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17 April 2019
Job Posting 2 x NCSC-sponsored PhD Studentships Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Applications are invited for 2x PhD studentships sponsored by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the areas of: (1) Applying Deep Learning to Enhance Physical Unclonable Functions; and (2) Deep Learning for Total Network Defence.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: A minimum 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or closely related discipline is required. This is an NCSC-sponsored PhD studentship; therefore, only UK nationals are eligible for this funding. NCSC will be offering the student an opportunity to work more closely with them – e.g., via a short internship or attendance at technical meetings. As such, the recipient of this studentship will have to be appropriately security cleared by NCSC before they start their doctoral studies.

GENERAL INFORMATION: A GCHQ-sponsored PhD studentship provides funding for 3.5 years and commences Oct 2019. It covers approved tuition fees and a maintenance grant of approx.. £22,500 each year (tax-free). A further £5k of funding will also be available per annum for travel to conferences, collaborative partners, NCSC visits, etc.

To Apply, use the online application system available at: https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2019

Contact: m.oneill AT ecit.qub.ac.uk

More information: https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/Education/PhDProjects/PhDResearchProjects2019/CSITCluster/

The position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Cyber Security is responsible for undertaking research; teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level including course coordination; research higher degree student supervision; and professional activities in the field of Cyber Security with a focus on cryptography and cyber security automation.

1. Cryptography position:–

We welcome applications from computer scientists with expertise in applied cryptography including but not limited to threshold cryptography, lightweight cryptography, post quantum cryptography, quantum key distribution and management, practical homomorphic encryption, cryptanalysis, data privacy-preserving techniques, and engineering of cryptographic applications according to international standards. Experts in other emerging cryptography research areas are also welcome to apply. Experience or an interest in engineering or standardizing industry-grade cryptographic solutions will be highly regarded. We seek to appoint a scientist with interest and experience in systems thinking and well versed in cryptographic and coding technologies.

2. Automation position:-

We welcome applications from computer scientists with expertise in cyber security autonomy and automation, covering areas including but not limited to exploit generation, reverse engineering, symbolic execution, program testing, fuzzing, vulnerability detection and mitigation, security information and event management. Experts with experience and interest in applying machine learning and AI planning to cyber security are also welcome to apply. Experience or an interest in engineering or standardizing industry-grade cyber security solutions will be highly regarded. We seek to appoint a scientist with interest and experience in systems thinking and well versed in vulnerability discovery and exploitation technologies.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University.

Closing date for applications: 19 May 2019

Contact: ryan.ko AT uq.edu.au

More information: http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/507415/lecturersenior-lecturer-in-cyber-security-cryptographyautomation

Job Posting Professor/Reader x 1 and lecturer positions x 3 in information/cyber security Information Security group, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

The Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London are looking for a full time permanent Professor/Reader (Chair/Distinguished or Full Professor) and three full time permanent lecturers (assistant professors).

The ISG is a full department within the university specialising in information/cyber security research and teaching and is one of the biggest specialist research and teaching groups in the UK. Details of the positions and more information about the ISG and Royal Holloway can be found at:

  • Professor/Reader: https://andersonquigley.com/digitalleaders/\"
  • Lecturers: https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0419-139
  • Additionally Royal Holloway is also looking for a head of Department for Computer Science and Head of Department in Media Arts (see https://andersonquigley.com/digitalleaders/ ).

    Closing date for applications: 7 May 2019

    Contact: Peter Komisarczuk

    Head of Department/Director Information Security Group

    Royal Holloway, University of London

    Tel: +44 (0)1784443089

    peter.komisarczuk (at) rhul.ac.uk

    More information: https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0419-139

    9 April 2019
    Job Posting PhD studentship University of York (UK)
    Applications are open for a PhD studentship looking at Post-Quantum Cryptography.

    Research supervision

    If successful, you will conduct your research under the supervision of the Chair of Cyber Security Professor Delaram Kahrobaei: https://sites.google.com/a/nyu.edu/delaram-kahrobaei/ at University of York; and Director of York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security www.cs.york.ac.uk/security

    Award funding

    If successful, you will be supported for three years. Funding includes:

    - £14,777 (2018/19 rate) per year stipend

    - Home/EU tuition fees

    - RTSG (training/consumables/travel) provision

    Funding requirements

    To be considered for this funding you must:

    - meet the entrance requirements for a PhD in Computer Science

    - be eligible to pay home/EU fees

    We will look favourably on applicants that can demonstrate knowledge of cryptography, algebra, quantum computation, and who have strong programming and mathematical skills.

    Apply for this studentship

    1. Apply to study

    - You must apply online for a full-time PhD in Computer Science.

    - You must quote the project title Post-Quantum Cryptography in your application.

    - There is no need to write a full formal research proposal (2,000-3,000 words) in your application to study as this studentship is for a specific project.

