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PhD candidate in Quantum Cryptography

 University of Luxembourg  Luxembourg Kirchberg
The University of Luxembourg is a multiligual, international research University.

The University of Luxembourg seeks to hire outstanding researchers at its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT).
SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners.  SnT is active in several international research projects funded by the Horizon2020 programme and the European Space Agency. For further information you may check: www.securityandtrust.lu .
PhD candidate in Quantum Cryptography (M/F)
Ref: CORE project aToMS
Fixed Term Contract 3 years (CDD), full-time (40 hrs/week)
Number of positions:  1

The research will be conducted under the supervision of Prof P Y A Ryan, head of the APSIA (Applied Security and Information Assurance) research group, http://wwwde.uni.lu/snt/research/apsia.
APSIA specializes in the mathematical foundations of information assurance: the mathematical modelling and analysis of information flows, the design and analysis of cryptographic primitives and protocols (both classical and quantum), secure verifiable voting systems, and anonymous marking systems and game-theoretic analysis of non-interference and coercion-resistance. The group has expertise in both the symbolic (formal methods) and the computational (“provable security”) styles of analysis and is investigating the links and synergies between them. The group has also established itself as a leading centre for the socio-technical aspects of security.
Your Role
The topic lies both in Authenticated Key Exchange (AKE) and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). Currently, complexity-theoretic definitions of security for AKEs are abundant but their relations are poorly understood, and the advent of QKD – in which both complexity theoretic and quantum mechanisms are intertwined - is further complicating matters. The research challenge is twofold: 1) to aid in finding fundamental definitions of security for AKE and 2) to develop a rigorous framework for reasoning about the composition of classical and quantum mechanisms, and in particular to examine to what extent definitions for AKE can be adapted to the QKD case.

For inquiries please contact: Main contact: Dr Jean Lancrenon, jean.lancrenon@uni.lu Other: Prof Dr Peter Y A Ryan peter.ryan@uni.lu

Your Profile
  • A master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Engineering or related field
  • Experience in cryptography or quantum theory will be considered as an advantage
  • A proven interest in cryptography, quantum theory, or security modeling
  • Strong background in mathematics and computer science
  • Commitment, team working and a critical mind
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.
We offer
The University offers a three year employment (extension up to 4 years in total is possible).
The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer.
You will work in an exciting international setting and participate in a fast growing and dynamic research environment.

How to apply:
Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Applications, written in English should be submitted online and should include:
  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications)
    Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation
  • A research statement which addresses specifically the topic of the position (300 words)
    Transcript of all courses and results from the university-level courses taken
  • A short description of your Master’s work (max 1 page)
  • Contact information for 3 referees 
Deadline for applications: August 30th, 2015

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