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.


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

Further information ma be obtained from:


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, 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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