Postdoctoral researcher in Quantum Cryptography University of Amsterdam, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Project description

The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of quantum cryptography.

The aim of the 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 successful applicant will join the group of Christian Schaffner. The candidate will be expected to fulfil the following tasks:

  • conduct research in quantum cryptography;
  • present and publish research findings together with team members in proceedings and journals;
  • assist in guiding PhD and MSc students working on topics in quantum cryptography;
  • while this is primarily a research position, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching activities.

Requirements

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.

Further information

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Appointment

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. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

Application should include the following information, in separate PDF files (not zipped), using surname, initials and a self-evident word as file names, e.g., Smith J CV:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position;
  • research statement (at most 2 pages) detailing the type of research you want to carry out;
  • one research article or draft you are proud of;
  • the name and contact details (including email address) of three academic referees.

Completed applications should be submitted by 31 January 2017 to application-science@uva.nl, and should state your name and vacancy number 16-584 in the subject field. The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.


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