Zero-knowledge proofs enable a prover to convince a verifier that a statement is true without revealing any other information and are widely used in cryptographic protocols. The goal of the PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr Jens Groth is to develop new and more efficient zero-knowledge techniques. The project is expected to involve both theoretical research and practical work on implementing protocols. Prospective candidates should have a strong undergraduate degree or masters in mathematics or computer science.
The PhD studentship is funded by an ERC Starting Grant on Efficient Cryptographic Arguments and Proofs with a starting date around October 1st, 2013 and a duration of 4 years. The studentship will provide a tax-free annual stipend of £19,790, however, ERC funding does not cover student fees (currently £4,200 for UK/EU students and £19,250 for Overseas students).
University College London is one of Europe\\\'s highest ranked universities and has recently been recognized by the EPSRC and GCHQ as one of UK\\\'s Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. The Computer Science Department is one of the largest in the UK and is located at UCL\\\'s main campus in the centre of London.