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=='''Ph.D. student in Crypto-Finance, Cybersecurity and Privacy (M/F)''' ==
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We are currently looking for three post-doctoral researchers (research associates) and a Ph.D. student to join the CrypoLux group in Fall 2020.
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=== Post-Doctoral Researcher in Symmetric Cryptography ===
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The CryptoLux group of the [http://www.uni.lu University of Luxembourg] has a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of symmetric cryptography. The successful candidate will contribute to a research project entitled ''Analysis and Protection of Lightweight Cryptographic Algorithms ([http://www.fnr.lu/projects/analysis-and-protection-of-lightweight-cryptographic-algorithms/ APLICA])'', which is funded by the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche ([http://www.fnr.lu FNR]) and the German Research Foundation ([http://www.dfg.de/en/index.jsp DFG]). Starting in Fall 2020, APLICA will run over a period of three years as a joint research project between the CryptoLux group and the [http://www.crypto.rub.de/resgroups/symcrypt/index.html.en Workgroup for Symmetric Cryptography] (Prof. Gregor Leander) of [http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en Ruhr-University Bochum].
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The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next phase of the evolution of the Internet towards a network that integrates the physical world into the virtual world. This evolution creates a strong demand for lightweight cryptographic algorithms that are suitable for devices with extreme resource constraints, e.g. RFID tags or wireless sensor nodes. In 2018, the [http://www.nist.gov/ NIST] announced an initiative to [http://csrc.nist.gov/projects/lightweight-cryptography standardize lightweight authenticated encryption schemes and hash functions] in an open process with public evaluation. The mission of the APLICA project is to contribute to the evaluation of the third-round candidates and the eventually standardized algorithms by analyzing their theoretical and practical security properties. More concretely, APLICA will contribute to the development of new cryptanalytic techniques that can be applied to lightweight authenticated encryption algorithms and hash functions, and to the design and implementation of new countermeasures against side-channel attacks, in particular differential power analysis, that are suitable for resource-constrained IoT devices.
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Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree (or obtain a Ph.D. degree before September 2020) in symmetric cryptography or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record that includes at least one paper at an IACR-sponsored conference/workshop or one of the top-4 security conferences. Experience in software development for embedded systems and/or side-channel attacks is a plus. Candidates with an interest to conduct research in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:
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* Cryptanalysis of authenticated encryption algorithms or hash functions
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* Leakage resilience or leakage reduction by design (e.g. modes of operation)
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* Security evaluation of leakage-resilient primitives or constructions
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The position is available from September 2020 on basis of a fixed-term contract for three years, which includes a probation period of six months. The University of Luxembourg offers excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment and a highly competitive salary. Interested candidates are invited to submit their application by email to [http://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/people/alex_biryukov Prof. Alex Biryukov]. The application material should contain a cover letter explaining the candidate's research interests, a detailed CV (including photo), a list of publications, scans of diploma certificates, and the names and contact details of three references. Applications received by '''15 September, 2020''' will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.
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=== Research Associate (Postdoc) in Applied Cryptography (M/F) ===
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The CryptoLux group of the University of Luxembourg invites applications from Ph.D. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. CryptoLux is a group of cryptographers and security researchers interested in applied cryptography, cryptanalysis, privacy, network security, cryptographic blockchains and is led by [http://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/people/alex_biryukov Prof. Alex Biryukov]. The CryptoLux group is affiliated to the Departement of Computer Science ([http://dcs.uni.lu DCS]) and to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust ([http://snt.uni.lu SnT]).
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'''Your Role'''
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The successful candidate will join the CryptoLux team. He or she will contribute to a research project on future directions in cryptography and IT security and is expected to perform the following tasks:
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* Shaping research directions and producing results in one or more of the following topics:
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** Design and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives
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** Cryptocurrencies, ZK proofs, blockchain
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** Privacy enhancing technologies, Tor
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** Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
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** White-box cryptography
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* Disseminating results through scientific publications
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* Providing guidance to Ph.D. and M.Sc. students
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* Attracting funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners
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* Coordinating research projects
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'''Your Profile'''
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* A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
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* Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security conferences)
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* Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background
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* Good  development skills in C or C++ and/or scripting languages
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* Commitment, team working and a critical mind
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* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
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'''We offer'''
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The University offers a two-year employment contract (''Ref: F1-070025, OTP code R-STR-8019-00-A''), which may be extended up to five years. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a large IT security-focused research center (>300 people).
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'''Application'''
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Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:
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* Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, photo, work experience, publications)
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* Cover letter and research statement indicating topics of interest and your motivation to apply for the position (max 1 page)
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* Contact information of 3 referees
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* Please mention code F1-070025 in your application
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Deadline for applications: '''September 1, 2020'''. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival. For further information, please contact [mailto:alex.biryukov@uni.lu alex.biryukov@uni.lu].
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=== Research Associate (Postdoc) in Blockchain, Financial Crypto, Cybersecurity and Privacy ===
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The University of Luxembourg, Department of Computer Science ([http://dcs.uni.lu DCS]) and Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust ([http://snt.uni.lu SnT]), invites applications from Ph.D. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT. The [http://www.cryptolux.org CryptoLux group] of SnT, which currently pursues research in cryptography, distributed ledgers and privacy, has a vacancy for a research associate (postdoc) to work on blockchain technology, financial crypto, cybersecurity and privacy. 
