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Cryptography Researcher — Lattice-Based Cryptography
Ethereum Foundation (remote)

About the Role: The candidate is expected to research cryptographic protocols that will be useful in blockchain applications or more generally. They will additionally dedicate some fraction of their time to projects that more directly benefit Ethereum. There is a lot of flexibility to work on topics they find interesting and also to collaborate with other teams for example in academia. We have a culture of open source and no patents will be put on any work they produce. The role is remote. The position is permanent however the details of the contract will depend on the location and personal circumstances of the candidate.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a PhD in either cryptography, consensus, or a closely related field. They will have a strong track record of publishing in top tier conferences and a clear vision of how they wish to continue their research for the benefit of blockchain and other communities. They will be comfortable working both independently and as part of a larger team. The candidate should be able to prototype their protocols/algorithms in a programming language of their choice or else be open to learning.

The focus of this position is on lattice-based cryptography. The candidate should have good experience in one of the following areas and be familiar with others:

  • Design and analysis of lattice-based signature schemes;
  • Design and analysis of lattice-based encryption schemes (including FHE);
  • Lattice-based MPC tools;
  • Parameter selection for lattice-based schemes, both already deployed and perspective (e.g. NIST PQ candidates);
  • Implementation of lattice-based schemes in software or hardware.

    Interested candidates that have more diverse skills but do not fit the above requirements should also consider applying as there may be other roles within the foundation.

    If you have contributed to any open source projects then please additionally discuss this in a short document or provide links to your contributions.

  • Contact: Please email cryptography@ethereum.org with a CV and a short document (either 1 or 2 pages) detailing how you have personally contributed to the most interesting of your publications.
    Last updated: 2021-04-02 posted on 2021-03-30