International Association for Cryptologic Research

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PhD Student / Postdoc
Max Planck Institute / Ruhr University of Bochum

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy ( and Ruhr University Bochum ( are looking for an outstanding PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher, as part of the CASA ( cluster of excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct theoretical research at the intersection of quantum information and cryptography. Examples of possible areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Quantum information theory
  • Quantum and post-quantum cryptography
  • Mathematics and geometry of cryptographic problems
  • Representation theory and optimization

    To be eligible for a PhD position, the candidate must have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent (or be close to completing one) in computer science, mathematics, physics or related fields. Outstanding candidates with a Bachelor degree will also be considered.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
  • An outstanding track record in classes related to quantum information, cryptography, and/or mathematics and theoretical computer science in general.

    Postdoctoral candidates will also be considered, in which case the candidate is expected to carry out independent research in an area related to the topics described above. To be eligible, the candidate should have a publication record in top conferences/journals in cryptography, quantum information, or mathematical physics.

    The Max Planck Institute and the Ruhr University are co-located in Bochum (Germany) and offer a vibrant atmosphere for research that spans across many areas of computer science and mathematics. The Ph.D. program is entirely in English; knowledge of German is not required.

    The position is fully funded (100%) and paid according to the E-13 pay category (E-14 for postdocs). The starting date is negotiable, but ideally in fall 2022.

    To apply for the position, please send:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Electronic contact details of 2-3 potential references.
  • A brief cover letter (half a page at most).
  • Contact: Giulio Malavolta ( and Michael Walter (
    Last updated: 2022-06-03 posted on 2022-06-01