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* Fixed-term contract: 1 year (extension possible), full-time 40 hrs/week
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* Number of positions: 1
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* Start day: 1 October 2020
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'''Research area'''
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The successful candidate will join the CryptoLux research team led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a research project entitled ''Security, Scalability, and Privacy in Blockchain Applications and Smart Contracts (FINCRYPT)'', which is funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). Candidates with proven research track record in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:
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* Applied Cryptography (SK or PK, efficient ZK proofs, etc.)
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* Crypto-currencies, smart-contracts, financial cryptography, blockchains
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* Privacy enhancing technologies
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* Distributed consensus protocols
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* Cybersecurity
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'''Your Role'''
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The main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to:
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* Conduct, publish and present research results at conferences
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* Provide guidance to two Ph.D. students of the project
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* Attract funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners
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'''Your Profile'''
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* A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
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* Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security/crypto conferences)
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* Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background, interest in economics/finance is a plus
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* Good skills in programming and scripting languages
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* Commitment, team working and a critical mind
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* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory
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'''We offer'''
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The position is available on basis of a 1-year employment contract. The University of Luxembourg offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will work in an exciting international environment of a large (>250 people) IT-security-focused research center, developing technologies which will have direct impact on the future.
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'''Further Information'''
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Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:
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* A brief cover letter explaining the candidate's motivation and research interests
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* Curriculum Vitae (including photo, education/research/ work, publications, interests)
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* Information on participation in research competitions, Olympiads, CTFs is a plus
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* Contact information of 3 referees
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Deadline for applications: '''31 August 2020'''. Applications will be considered on receipt. For further information, please contact [mailto:alex.biryukov@uni.lu alex.biryukov@uni.lu]
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Ref: R-AGR-3328-10-C, RCREQ0001320 (50011531)
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=== Ph.D. Student in Symmetric Cryptography ===
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The University of Luxembourg invites applications from M.Sc. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. Cryptolux is a team of cryptographers and security researchers interested in applied cryptography, cryptanalysis, privacy, network security, cryptographic blockchains and is led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. The CryptoLux team, which is affiliated to the Department of Computer Science (DCS) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), is currently looking for a Ph.D. student  
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in symmetric cryptography.
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* Initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required
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* Number of positions: 1
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* Start day: October 2020 or later upon agreement
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'''Area of research (potential topics of the thesis)'''
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* Cryptanalysis and design of cryptographic primitives
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* Lightweight block ciphers, hash functions, authenticated encryption schemes
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* Financial Cryptography (security of distributed ledgers, smart contracts)
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* Privacy Enhancing Technology (Tor-like networks, privacy for cryptocurrencies, blockchains)
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* Design of proofs of work, resource-hard functions, commitment schemes
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* Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
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* White-box cryptography
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'''Your Role'''
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* Prepare a doctoral thesis in Cryptography and IT Security
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* Publish research papers and give talks at the top international venues
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* Provide guidance to MSc students and TA for classes, depending on the needs of the team
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* Help with organizing science outreach activities (science for kids, etc.)
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'''Your Profile'''
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* M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering with outstanding grades (GPA > 85%)
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* Strong mathematical and/or algorithmic CS background (participation in math/science olympiads, CTFs is a plus)
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* Some background in cryptography or information security
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* Good skills in programming, scripting languages (math tools are a plus).
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* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
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'''We offer'''
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The University offers a Ph.D. study program with an initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will work in an exciting international environment and will have a chance to participate in the development of a newly created research center.
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'''Further Information'''
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Applications, written in English, should be submitted [http://recruitment.uni.lu/en/details.html?nPostingId=52476&nPostingTargetId=71379 online] or by email to [mailto:alex.biryukov@uni.lu alex.biryukov@uni.lu] and should include:
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* Curriculum Vitae (with photo, education, work experience)
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* Brief research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (max 1 page)
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* Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken, with overall GPAs
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* Contact information for 2-3 references
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Application deadline: '''31 August 2020'''. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival.
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Ref: RCREQ0004322
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=== Two Research Associates (Postdocs) in Applied Cryptography (M/F) ===
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We are hiring Ph.D. holders in the general areas of applied cryptography, privacy.
