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Research Associate (Postdoc) in Crypto-Finance, Cybersecurity and Privacy (FinCrypt project) (M/F)

We are hiring Ph.D. holders in the general areas of applied cryptography, cybersecurity, privacy and blockchains.

Start day: 1-July 2018 or a bit later (upon agreement with the candidate).

Duration: 3 years.

Research area

The successful candidate will join the CryptoLUX group 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 Luxembourgish research fund (FNR) through the CORE program. 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)
  • Crypto-currencies, smart-contracts, financial cryptography
  • Privacy enhancing technologies
  • Distributed consensus protocols
  • Cybersecurity


The main responsibility of the successful candidate would 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, economics/finance - 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 University offers a a three-years employment contract. The University offers highly competitive salaries 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.


Applications, written in English, should be submitted by e-mail 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 about contributions to open-source projects, participation in research competitions, Olympiads, CTFs, etc.
  • Contact information of 3 referees

Deadline for applications: 31 May, 2018. Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov (e-mail: name dot family name (at)

Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.