Verification of Cryptographic Implementations
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    We have an opening for an Assistant Professor in Verification of Cryptographic Implementations. We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague to strengthen our team and complement our research and teaching activities. We conduct research in many applied as well as theoretical areas of cryptology. Our team is especially known for our contributions to post-quantum cryptography. We provide an excellent environment for collaboration and support each other in continuous growth as scholars.
    We are looking for:
    • A team player,
    • holding a PhD in an area related to cryptography or formal methods,
    • experienced in doing high quality research, demonstrated, for example, by publications in top tier venues on cryptography, security, or formal methods,
    • that is also interested in teaching students about their research.
    We offer:
    • A fun team, open for collaborations,
    • supporting you in applying for personal grants, and growing into the role of a professor,
    • with a large network for collaborations in academia and industry,
    • providing funding for a first PhD student and travel, and
    • employment conditions of a Dutch university (including two additional salaries per year and 40+ vacation days).
    For questions, please reach out to Andreas Hülsing.
    Contact: Andreas Hülsing (a.t.huelsing at tue.nl)
    Last updated: 2024-05-31 posted on 2024-05-30

    Cryptography & Cybersecurity Consultant
    DigicomAI
    Part-Time / Remote

    DigicomAI is focused on building next-generation digital communications and information security technology. Our advanced AI capabilities are designed to automate network management decision-making, harden networks, and enable cross-cloud control without the need for human intervention. By leveraging our technology, organizations can improve network performance, increase operating efficiency, and reduce resource expenditures.

    Role Description

    We are seeking a part-time consultant (remote) to provide Cryptography & Cybersecurity services in support of technology research, design, implementation and general corporate governance. You will be responsible for providing expertise and guidance on cryptography and cybersecurity principles, trends and best practices. Your project-based tasks will involve conducting information security assessments, ensuring application security, researching and advising product developers on cryptography techniques and engineering recommendations. You will also help keep the company up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies.

    Qualifications

    - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance skills
    - Experience in Applied Cryptography Engineering
    - Vulnerability Assessment knowledge
    - Expertise in Application Security and Network Security
    - Understanding of risk assessment and risk management
    - International industry experience (Europe, Middle East or Australia preferred)
    - Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
    - Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    - Ability to work independently and remotely
    - Relevant Information Security and Cryptographic certifications (CISSP, etc)
    - Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or a related field

    Additional

    This is an ideal position for an experienced cybersecurity and cryptography engineer who wants to contribute their expertise to cutting-edge technology development projects. We offer a fully-remote, asynchronous schedule tailored to the specific needs of the Consultant.

    Contact: Ted Runkle (Venture Advisor)
    Last updated: 2024-05-28 posted on 2024-05-28

    PhD student
    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    The Center for Security and Privacy at the School of Computer Science of the University of Birmingham has an open PhD position in post-quantum cryptography. The supervision will be shared by Rishiraj Bhattacharyya and Christophe Petit. We invite applications from candidates with interests in Cryptography and Computer Algebra. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or a related area.

    The primary research theme for the call is in the foundations and cryptanalysis of post-quantum cryptosystems. The exact projects could be tailored to match the candidate's background and interests.

    The review of applications will start immediately and the call remains open until September 2024. For more information, please reach out to Rishiraj (r.bhattacharyya@bham.ac.uk) and Christophe (c.petit.1@bham.ac.uk).
    Contact: Rishiraj Bhattacharyya (r.bhattacharyya@bham.ac.uk) and Christophe Petit (c.petit.1@bham.ac.uk)
    Last updated: 2024-05-28 posted on 2024-05-27

    PhD Student
    University of New South Wales
    Remote and embedded devices are the lynchpin of modern networks. Satellites, Aircraft, Remote Sensors and Drones all require numerous embedded devices to function. A key part of ensuring these devices remain ready to carry out operations is to ensure their memory has not been corrupted by an adversary. In this project we will explore methods for securing remote devices using early generation quantum computers. These have the ability to work with one or two qubits at a time, and operate with very limited quantum memory, but they still provide access to valuable quantum effects which can be used for security. The successful student will have an interest in both cyber-security and quantum computing, with a willingness to explore the mathematics needed to exploit quantum algorithms. The student needs to be a domestic Australian, but could be based in either Sydney or Canberra.
    Contact: Jesse Laeuchli(j.laeuchli at unsw.edu.au)
    Last updated: 2024-05-24 posted on 2024-05-22

    Senior Cryptographer Engineer
    Copper.co
    The Key Management team at Copper is tasked with developing the core components of Copper’s custodial solution. This entails the constructions of tools and services essential for secure storage and transfer of digital assets. A focal point of the team’s responsibilities includes developing and integrating MPC-based cryptographic signature algorithms.