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Start day: '''1-September 2019''' (earlier or later upon agreement).
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Duration: 1 year (extension up to five years possible).
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'''Research area'''
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The successful candidate will join the CryptoLUX group led by Prof. Alex Biryukov.
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Candidates with proven research track record in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
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One position is focused on symmetric cryptography, in particular:
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* Design/analysis of lightweight crypto (with the goal to evaluate NIST competition submissions)
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* Whitebox Cryptogaphy
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The second position is in the FINCRYPT project (1+1 year position with possibility of extension):
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* Cryptocurrencies, fin-crypto, blockchain crypto
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* Privacy and anonymity
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'''Tasks/Mission'''
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The main responsibility of the successful candidate would be to:
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* Conduct top level research in one of the above fields
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* Publish and present research results at conferences
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* Provide guidance to Ph.D. and M.Sc. students
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'''Your Profile'''
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* A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
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* Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security/crypto conferences; or several papers at ToSC(FSE), CHES, PETs or TCC)
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* Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background
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* Good skills in programming and scripting languages
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* Commitment, team working and a critical mind
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* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory
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'''We offer'''
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The University offers a one years employment contract (with extension possibility). The University offers highly competitive salaries (60-70Keur/year gross) and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment of a large (>250 people) IT security-focused research center, developing technologies which will have direct impact on the future.
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'''Application'''
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Applications, written in English, should be submitted by e-mail and should include:
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* A brief cover letter explaining the candidate&#39;s motivation and research interests
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* Curriculum Vitae (including photo, education/research/ work, publications, interests)
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* Information on participation in competitions, Olympiads, CTFs is a plus
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* Contact information of 2-3 references
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Deadline for applications: '''31-July, 2019.''' Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at) uni.lu)
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===  Ph.D. Researcher in Crypto-Finance, Cybersecurity and Privacy (FinCrypt project)(M/F) ===
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Duration: 3+1 years
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Start day: '''1-July 2018''' (or slightly later upon agreement).
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'''Research area'''
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The successful candidate will join the CryptoLUX group led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a
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research project entitled &quot;Security, Scalability, and Privacy in Blockchain Applications and Smart Contracts
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(FINCRYPT)&quot;, which is funded by the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) through the CORE
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program. Candidates with research interests in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to
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apply:
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* applied cryptography
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* cryptofinance, cryptocurrencies, blockchains
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* anonymity and privacy on the Internet
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* cybersecurity
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'''Tasks/Mission'''
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The main responsibility of the successful candidates will be to conduct, publish and present research in the rapidly
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growing areas of cryptofinance and/or privacy-enhancing technologies and/or cybersecurity. Depending on the
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candidates’ interests the concrete research topics may include:
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* design and analysis of modern cryptocurrencies and cryptofinance solutions;
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* security and privacy of smart contracts;
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* development of new proofs of work or other consensus mechanisms;
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* analysis of the security and privacy of existing anonymity networks (e.g. Tor);
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* study of white-box cryptography and code obfuscation/de-obfuscation techniques.
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'''Your Profile'''
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* M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
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* GPA of at least 80% in both the bachelor and master studies
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* Strong mathematical and/or algorithmic CS background (math/ CS Olympiads, CTFs a big plus)
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* Background in applied cryptography, or information security, or economics/finance - a plus
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* Good skills in programming, scripting languages . Math tools - a plus.
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* Commitment, team working and a critical mind
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* Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
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'''We offer'''
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The University offers a Ph.D. study program with a Fixed Term Contract up to 3 years with extension into the 4th year based on performance,  on full time basis (40hrs/week). The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will carry leading edge research in these rapidly evolving areas, which will have direct impact on the future. Luxembourg’s financial center is one of the largest investment fund, banking centers in Europe.
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'''Application'''
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Applications, written in English, should be submitted by e-mail and should include:
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* A brief cover letter explaining the candidate's motivation and research interests
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* Curriculum Vitae (including photo, education/research, work experience, interests)
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* Transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. grades
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* Information about contributions to open-source projects, participation in research competitions, Olympiads,CTFs, etc.
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Deadline for applications: '''31 May, 2018.'''  Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at) uni.lu)
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''Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.''
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=='''Ph.D. student in Applied Crypto, Crypto-Finance and Privacy (M/F)''' ==
 
