PhD Project in Postquantum Cryptology

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DTU Compute’s Sections for Cyber Security, would like to invite applications for a 3-year PhD position starting February 1, 2020 (or according to mutual agreement). The project is financed by Danish Armed Forces and Dencrypt A/S.

DTU Compute is an internationally unique academic environment spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics and computer science. At the same time, we are an engineering department covering informatics and communication technologies (ICT) in their broadest sense. Finally, we play a major role in addressing the societal challenges of the digital society where ICT is a part of every industry, service, and human endeavor.

The Cyber Security Section is an internationally renowned group for cyber security and cryptology. The group aims for the highest quality research. You are encouraged to collaborate both within the group and with other international groups. We emphasize a healthy work/life balance based on the premise that you do the best work when you are happy.

Project Description
The PhD project is about design and analysis of cryptosystems that are secure, not only today, but also remain secure once large quantum computers are a reality. These include systems for symmetric encryption, symmetric authentication, public- key encryption, digital signatures (public-key authentication) and key exchange.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The master’s degree should be in computer science, computational science and engineering (CSE), applied mathematics, or engineering, or equivalent academic qualifications.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU Compute PhD School Programme. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen and members of the cyber security section at DTU Compute together with representatives from Dencrypt A/S.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The position is a full-time position. The period of employment is 3 years starting February 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The workplace is at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further Information
Further information concerning the project can be obtained from Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen, email: .

Further information concerning the PhD school at DTU Compute is available
here .

Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2019 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin the employment before having received it.Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of gender, age, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Compute has a total staff of 400 including 100 faculty members and 130 Ph.D. students. We offer introductory courses to all engineering programmes at DTU and specialised courses to the mathematics, computer science, and other programmes. We offer continuing education courses and scientific advice within our research disciplines, and provide a portfolio of innovation activities for students and employees.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

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