    Key Responsibilities of the role

  • You will conduct cryptography literature review, select relevant papers, and produce a specification and pseudocode from the paper(s). If situation demands it, you will produce original peer-reviewed research in close collaboration with academia.
  • You will implement cryptography specifications into secure, production-level code.
  • You will integrate cryptography primitives into Copper’s internal MPC framework.
  • You will participate in the design and implementation of Copper’s next generation MPC framework.
  • You will interact with auditors and academia, as well as cryptographers on the client side.
  • You will provide cryptography support for other Copper development teams.

    Your experience, skills and knowledge

    This role is right for you if:

  • You have a strong foundation in modern/provable cryptography.
  • You consider yourself an applied cryptographer who doesn’t shy away from implementing your constructions.
  • You are interested in a unique intersection between academia and industry wherein you will be working with both theory and real-world implementations.

    Essential

  • Research experience in modern cryptography -preferably in MPC, Threshold Cryptography, [Zero-Knowledge] proof systems etc- and its tools e.g. Proving your constructions secure in UC paradigm.
  • Engineering experience in implementation of modern cryptography primitives.
  • Fluency in a systems language like C, C++, Rust, or Go.
  • Familiarity with algorithms and aptitude in cryptographic system design.

    Desirable

  • PhD in Cryptography with research track record.
  • Familiarity/Experience with distributed systems.
  • Prior knowledge/experience with MPC or crypto custody.

  • Contact:

    Clara Luna

    clara.luna@copper.co
    Last updated: 2024-05-21 posted on 2024-05-13


    PhD Student in Security of AI Hardware
    University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Albany, New York
    My research group at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University at Albany, SUNY, is hiring Ph.D. students on the Security of AI Hardware. Responsibilities: We are seeking students who are passionate about research, motivated to explore new ideas, and willing to work in a team environment. You will be expected to work diligently, communicate your results in writing, and publish research papers in top conferences/journals in the field of hardware security. Qualifications: A strong background in one or more of the following topics is required: linear algebra, probability theory, cryptography, or digital hardware design. Prior experience with Verilog hardware description language (HDL), electronic design automation (EDA) tools for application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, or/and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) is preferred. The candidate is expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills. If you're interested, please reach out to me (spotluri@albany.edu) with your resume and transcripts.
    Contact: Dr. Seetal Potluri
    Last updated: 2024-05-10 posted on 2024-05-09

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    A postdoctoral position is open in the Computer Science Department at Sapienza University of Rome, in Italy, hosted by Prof. Daniele Venturi.

    The position involves performing research in theoretical and applied cryptography, particularly on public-key cryptography and secure multi-party computation. The successful candidate will start as soon as possible, and in any case not later than December 2024.

    The position is offered for 1 year and can be extended contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. The salary is competitive with similar positions at top institutions in Europe.

    Applicants should ideally have a strong background in provable security, and are expected to be highly motivated and mathematically mature. Applications should be sent by email at venturi@di.uniroma1.it and must include: (i) a CV with a list of publications, (ii) a short research statement, (iii) names and contact information of 2-3 potential references.
    Contact: Daniele Venturi
    Last updated: 2024-05-07 posted on 2024-05-07

    Multiple academic teaching positions
    Xiamen University Malaysia, Sepang, Malaysia

    Xiamen University Malaysia is now seeking highly motivated, committed and qualified individuals for academic teaching positions in computer science and cyber security.

    Candidates in computer science and cyber security are welcome to apply. The ideal candidate is expected to be able to support general computing subjects, as well as cyber security specialization subjects. Applicants must possess a PhD degree in a related discipline.

    Applicants with specific teaching and research interests in TWO OR MORE of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

    • Digital Forensics and Investigation
    • Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis
    • Advanced Network Attack and Defence Technology
    • Malware Analysis
    • Cryptanalysis
    • Biometrics
    • Blockchain Technology

    HOW TO APPLY
    Applicants are invited to submit a digital application packet to: recruit_academic@xmu.edu.my and iftekhar.salam@xmu.edu.my

    The subject line of your email must include: your name, relevant academic discipline, and the specific position for which you are applying for. All application packets must include the following attachments:

    1. Your detailed and current CV with publication (*Asterisk to indicate corresponding author, include Indexing & Quartile);
    2. Cover letter;
    3. List of courses from the above that the candidate can support;
    4. Evidence of academic qualifications (Bachelor, Master & PhD Certificate; Bachelor, Master & PhD Transcripts and Professional Certificates);
    5. 3-5 Full-Text publications (if applicable);
    6. Teaching evaluation (if applicable);
    7. Two academic references (at least one of them is the applicant’s current/most recent employer).
    The positions will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by 23rd May 2024.