The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.
 
The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.
 
The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy in the CSC Research Unit of its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC):
 
The University of Luxembourg has the following vacancy in the CSC Research Unit of its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC):
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led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. We are looking for candidates in one of the topics:  
 
led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. We are looking for candidates in one of the topics:  
  
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• applied crypto, cybersecurity
 
  • cryptofinance, cryptocurrencies
 
  • cryptofinance, cryptocurrencies
 
  • anonymity and privacy
 
  • anonymity and privacy
• cybersecurity
 
  
Applicants interested in symmetric cryptography, authenticated encryption will be also considered.  
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Applicants interested in symmetric cryptography, authenticated encryption are also encouraged to apply.  
  
  
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Your main responsibility will be research work in the rapidly growing areas of   
 
Your main responsibility will be research work in the rapidly growing areas of   
Cryptofinance and/or the area of Privacy Enhancing Technologies and/or Cybersecurity.
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Cryptofinance and/or the area of Privacy Enhancing Technologies and/or Applied Crypto/Cybersecurity.
 
Depending on your applicant’s interests it may include design and analysis of modern cryptocurrencies and cryptofinance solutions. Development of new proofs of work. Study of security and privacy of existing anonymity networks (ex. Tor), etc. Study of white-box cryptography, code obfuscation/de-obfuscation, automated discovery of vulnerabilities, etc.
 
Depending on your applicant’s interests it may include design and analysis of modern cryptocurrencies and cryptofinance solutions. Development of new proofs of work. Study of security and privacy of existing anonymity networks (ex. Tor), etc. Study of white-box cryptography, code obfuscation/de-obfuscation, automated discovery of vulnerabilities, etc.
  
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'''Profile:'''   
 
'''Profile:'''   
  
  • An M.Sc. in Computer Science or Applied Mathematics (ideally with some background in Economics/Finance)
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  • An M.Sc. in Computer Science or Applied Mathematics (for Cryptofinance topic some background in Economics/Finance would be a plus)
 
  • GPA > 80%
 
  • GPA > 80%
 
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.   
 
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.   
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  • participation in olympiads, competitions, CTFs is an advantage.  
 
  • participation in olympiads, competitions, CTFs is an advantage.  
 
   
 
   
Please apply online by November 30, 2015.  
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Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.
 
Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.
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== '''Postdoc in Cryptography, Privacy and Information Security (M/F)''' ==
 
The Cryptolux team of the University of Luxembourg is offering a 1 year Post-doc position in Cryptography. The successful candidates will contribute to an FNR-funded research project entitled "Applied Cryptography for the Internet of Things (ACRYPT)".
 
