International Association for Cryptologic Research

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Internship - Verifiable Computation and Computing on Encrypted Data
Nokia Bell Labs; Antwerp, Belgium
We have two open positions for internships in Bell Labs for PhD students or Postdocs.

The prospect of researching hard real-world problems and getting a taste of the vibrant Bell Labs community sets these internships apart.

At the Software and Data Systems Research Lab, among other subjects, our lab specializes in building low-latency distributed systems that handle substantial amounts of data. In such systems, typically, not all parties can be trusted since any component can be potentially malicious. Our research focuses on 3 crucial goals:

  • Computational Integrity: Ensuring the reliability of computations even in distributed systems.
  • Confidentiality: Safeguarding sensitive data in highly distributed systems while flowing from one location to another, getting transformed from one form to another.
  • Low Latency: Meeting security requirements without compromising the performance of latency-critical applications, such as stream processing.

    Internship Details:
    As an intern in our lab, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to applied research in one of these areas, including:
  • Zero-Knowledge Proofs: Dive into topics like SNARKs, STARKs, and MPC-in-the-Head to enhance computational integrity.
  • Computing on Encrypted Data: Explore homomorphic encryption (FHE) and secure multiparty computation (MPC) to address confidentiality challenges.
  • Acceleration: Investigate optimized implementations, software architecture, novel ZKP/FHE/MPC circuits, systems and friendly primitives.
  • Any other relevant subjects such as zkML, verifiable FHE, applications of function secret sharing, and beyond.

    Candidate Profile:
    We will jointly define a topic based on your interests, resulting in at least one high-quality paper. You do not have to be an expert in all these subjects; having some relevant background is sufficient.

    The internship funding can run until 31/12/2023. That means you should start as quickly as possible. So you should apply now!

  • Contact: Emad Heydari Beni (
    Last updated: 2023-08-28 posted on 2023-08-25