    Contact: iftekhar.salam@xmu.edu.my
    Last updated: 2024-05-02 posted on 2024-05-02

    Post-Doc
    Faculty of engineering, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    A postdoctoral position is open in the faculty of engineering at Bar-Ilan University, hosted by Prof. Carmit Hazay and Prof. Ran Gelles.

    The position involves performing theoretical research in cryptography, particularly on secure computation over unreliable channels and networks where the adversary controls the communication channels.

    The position is offered for 1 year and can be extended by an additional year contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

    Applicants should ideally have a background in information-theoretic secure computation as well as a general background in cryptography. Knowledge of coding theory and information theory is an advantage. Candidates are expected to be highly motivated and mathematically capable.

    Applications should include
    (1) a CV including a list of publications,
    (2) a short research statement,
    (3) names and contact information of 2-3 potential references.
    Contact: Applications should be emailed to carmit.hazay@biu.ac.il and ran.gelles@biu.ac.il
    Last updated: 2024-04-30 posted on 2024-04-29

    Ph.D. student
    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    I am looking for Ph.D. students in the area of analysing and preventing physical side channels in embedded devices. Two positions are available, which, as usual in the UK, enable the post holder to cover their tuition fees as well as enable them to cover their living expenses.

    The research topics that I am recruiting for are:

    • Pre-silicon modelling and analysis: you should be familiar with utilising a typical HW design flow, power simulation tools, and you should have an interest in developing skills in leakage modelling as well as analysis.
    • Statistical detection and analysis methods: you should be comfortable with probability theory and statistics, and you should have an interest in exploring sophisticated statistical approaches in the context of exploiting and detecting leakage. This research may also touch on statistical learning methods.
    • Implementation and analysis of post-quantum schemes: you should be familiar with low level software implementations (aka Assembly programming), and have an interest in exploring implementation options (potentially also considering dedicated hardware, e.g. the impact of dedicated instructions) to develop secure and reasonably efficient post-quantum implementations.

    If you feel that you fit with one (or several) of the three topics, or, if you believe that you can make a good case for another topic, then please get in touch (see contact info below). Please send me a transcript of records, and a short (1 page) statement explaining why you want to do a PhD with me). If I think that you are a viable candidate, I will guide you through the application process.

    I am now a faculty member and thus part of the Birmingham Centre for Security and Privacy. You can find information about this research group here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/centre-for-cyber-security-and-privacy. This is a sizeable research group, which offers companionship via other PhD students and staff members, as well as opportunities via many good relationships with industry.

    Contact: Prof. Elisabeth Oswald (sca-research@pm.me, or m.e.oswald@bham.ac.uk).
    Last updated: 2024-04-23 posted on 2024-04-17

    PhD Student
    University of New Brunswick, Computer Science; Fredericton, Canada
    We are looking for one PhD student who will work on cryptography and privacy-preserving machine learning. The position is a fully funded PhD position. The candidate must hold a Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a related area, and a have a strong background in mathematics and cryptography and good programming skills. The application materials should contain a curriculum vitae, a research statement, transcripts of Bachelor's and Master's, and the name and contact information of two references. The starting date is September 2024 or January 2025, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
    Contact: Kalikinkar Mandal
    Last updated: 2024-04-17 posted on 2024-04-13

    Applied Cyptographer
    Quantstamp

    Quantstamp is looking for an applied cryptographer. Quantstamp often deals with a wide range of cryptographic problems, including reviewing implementations and tackling new theoretical problems using cryptography. For example, Quantstamp regularly receives requests to review code bases which either invoke or implement (custom) cryptography, as part of an audit.

    Requirments

  • Mastery of at least one zk-SNARK/zk-STARK proof system, or a strong enough technical background to understand one (and this should have some direct connection to cryptography)
  • Strong ability to code and develop software. You should have experience with at least one major language, like Python, Java, or C; the exact language is not too important. You should be familiar with versioning software (specifically, GitHub), testing, and a familiarity with algorithms and data structures.
  • Ability to read and interpret academic papers
  • Ability to communicate ideas
  • Partial availability (2-6h) during EST work hours
  • Familiarity with existing ZK Rollup designs and multiple ZK proof systems
  • Knowledge of software development in Solidity, including testing and various development frameworks like Hardhat
  • Familiarity with blockchain ecosystems, particularly Ethereum
  • Familiarity with Circom for writing zero knowledge circuits
  • Contact: candidate-upload-to-job-N7wnRj36Krf2zX@inbox.ashbyhq.com
    Last updated: 2024-04-09 posted on 2024-04-04