The Cryptolux team of the University of Luxembourg is offering a 1 year Post-doc position in Cryptography. The successful candidates will contribute to an FNR-funded research project entitled "Applied Cryptography for the Internet of Things (ACRYPT)".
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The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer
 
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Latest revision as of 09:45, 17 August 2020

We are currently looking for three post-doctoral researchers (research associates) and a Ph.D. student to join the CrypoLux group in Fall 2020.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Symmetric Cryptography

The CryptoLux group of the University of Luxembourg has a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of symmetric cryptography. The successful candidate will contribute to a research project entitled Analysis and Protection of Lightweight Cryptographic Algorithms (APLICA), which is funded by the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Starting in Fall 2020, APLICA will run over a period of three years as a joint research project between the CryptoLux group and the Workgroup for Symmetric Cryptography (Prof. Gregor Leander) of Ruhr-University Bochum.

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next phase of the evolution of the Internet towards a network that integrates the physical world into the virtual world. This evolution creates a strong demand for lightweight cryptographic algorithms that are suitable for devices with extreme resource constraints, e.g. RFID tags or wireless sensor nodes. In 2018, the NIST announced an initiative to standardize lightweight authenticated encryption schemes and hash functions in an open process with public evaluation. The mission of the APLICA project is to contribute to the evaluation of the third-round candidates and the eventually standardized algorithms by analyzing their theoretical and practical security properties. More concretely, APLICA will contribute to the development of new cryptanalytic techniques that can be applied to lightweight authenticated encryption algorithms and hash functions, and to the design and implementation of new countermeasures against side-channel attacks, in particular differential power analysis, that are suitable for resource-constrained IoT devices.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree (or obtain a Ph.D. degree before September 2020) in symmetric cryptography or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record that includes at least one paper at an IACR-sponsored conference/workshop or one of the top-4 security conferences. Experience in software development for embedded systems and/or side-channel attacks is a plus. Candidates with an interest to conduct research in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Cryptanalysis of authenticated encryption algorithms or hash functions
  • Leakage resilience or leakage reduction by design (e.g. modes of operation)
  • Security evaluation of leakage-resilient primitives or constructions

The position is available from September 2020 on basis of a fixed-term contract for three years, which includes a probation period of six months. The University of Luxembourg offers excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment and a highly competitive salary. Interested candidates are invited to submit their application by email to Prof. Alex Biryukov. The application material should contain a cover letter explaining the candidate's research interests, a detailed CV (including photo), a list of publications, scans of diploma certificates, and the names and contact details of three references. Applications received by 15 September, 2020 will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.


Research Associate (Postdoc) in Applied Cryptography (M/F)

The CryptoLux group of the University of Luxembourg invites applications from Ph.D. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. CryptoLux is a group of cryptographers and security researchers interested in applied cryptography, cryptanalysis, privacy, network security, cryptographic blockchains and is led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. The CryptoLux group is affiliated to the Departement of Computer Science (DCS) and to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT).

Your Role

The successful candidate will join the CryptoLux team. He or she will contribute to a research project on future directions in cryptography and IT security and is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Shaping research directions and producing results in one or more of the following topics:
    • Design and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives
    • Cryptocurrencies, ZK proofs, blockchain
    • Privacy enhancing technologies, Tor
    • Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
    • White-box cryptography
  • Disseminating results through scientific publications
  • Providing guidance to Ph.D. and M.Sc. students
  • Attracting funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners
  • Coordinating research projects

Your Profile

  • A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
  • Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security conferences)
  • Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background
  • Good development skills in C or C++ and/or scripting languages
  • Commitment, team working and a critical mind
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English

We offer

The University offers a two-year employment contract (Ref: F1-070025, OTP code R-STR-8019-00-A), which may be extended up to five years. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a large IT security-focused research center (>300 people).

Application

Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, photo, work experience, publications)
  • Cover letter and research statement indicating topics of interest and your motivation to apply for the position (max 1 page)
  • Contact information of 3 referees
  • Please mention code F1-070025 in your application

Deadline for applications: September 1, 2020. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival. For further information, please contact alex.biryukov@uni.lu.


