(Junior) Researcher – Quantum Security for Internet and Satellite Communications

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Sep 2022

The Space Communications Research Group is investigating in applying quantum communications technologies to satellites. One of the more promising and mature technology is the quantum key distribution (QKD), which promises fully secured communications thanks to the secure distribution of cryptographic keys with mechanisms based on the laws of quantum mechanics.

The open position is focused on the integration of QKD on current security mechanisms and protocols typically used on Internet communications, the network aspects involved in the interconnection of QKD nodes and also taking into account the role of satellites to develop a global QKD Network.

The tasks you will be involved with would include:

  • Revision and analysis of the state of the art of quantum communications and QKD protocols
  • Revision of the standards defined in the ETSI GS QKD and ITU-T Y.3800 in relation with QKD and the development of QKD Networks
  • Contribute to design and modelling of QKD network
  • Programming of test scenarios, primarily in C, C++ in Linux-based environments
  • Programming of simulation of quantum key generation (QKD nodes), network / interconnection aspects of different QKD nodes, and also consideration of the key management layer
  • Integration of the QKD simulated parts with applications based on Internet Security Protocols (SSL/TLS, IPSec, …) and other security mechanisms based on pre-shared keys
  • Integration of QKD with cryptography libraries, such as OpenSSL

Who we are:

The i2CAT Foundation is a non-profit research and innovation center that promotes mission-driven R&D activities on advanced Internet architectures, applications, and services. More than 15 years of international research define our expertise in the fields of 5G, IoT,  VR,  and  Immersive  Technologies,  Cybersecurity,  Blockchain,  AI,  and  Digital  Social Innovation. The  center  partners  with  companies,  public  administration,  academia,  and  end-users   to leverage   this   knowledge   in   order   to   meet   real   social   and   business   challenges.

The greatest value of i2CAT is the talent of the people who make up our human team. We enjoy a team of people from more than 13 different nationalities and work every day to create and foster a work environment where we all feel comfortable creating, innovating and growing.

Want to know more? Visit our webpage! www.i2cat.net

Where will you do it?

At i2CAT we already have an established telework policy for some time. You can work from home or from the office, whichever suits you best. We ask that you attend the office two days per week, one to stay connected with the team and the other one to establish relations.

If you decide to come to the office, we are located in Zona Universitària, next to the Campus Nord of the UPC, within a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. It is a very well connected area (metro, tram, bus) with bars and restaurants around.

Our offices are designed with an open-office concept where everything is light and transparency (we do not have opaque rooms). We have a variety of workspaces so that you don't have to be at the same table all day.

i2CAT is an organization committed to equal opportunities. That is why we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourage the female collective to apply.

i2CAT is an organization committed to diversity and we seek to increase the number of people with disabilities in our team.

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