    Fully-Funded PhD Position in Lattice-Based Privacy Enhancing Technologies
    Monash University; Melbourne, Australia
    Monash cybersecurity group has an opening for a PhD position. The topic of interest is Lattice-Based Privacy Enhancing Technologies (such as advanced forms of cryptographic tools and zero-knowledge proofs). We provide
    1. highly competitive scholarships to cover tuition fees, health insurance and living expenses (as stipend),
    2. opportunities to collaborate with leading academic and industry experts in the related areas,
    3. opportunities to participate in international grant-funded projects,
    4. collaborative and friendly research environment,
    5. an opportunity to live/study in one of the most liveable and safest cities in the world.
    The position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.

    Requirements. A strong mathematical and cryptography background is required. Some knowledge/experience in coding (for example, Python, C/C++, SageMath) is a plus. Candidates must have completed (or be about to complete within the next 8 months) a significant research component either as part of their undergraduate (honours) degree or masters degree. They should have excellent English verbal and written communication skills.

    How to apply. please first refer to mfesgin.github.io/supervision/ for more information. Then, please fill out the following form (also clickable from the advertisement title): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOvp0w397TQMTjTa6T7TKqri703Z-c3en0aS654w6nl4_EFg/viewform

    Contact: Muhammed Esgin
    Last updated: 2024-04-09 posted on 2024-04-04

    Embedded Crypto Software Developer (m/f/d)
    NXP Semiconductors Gratkorn/Austria, Hamburg/Germany, Eindhoven/Netherlands & Toulouse/France
    Ready to join the future of innovation in Crypto & Security at NXP?

    Become part of a highly talented and dynamic international development team that develops state-of-the art secure cryptographic libraries which are protected against physical and logical attacks, which have applications across all different NXP domains and business lines (payment, identification, mobile, IoT, Automotive, Edge Processing, etc.).

    When you join NXP you have the opportunity to broaden your technical knowledge in all of these areas.

    Responsibilities

    • You will develop crypto algorithms (incl. Post Quantum Crypto) based on specifications, being involved from the coding/programming, test, code review, release stages.
    • You will align with our innovation team, architectural team, hardware teams and support teams to develop the algorithms which contribute to a complete security subsystem in all of NXP's business lines.

    Your Profile

    • Bachelor + 3-5 years of relevant experience Or​ You are a graduate with a Master or PhD Degree in Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Cryptography
    • You have a passion for technology, you bring ideas to the table and you are proud of your results.

    We offer

    • We offer you the opportunity to learn and build on your technical knowledge and experience in some of the following areas: algorithm development including post quantum cryptography (DES, AES, RSA, ECC, SHA and many more)
    • embedded software development in C and Assembly
    • work with ARM Cortex M and RISC V platforms
    • Work on hardware and software countermeasures against side channel (SCA) and fault attacks, (FA).

    Ready to create a smarter world? Join the future of Innovation. Join NXP. Apply online!

    https://nxp.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/fr-FR/careers/job/Gratkorn/Embedded-Crypto-Software-Developer--m-f-d-_R-10052127

    Contact: Veronika von Hepperger (veronika.vonhepperger@nxp.com)
    Last updated: 2024-03-26 posted on 2024-03-25

    PhD Internship
    Nokia Bell Labs; Antwerp, Belgium
    We have several open PhD internship positions in Bell Labs (Belgium) for PhD students or Postdocs.

    At Bell Labs, the research arm of Nokia, we are currently designing and building systems that offer (1) computational integrity, (2) confidentiality, and (3) low-latency operations.

    Internship Details:

    As an intern in our lab, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to applied research in one of these areas, including:

    Zero-Knowledge Proofs: Dive into topics like SNARKs, STARKs, and MPC-in-the-Head to enhance computational integrity. Computing on Encrypted Data: Explore homomorphic encryption (FHE) and secure multiparty computation (MPC) to address confidentiality challenges.
    Acceleration: Investigate optimized implementations, software architecture, novel ZKP/FHE/MPC circuits, systems and friendly primitives.

    Any other relevant subjects in this area are also welcome, such as zkML, FHE+ML, verifiable FHE, applications of MPC, and beyond.


