Doctoral Researcher (PhD) in Applied Cryptography
University of Luxembourg
Alphonse Weicker, Luxembourg
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Your Role...

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 , we are affiliated to the Departement of Computer Science (DCS) and to the Security and Trust center (SnT).

You will perform the following tasks :

  • 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
  • Organize science outreach activities, e.g. science for kids,
  • Area / 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
  • What we expect from you

  • MSc. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering with outstanding grades (GPA >
  • 85%)

  • Strong mathematical and / or algorithmic CS background (Olympiads, CTFs a plus)
  • Background in cryptography or information security - a plus
  • Good skills in programming, scripting languages . Math tools a plus
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • In Short...

  • Contract Type : Contrat à durée déterminée 36 Mois - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours : Temps plein 40.0 Heures par Semaine
  • Employee and student status
  • Location : Belval
  • Year salary of 36 196,92 EUR (paid in 12 months)
  • Job Reference : UOL03468
  • How to apply...

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

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate
  • Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken, including overall GPAs
  • Contact information of three references
  • Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system.

    Applications by email will not be considered.

    The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

    In return you will get

  • Multilingual and international character . Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries.
  • Member of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR).

  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market.
  • A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.

  • A partner for society and industry . Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs
  • Find out more about the University
  • Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University
  • Further information...

    For further information, please contact alex.biryukov uni.lu

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