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Two Ph.D. Positions in Cryptography and IT Security

The Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security (LACS) of the University of Luxembourg is looking for two Ph.D. students in cryptography and IT security. The successful candidate for the first position will contribute to a research project entitled "Applied Cryptography for the Internet of Things (ACRYPT)", which is funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR). The second Ph.D. position can be in any area of research in which LACS is currently engaged (e.g. applied cryptography, network security, anonymity and privacy) and candidates are invited to submit their own proposals for possible projects. Both Ph.D. students will be supervised by Prof. Alex Biryukov and collaborate with other members of LACS as well as external research partners.

Candidates are expected to hold an M.Sc. degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or applied mathematics with excellent grades (GPA > 80%). A solid background in algorithms and data structures, mathematics, probability theory and statistics, software development, computer architecture, and information security is a general requirement to qualify for a Ph.D. position in LACS. Hands-on experience in hardware design (VHDL, SystemC) or programming of embedded systems (AVR, MSP430, ARM, etc.) is an asset for the Ph.D. position related to the ACRYPT project. Candidates with an interest to conduct leading-edge research in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Design and analysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives
  • Efficient implementation of cryptosystems
  • Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
  • Security of mobile and embedded devices
  • Network security
  • Anonymity and privacy
  • Digital currencies (e.g. Bitcoin)

Both Ph.D. positions are initially offered for three years, but an extension to a fourth year is possible. LACS 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 lacs.acrypt(at) The application material should contain a cover letter explaining the candidate's motivation and research interests, a CV (including detailed information about the obtained degrees and overall GPA in both the undergraduate and graduate program), as well as a transcript of courses and grades. Applications received by 5th January 2014 will be given full consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled.

Contact: Alex Biryukov and Johann Großschädl (email addresses can be found at