    Candidate Profile:

    • You are currently doing a PhD or PostDoc
    • Some familiarity with one of the areas: FHE, MPC or ZKP
    • Both applied and theoretical researchers are welcome
    What we offer:

    • Fully funded internship with benefits (based on Belgian income standards)
    • Internship any time from now until the end of 2024
    • Possibility to visit local university crypto groups (e.g. COSIC KU Leuven)
    • A wonderful desk with a view of the Zoo of Antwerp (elephants and bisons visible)
    • Having access to the best beers and chocolates in the world
    Contact: Emad Heydari Beni (emad.heydari_beni@nokia-bell-labs.com)
    Last updated: 2024-03-19 posted on 2024-03-17

    PhD student (fully funded)
    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    At the Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity (SSC) at Monash, we have several openings for PhD positions. The topics of interest are post-quantum cryptography (based on lattices and/or hash), their applications, and their secure and efficient software and hardware implementations.

    • Amongst the benefits:
      • We provide highly competitive scholarships opportunities to collaborate with leading academic and industry experts in the above-mentioned areas.
      • There will be opportunities to participate in (inter)nationally funded projects.
      • We have a highly collaborative and friendly research environment.
      • You will have an opportunity to live/study in one of the most liveable and safest cities in the world.

    The positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found.

    • Entry requirements include:
      • Some mathematical and cryptography backgrounds.
      • Some knowledge/experience in coding (for example, Python, C/C++, and/or SageMath) is a plus.
      • Must have completed (or be about to complete within the next 6 months) a significant research component either as part of their undergraduate (honours) degree or masters degree.
      • Should have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

    How to apply. Please fill out the following form (also clickable from the advertisement title): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetFZLvDNug5SzzE-iH97P9TGzFGkZB-ly_EBGOrAYe3zUYBw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Contact: Amin Sakzad (amin.sakzad@monash.edu)
    Last updated: 2024-03-19 posted on 2024-03-17

    Ph.D. Position (Fully Funded)
    CEA-LIST France & University of Paris-Saclay, France
    The Fully Homomorphic Encryption research group at CEA-LIST, a French public government funded research organisation, is one of the largest research groups that dedicatedly works on homomorphic encryption. Potential use cases include Privacy preserving Machine learning and Deep learning, to name a few. However, different schemes are suited for different use-cases, and thus there is a greater need of efficient switching between schemes.

    Thus we are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a string background in applied cryptography including FHE/MPC.

    The candidate must meet the following requirements

  • Education: Hold an M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) with excellent grades in Information security or Computer science.
  • Experience and Knowledge: Strong background in (applied) cryptography with a particular focus on cryptographic protocols/FHE/MPC. Good software development/programming skills.
  • Personality and Working Practice: Self-motivated and enthusiastic, independent, reliable, creative, and able to work in an international team with diverse background.
  • Language Fluent English, knowledge of French not required The successful candidate will:
  • become a part of the team of 10 full time researchers (one of largest teams in the world dedicated to FHE) and advance research on FHE.
  • develop new protocols and techniques in FHE,
  • publish and present your results in top-tier journals and conferences.

    The position is based at the CEA-LIST Nano-Innov campus in Palaiseau, France (30 mins from central Paris), fully funded for three years, no teaching duties, annual leaves, and the usual benefits.

  • Contact: Olive Chakraborty (olive.chakraborty@cea.fr )

    Contact us with your CV and Cover letter for more details on the subject.
    Last updated: 2024-03-17 posted on 2024-03-13


    Postdoctoral Researchers in Post-Quantum Cryptography
    Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences
    The Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) is looking for two postdoctoral researchers in post-quantum cryptography under Prof. Zhenfeng Zhang's team. The roles involve designing, analyzing, and implementing post-quantum cryptographic algorithms and protocols.

    Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a related field and proven expertise in areas like lattice-based, multivariable polynomial-based, hash-based, code-based, or isogeny-based cryptography. A strong publication record and the ability to work collaboratively are essential. Excellent programming skills and knowledge of provable security theories are preferred.

    Responsibilities include conducting high-level research, publishing findings, collaborating with team members, and participating in academic and industry events. The positions offer an annual pre-tax salary of 500,000 to 700,000 CNY (approx. 80,000 to 100,000 USD) and are based in Beijing. English proficiency is required; Chinese is not.

    Applicants should send a CV with publications, a research statement, and at least two recommendation letters. Apply by July 30, 2024, for full consideration. This opportunity allows you to contribute to the advancement of cryptography at a leading Chinese research institution.

