International Association for Cryptologic Research

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Fully Funded PhD Position in Code-Based Cryptography / Cryptanalysis
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany and Technology Innovation Institute, Abu Dhabi
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a fully funded PhD position in Code-Based Cryptography/Cryptanalysis, focusing on theoretical and practical cryptanalysis of code-based schemes, particularly the current NIST PQC candidates.

This position is a collaboration between Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) in Germany and the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi. You will work closely with renowned experts Dr. Andre Esser from TII and Prof. Alexander May from RUB. The primary office is based at RUB, with generous travel opportunities and a planned multiple months research stay at the partnering TII.

The ideal candidate:
  • Master's degree (obtained before the starting date) in mathematics, computer science, or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of cryptology, particularly in code-based cryptography / cryptanalysis
  • Excellent track record of completed classes in cryptography, cryptanalysis, coding theory, etc.
  • Curiosity-driven, self-motivated and open to international exchange
  • Proficient in spoken/written English as well as in any programming language
  • Prior publications or contributed to research projects
You'll enjoy a fully funded position with a competitive salary (100%, E13) for three years, access to cutting-edge research facilities, collaboration with top experts, and ample travel opportunities. The program provides vibrant workplaces, exceptional networking possibilities, and the chance to conduct original research with direct impact on post-quantum cryptographic standards. Program conducted entirely in English, no German required. Starting date negotiable, ideally fall 2023.

To apply, please send the following documents via email:
  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and summarizing your qualifications (1-2 pages)
  • CV highlighting your educational background, research experience, and publications (if any)
  • Copies of bachelor’s and master’s certificates
  • Contact information for two or more academic references
We're excited to receive your application!
Contact: Andre Esser (
Last updated: 2023-07-06 posted on 2023-07-05