Postdoctoral researcher in Quantum Cryptography

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University of Amsterdam / CWI / QuSoft
31 January, 2017


University of Amsterdam
Science Park 123
Amsterdam 1098 XG
52° 21' 24.0408" N, 4° 57' 6.732" E

The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of quantum cryptography, as part of Christian Schaffner’s NWO VIDI Project “Cryptography in the Quantum Age”.


Staff members at ILLC as well as the next-door research center for quantum software QuSoft (Jop Briet, Harry Buhrman, Serge Fehr, Stacey Jeffery, Ronald de Wolf, Christian Schaffner) do research on a variety of topics in quantum information processing including quantum cryptography, quantum algorithms, cryptographic protocols and complexity theory.


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


The full-time appointment (38 hours per week) will be on a temporary basis, initially for one year with an extension for a further two years on positive evaluation.  Depending on experience, the gross monthly salary will range from €2,552 to €4,028 (scale 10), excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% annual allowance.


Prospective candidates should:

  • hold or be about to obtain a PhD degree in computer science, mathematics or physics;

  • have a proven track record of excellence in cryptography and/or quantum information, as witnessed by a strong publication list in relevant first-tier conference proceedings or journals;

  • in-depth knowledge of one of the following fields is a plus: parallel repetition, limited-quantum-storage models, continuous variables, quantum security notions, post-quantum security;

  • have strong passion for research, a drive to publish and the wish to learn new skills through working with or assisting in guiding PhD and MSc students;

  • have good communication skills in English, both oral and written.


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