    Contact: Dr. Long Chen (Email:chenlong@iscas.ac.cn)
    Last updated: 2024-02-29 posted on 2024-02-29

    PhD Position in Cryptography and Privacy Engineering
    Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

    The Cryptography and Privacy Engineering Group (ENCRYPTO) @CS Department @Technical University of Darmstadt offers a fully funded position as Doctoral Researcher (Research Assistant/PhD Student) in Cryptography and Privacy Engineering to be filled as soon as possible and initially for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

    Job description:

    You'll work in the collaborative research center CROSSING funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In our project E4 Compiler for Privacy-Preserving Protocols, we build compilers to automatically generate optimized MPC protocols for privacy-preserving applications. See https://encrypto.de/CROSSING for details. As PhD@ENCRYPTO, you primarily focus on your research aiming to publish&present the results at top venues.

    We offer:

    We demonstrate that privacy is efficiently protectable in real-world applications via cryptographic protocols. Our open and international working environment facilitates excellent research in a sociable team. TU Darmstadt is a top research university for IT security, cryptography and CS in Europe. Darmstadt is a very international, livable and well-connected city in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt.

    Your profile:
    • Completed Master's degree (or equivalent) at a top university with excellent grades in IT security, computer science, or a similar area.
    • Extensive knowledge in applied cryptography/IT security and very good software development skills. Knowledge in cryptographic protocols (ideally MPC) is a plus.
    • Experience and interest to engage in teaching.
    • Self-motivated, reliable, creative, can work independently, and striving to do excellent research.
    • Our working language is English: Able to discuss/write/present scientific results in English. German is beneficial but not required.
    Application deadline:Apr 8, 2024. Later applications are considered.
    Contact: Thomas Schneider (application@encrypto.cs.tu-darmstadt.de)
    Last updated: 2024-02-29 posted on 2024-02-22

    Researcher
    Blanqet
    Blanqet is a new company that is focused on shaping the future of cryptography in a quantum world. Current members include faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Law at the University of Chicago and Penn State University. For more information see our website, www.blanqet.net.

    We are looking to hire several researchers to join our Chicago based team for periods of one to three years with the potential for longer employment. Our focus is on imaginative individuals who are devoted to both research and its practical realization. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, cryptography, quantum and post-quantum cryptography, computer security, computational algebra and number theory.

    Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside other researchers at Blanqet and at the nearby University of Chicago. Joint academic affiliations with the University of Chicago are possible when appropriate.

    Applicants are expected to have (or expect to soon have) a Ph.D. in computer science, mathematics, physics or a related area. To apply, submit a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and a brief description of your research interests (description of research interests not to exceed two pages, more or less, and arrange for three letters of reference. Applications and letters should be sent via email to contact@blanqet.net. We will make offers on a rolling basis with flexibility as to the start date.

    Contact: contact@blanqet.net
    Last updated: 2024-02-21 posted on 2024-02-19

    PhD student
    Technical University of Munich, Germany

    A position for a PhD student in Cryptography is available in the newly formed research group led by Lorenz Panny in the Department of Mathematics, within the TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology, located at the Garching campus.

    The group was established in 2023 and primarily focuses on mathematical aspects of post-quantum cryptography: for example, this includes topics such as classical and quantum cryptanalysis, cryptographic constructions based on isogenies of abelian varieties and other algebraic objects, and efficient algorithms for both attacks and secure implementations.

    Please refer to the linked website for details on the position and application process.

    Contact: Lorenz Panny, lorenz.panny@tum.de
    Last updated: 2024-02-19 posted on 2024-02-17

    Postdoctoral researchers
    Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)
    The College of Computing at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Benguerir, Morocco is currently looking for motivated and talented Postdoctoral researchers in the area Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity, and Quantum Cryptography. The successful candidates will primarily be working on the following topics (but not limited to):
    • Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity
    • Quantum Cryptography
    • Quantum Blockchain

    Key duties:
    The Postdoctoral researcher will be expected to:
    • Publish in high impact journals in the field.
    • Participate to the supervision of PhD students and research internships.

    Criteria of the candidate:
    • PhD in the field of Cryptography, Computer security or any related field.
    • Strong publication record in high impact conferences / journals.
    • Very good programming skills (e.g., C, C++, Python), familiarity with Linux
    • Proficiency in English and ability to work in a team
    • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills

    Employment terms:
    The successful candidate will be employed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) based at Benguerir (50 km north of Marrakech), Morocco. The net salary per month is 2000 USD. The initial appointment as Postdoctoral researcher will be for one-year renewable depending on satisfactory performance.

    Applications and selection procedure:
    Applications must be sent using a single electronic zipped folder with the mention of the job title in the mail subject. The folder must contain:
    • A 1-page cover letter with main research interests.
    • A detailed CV.
    • A 1-page brief research statement.
    • Contact information of 2 references (Applicants are assumed to have obtained their references’ consent to be contacted for this matter).

