Research Associate (Postdoc) in symmetric cryptography
University of Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services.

We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and more specifically the CryptoLux research group invites applications 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).

APLICA is a joint research project between the CryptoLux group and the Workgroup for Symmetric Cryptography (Prof. Gregor Leander) of Ruhr-University Bochum.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!


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 (or obtain a ) 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

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