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=== Ph.D. Student in Blockchain, Crypto-Currencies and Smart Contracts ===
=== Ph.D. Student in Blockchain Technology, Crypto-Currencies and Smart Contracts ===
Further information about this position will be announced by the end of June.
Further information about this position will be announced by the end of June.

Revision as of 11:05, 22 June 2020

We are currently looking for two post-doctoral researchers (research associates) and two Ph.D. students to join the CrypotLux 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 July 1, 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 Mathematicsor 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).


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

Ph.D. Student in Blockchain Technology, Crypto-Currencies and Smart Contracts

Further information about this position will be announced by the end of June.

Ph.D. Student in Applied Cryptography

Further information about this position will be announced by the end of June.