    Contact: Prof. Mustapha Hedabou (mustapha.hedabou@um6p.ma)
    Contact: Prof. Mustapha Hedabou
    Last updated: 2024-02-19 posted on 2024-02-16

    PHD STUDENT OR POST-DOC IN SUSTAINABLE TRUST ANCHOR FOR IOT
    CSEM, Neuchâtel CH
    Your mission

    Collaborating with two experienced teams in security, digital hardware and software, you will contribute to the development of an embedded anchor of trust for future generation of sustainable IoT devices, enabling features such as post quantum cryptography, threshold cryptography, distributed architectures, or reconfigurability over the air. You will be working closely with a diverse team of engineers and researchers, and you will take a leading role in transforming a vision into tangible IPs.


    Your responsibilities
    • Research in applied cryptography and implementations for embedded devices.
    • Implement cryptography and security primitives for embedded devices; mainly HW/SW co-design.
    • Develop Proof of concepts based on advanced cryptography topics.
    • Harden security modules against side channel attacks, software attacks and other threats.
    • Adopt a holistic approach to design and implement robust features yielding solid foundations for end-to-end security.
    • Propose innovative security IPs, challenge them against state of the art and review them with peers.
    Your profile
    Know-how
    • PhD graduate or an MSc graduate.
    • Background in one or more of these fields: digital design, embedded software design and applied cryptography.
    • A high motivation to progress and excel in the field of applied cryptography and embedded security.
    • Experience in digital hardware or embedded software development.
    • Programming skills in VHDL, C, Python (or equivalent).
    • Fluent in English. French or German are an advantage.

    Interpersonal skills
    • Natural curiosity and ability to adapt to new situations.
    • Autonomous and hands-on, motivated to take initiative in the development of innovative solutions.
    • Open-minded attitude and well-developed team-spirit.
    Contact: Damian Vizar
    Last updated: 2024-02-19 posted on 2024-02-15

    Post-docs and PhD Residencies
    SandboxAQ

    We have postdoc and PhD residency positions available at SandboxAQ [1]. We seek people interested in doing research in the areas of post-quantum cryptography, privacy, and machine learning applied to cybersecurity. The positions are remote, but allow for travel to collaborate with team members. The postdoc residencies are initially for two years, but with the option to extend it to up to three years, on mutual agreement. PhD residencies are up to one year.

    We are open to strong candidates that reinforce existing expertise of the team as well as candidates extending our expertise.

    We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where we have zero tolerance for discrimination. We invest in our employees' personal and professional growth.

    Learn more about what we’ve been doing so far by checking out our publications page [2] or the individual DBLP pages of our permanent researchers listed below for each of the teams associated with these residencies.

    [1] www.sandboxaq.com [2] pub.sandboxaq.com

    Rolling deadline. More information: https://www.sandboxaq.com/careers.

    PQC members’ information:
    • Carlos Aguilar Melchor: https://dblp.org/pid/71/4606.html
    • Martin Albrecht: https://dblp.org/pid/92/7397.html
    • Nina Bindel: https://dblp.org/pid/167/3021.html
    • James Howe: https://dblp.org/pid/163/8680.html
    • Andreas Hülsing: https://dblp.org/pid/27/1744.html
    Privacy members’ information:
    • Nicolas Gama: https://dblp.org/pid/49/4575.html
    • Sandra Guasch Castelló: https://dblp.org/pid/86/8292.html
    ML for Cybersecurity contacts:
    • Raphael Labaca-Castro: raphael.labaca@sandboxaq.com
    • Parth Mishra: parth.mishra@sandboxaq.com
    Contact:
    • PQC: martin.albrecht@sandboxaq.com and james.howe@sandboxaq.com
    • Privacy: nicolas.gama@sandboxaq.com and sandra.guasch@sandboxaq.com
    • ML: raphael.labaca@sandboxaq.com and parth.mishra@sandboxaq.com

    Last updated: 2024-02-13 posted on 2024-02-12

    Senior Research Scientist - PQC
    SanboxAQ (USA, remote; Europe, remote; Canada, remote)

    The SandboxAQ team is looking for a Research Scientist to help functionalize the next generation of cryptographic systems. A successful candidate will be comfortable with research in post-quantum cryptography. We are open to strong candidates that reinforce existing expertise of the team as well as candidates extending our expertise. They will be part of a team of diverse cryptographers and engineers, where they will play a key role in efficient and effective enablement of the technologies being developed. They can learn more about what we’ve been doing so far by checking out the publications of our permanent researchers: Carlos Aguilar Melchor, Martin Albrecht, Nina Bindel, James Howe, Andreas Hülsing, and Anand Kumar Narayanan

