Postdoctoral position in quantum digital signatures

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Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
30 January, 2015


Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 131 451 3653
55° 54' 30.708" N, 3° 19' 12.8172" W

A postdoctoral position is available at Heriot-Watt University, to work on quantum digital signatures, within an EPSRC-funded Quantum Technology Hub focussed on Quantum Communication. The work is theoretical but will take place in collaboration with experimentalists. The position is fixed-term and for 24 months, and the starting date is 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible, by mutual agreement. The deadline for application is 30 Jan 2015.

Digital signatures are widely used to guarantee the integrity and transferrability of messages. Similar to quantum key distribution, quantum digital signatures can be made information-theoretically secure, with security resting only on the laws of quantum mechanics and not on computational assumptions. Important objectives are to investigate the security, efficiency and  of various schemes for digital signatures, and to develop hybrid quantum-classical schemes for digital signatures with improved properties.

Candidates with a PhD and a strong research record in a relevant field of physics, mathematics or computer science are invited to apply. Excellent mathematical and theoretical skills and proven ability to work independently are essential. Desirable criteria include research experience in quantum information science, in particular the security of quantum key distribution, and/or knowledge of classical encryption, authentication or digital signature protocols. Preference may have to be given to candidates who are able to start soon.

With your application please include a CV with contact details of three referees, a list of publications and a statement of research interests. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Erika Andersson at E [dot] Andersson [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk . 

The online job advert with application instructions can be found at .

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