The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam, and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) are looking for a PhD candidate in the area of quantum cryptography.
The aim of the PhD 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 [http://homepages.cwi.nl/~schaffne/positionbasedqcrypto.php position-based quantum cryptography]. Another aspect is to investigate the security of classical cryptographic schemes against quantum adversaries (post-quantum cryptography).
Full-time appointment is on a temporary basis for a period of four years. For the first two years the PhD candidate will be appointed at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam, initially for a period of 18 months and then, on positive evaluation, for a further six months. During the final two years, the PhD candidate will be employed by the Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica (CWI). On the basis of a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary amounts to €2,083 during the first year, rising to €2,664 during the fourth year.
* a Master's degree with excellent grades in computer science, mathematics or physics with outstanding results or a comparable degree;
* candidates with a strong background in cryptography or quantum information are preferred;
* demonstrated research abilities by completion of an (undergraduate) research project;
* good academic writing and presentation skills;
* good social and organisational skills.