    Core Responsibilities
    • Research and design of new post-quantum cryptography primitives and protocols
    • Engage in team collaborations to meet ambitious product and engineering goals
    • Present research discoveries and developments including updates and results clearly and efficiently both internally and externally, verbally and in writing
    Minimum Qualifications
    • PhD in Mathematics or Computer Science or equivalent practical experience
    • Strong background in post-quantum cryptography with a proven publication record at flagship conferences
    • Deep understanding of cryptographic primitives and protocols
    • Capacity to work both as an individual contributor and on collaborative projects with strong teamwork skills
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience in C, C++, Rust or Go, or equivalent skills to implement and validate innovative cryptographic constructions and/or protocols
    • Experience with the real-world aspects of cryptography
    • Experience contributing to open source projects and standardization bodies
    • Curiosity in a variety of domains of cryptography, security, privacy, or engineering
    SandboxAQ is committed to equal employment opportunities and offers competitive compensation. For more details have a look at the official job offer https://www.sandboxaq.com/careers-list?gh_jid=5072034004
    Contact: carlos.aguilar@sandboxaq.com
    Last updated: 2024-02-05 posted on 2024-02-02

    Ph.D. student
    TU Wien, Security and Privacy Research Unit
    The Security and Privacy Research Unit at TU Wien is offering a fully funded PhD position in Formal Methods for Security and Privacy under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matteo Maffei.
    Your profile:
    • Master degree in computer science or equivalent (degree completion by employment start)
    • Excellent English, communication, and teamwork skills
    • Background in formal methods (e.g., automated reasoning, type systems, or proof assistants) or cryptography
    • Experience in research is a plus
    We offer:
    • A job in an internationally renowned group, which regularly publishes in top security venues, and consists of an international, diverse, and inclusive team with expertise in formal methods, cryptography, security, privacy, and blockchains
    • Diverse research topics in formal methods for security and privacy, with a specific focus on cryptographic protocols and blockchains
    • An international English-speaking environment (German not required)
    • A competitive salary
    • Flexible hours
    Applications are to be performed online (https://tools.spycode.at/recruiting/call/5). The application material should include:
    • Motivation letter
    • Bachelor/Master’s transcripts
    • Publication list (if available)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information for two referees
    We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. The applications will be evaluated in a bi-weekly fashion, and applicants will be contacted only in case they are selected for an interview.
    Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matteo Maffei
    Last updated: 2024-02-01 posted on 2024-01-31

    Applied Cryptographer
    Quantstamp, Remote/ Anywhere

    Quantstamp is looking for an applied cryptographer. Quantstamp often deals with a wide range of cryptographic problems, including reviewing implementations and tackling new theoretical problems using cryptography. For example, Quantstamp regularly receives requests to review code bases which either invoke or implement (custom) cryptography, as part of an audit.

    Zero knowledge applications are becoming more common across all ecosystems, and this kind of math will also soon be the basis of several scaling solutions - in particular, zero knowledge rollups. These applications often use a zero-knowledge Succinct Non-interactive Argument of Knowledge (zk-SNARK) proof system, or a zero-knowledge Succinct Transparent Argument of Knowledge (zk-STARK) proof system.

    Your work will involve doing research about various cryptographic protocols. Some protocols of interest will be those found in the code of our audit clients, others will be protocols of interest for future audits. In particular, in anticipation of audits of, or for, zero-knowledge rollup systems, you’ll be asked to understand various zero-knowledge proof systems. There are a lot of those - we don’t expect mastery in all of them, but mastery of at least one would be ideal.

    Required

  • Mastery of at least one zk-SNARK/zk-STARK proof system, or a strong enough technical background to understand one (and this should have some direct connection to cryptography)
  • Ability to code and develop software. You should have experience with at least one major language, like Python, Java, or C; the exact language is not too important. You should be familiar with versioning software (specifically, GitHub), testing, and a familiarity with algorithms and data structures.
  • Ability to read and interpret academic papers
  • Ability to communicate ideas
  • Partial availability (2-6h) during EST work hours
  • Familiarity with existing ZK Rollup designs and multiple ZK proof systems
  • Knowledge of software development in Solidity, including testing and various development frameworks like Hardhat
  • Familiarity with blockchain ecosystems, particularly Ethereum
  • Familiarity with Circom
  • Contact: See the link below for more information and to apply: https://jobs.ashbyhq.com/quantstamp/6ae4fc70-98bb-42e1-9f24-c40e7af441cc
    Last updated: 2024-01-19 posted on 2024-01-18