PhD candidate in (theoretical) Quantum Cryptography

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University of Amsterdam
31 July, 2015


University of Amsterdam
Science Park 107
Amsterdam 1098 XG
52° 21' 19.8684" N, 4° 57' 2.2752" E

The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a PhD candidate in the area of quantum cryptography, as part of Christian Schaffner’s NWO VIDI Project Cryptography in the Quantum Age.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop new quantum-cryptographic protocols (beyond the task of key distribution) and explore their limitations. An example of an active research is position-based quantum cryptography. Another aspect is to investigate the security of classical cryptographic schemes against quantum adversaries (post-quantum cryptography).

The full-time appointment at ILLC will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). On the basis of a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary amounts to €2,125 during the first year, rising to €2,717 during the fourth year.


  • A Master's degree with excellent grades in computer science, mathematics or physics with outstanding results or a comparable degree;
  • candidates with a strong background in cryptography or quantum information are preferred;
  • demonstrated research abilities by completion of an (undergraduate) research project;
  • good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • good social and organisational skills.

Further information and application procedure can be found at:


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