Research Associate (Postdoc) in Blockchain, Financial Crypto, Cybersecurity and Privacy

The University of Luxembourg, Department of Computer Science (DCS) and Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), invites applications from Ph.D. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. SnT is carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT. The CryptoLux group of SnT, which currently pursues research in cryptography, distributed ledgers and privacy, has a vacancy for a research associate (postdoc) to work on blockchain technology, financial crypto, cybersecurity and privacy.

  • Fixed-term contract: 1 year (extension possible), full-time 40 hrs/week
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start day: 1 October 2020

Research area

The successful candidate will join the CryptoLux research team led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. He or she will contribute to a research project entitled Security, Scalability, and Privacy in Blockchain Applications and Smart Contracts (FINCRYPT), which is funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). Candidates with proven research track record in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Applied Cryptography (SK or PK, efficient ZK proofs, etc.)
  • Crypto-currencies, smart-contracts, financial cryptography, blockchains
  • Privacy enhancing technologies
  • Distributed consensus protocols
  • Cybersecurity

Your Role

The main responsibility of the successful candidate will be to:

  • Conduct, publish and present research results at conferences
  • Provide guidance to two Ph.D. students of the project
  • Attract funding in cooperation with academic and industrial partners

Your Profile

  • A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field
  • Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security/crypto conferences)
  • Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background, interest in economics/finance is a plus
  • Good skills in programming and scripting languages
  • Commitment, team working and a critical mind
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory

We offer

The position is available on basis of a 1-year employment contract. The University of Luxembourg offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will work in an exciting international environment of a large (>250 people) IT-security-focused research center, developing technologies which will have direct impact on the future.

Further Information

Applications, written in English, should be submitted online and should include:

  • A brief cover letter explaining the candidate's motivation and research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae (including photo, education/research/ work, publications, interests)
  • Information on participation in research competitions, Olympiads, CTFs is a plus
  • Contact information of 3 referees

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2020. Applications will be considered on receipt. For further information, please contact alex.biryukov@uni.lu

Ref: R-AGR-3328-10-C, RCREQ0001320 (50011531)


Ph.D. Student in Symmetric Cryptography

The University of Luxembourg invites applications from M.Sc. holders in the general area of applied cryptography. Cryptolux is a team of cryptographers and security researchers interested in applied cryptography, cryptanalysis, privacy, network security, cryptographic blockchains and is led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. The CryptoLux team, which is affiliated to the Department of Computer Science (DCS) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), is currently looking for a Ph.D. student in symmetric cryptography.

  • Initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start day: October 2020 or later upon agreement

Area of research (potential topics of the thesis)

  • Cryptanalysis and design of cryptographic primitives
  • Lightweight block ciphers, hash functions, authenticated encryption schemes
  • Financial Cryptography (security of distributed ledgers, smart contracts)
  • Privacy Enhancing Technology (Tor-like networks, privacy for cryptocurrencies, blockchains)
  • Design of proofs of work, resource-hard functions, commitment schemes
  • Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
  • White-box cryptography

Your Role

  • Prepare a doctoral thesis in Cryptography and IT Security
  • Publish research papers and give talks at the top international venues
  • Provide guidance to MSc students and TA for classes, depending on the needs of the team
  • Help with organizing science outreach activities (science for kids, etc.)

Your Profile

  • M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering with outstanding grades (GPA > 85%)
  • Strong mathematical and/or algorithmic CS background (participation in math/science olympiads, CTFs is a plus)
  • Some background in cryptography or information security
  • Good skills in programming, scripting languages (math tools are a plus).
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English

We offer

The University offers a Ph.D. study program with an initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will work in an exciting international environment and will have a chance to participate in the development of a newly created research center.

Further Information

Applications, written in English, should be submitted online or by email to alex.biryukov@uni.lu and should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (with photo, education, work experience)
  • Brief research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (max 1 page)
  • Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken, with overall GPAs
  • Contact information for 2-3 references

Application deadline: 31 August 2020. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival.

Ref: RCREQ0004322