    2. Provide a personal statement. As part of your application please provide a personal statement of 500-1,000 words with your initial thoughts on the research topic.

    Deadlines

    Applications are accepted all year round.

    The start date for the studentship is flexible.

    Project enquiries

    Professor Delaram Kahrobaei, Chair of Cyber Security (delaram.kahrobaei (at) york.ac.uk):

    https://sites.google.com/a/nyu.edu/delaram-kahrobaei/

    Application enquiries

    cs-pg-admissions (at) york.ac.uk

    +44 (0)1904 325404

    Closing date for applications: 24 July 2019

    Contact: Professor Delaram Kahrobaei, Chair of Cyber Security

    https://sites.google.com/a/nyu.edu/delaram-kahrobaei/

    Director of York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security www.cs.york.ac.uk/security

    More information: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/post-quantum-cryptography/?p104181

    8 April 2019
    Job Posting Ph.D Ecole centrale of Lyon, INL laboratory, Ecully, France
    The aim of the thesis is to explore how to modify a low power processor architecture in order to include a security dedicated non-volatile operator inside its execution flow. In addition, computation paradigm using this new types of operators will be investigated in order to provide automatic compilation, normally off computation possibilities and a new concept of near sensor cryptography.

    In particular, problematic sub-operations (non-linear operations leading to side channel leakage for example) of cryptographic algorithm will be implemented using the new operator in order to evaluate either its security and the energy consumption of the resulting change in the computation paradigm.

    Closing date for applications: 10 May 2019

    Contact: Cédric Marchand

    More information: http://inl.cnrs.fr/files/Th%C3%A8ses20192020/INL04_EDEEA_Navarro_Marchand_2019.pdf

    Job Posting Research Fellows and Senior Research Scientists Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    The Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies & Systems (SCRIPTS) of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is the one-stop centre for knowledge, technologies, and solutions for privacy-preserving problems. We seek highly motivated researchers to fill several R&D positions ranging from fresh postdoc research fellows to senior research scientists. The successful applicant is expected to have strong system and privacy research experiences and software development skills in the areas including but not limited to Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE), Multi-Party Computation (MPC), Searchable Encryptions (SE), and Differential Privacy (DP). The applicant is also expected to have proven record of top publications (IACR conferences, S&P, CCS, Usenix, NDSS, etc).

    We offer a globally competitive salary package and low income tax, plus an excellent research environment in Singapore. The initial contract will be for 2 years, and renewable subject to the performance. Interested candidates are to send their CV, and 2 reference letters to Dr. Le Su. Review of application will start immediately until the positions are filled.

    Closing date for applications: 7 October 2019

    Contact: Dr. Le Su, le.su (at) ntu.edu.sg

    Job Posting Research Fellows and Senior Research Scientists Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    The Strategic Centre for Research in Privacy-Preserving Technologies & Systems (SCRIPTS) of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is the one-stop centre for knowledge, technologies, and solutions for privacy-preserving problems. We seek highly motivated researchers to fill several R&D positions ranging from fresh postdoc research fellows to senior research scientists. The successful applicant is expected to have strong system and privacy research experiences and software development skills in the areas including but not limited to Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE), Multi-Party Computation (MPC), Searchable Encryptions (SE), and Differential Privacy (DP). The applicant is also expected to have proven record of top publications (IACR conferences, S&P, CCS, Usenix, NDSS, etc).

    We offer a globally competitive salary package and low income tax, plus an excellent research environment in Singapore. The initial contract will be for 2 years, and renewable subject to the performance. Interested candidates are to send their CV, and 2 reference letters to Dr. Le Su. Review of application will start immediately until the positions are filled.

    Closing date for applications: 7 October 2019

    Contact: Dr. Le Su, le.su (at) ntu.edu.sg

    Job description:

    The professorship will be dedicated to the combination of artificial intelligence and IT security. We seek a broad range of applicants with experience and focus in at least one of the following domains:

    AI methods that improve the security of IT systems

    IT security methods for AI-based systems.

    KIT has research competence in various fields of IT security and artificial intelligence. In particular, the candidate is planned to be affiliated with the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL) as well as IT security research at KIT within the framework of the Helmholtz Association. In addition, it is expected that the candidate strengthens a strategic focus of secure and dependable systems at the Faculty of Informatics.

    The new professor is expected to teach courses in the core curriculum of the department of Informatics, in both mandatory and elective areas. During the first three years, the teaching can be performed in English language.

    The candidate is expected to actively shape research at KIT, to advance the personal development of her/himself and independently supervise doctoral researchers as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The new professor shall successfully combine collaborative work attitude with strong communication skills.

    The initial appointment is for six years as a temporary civil servant or as an employee. An interim evaluation is carried out in the third year of service. If the final tenure evaluation is positive, the successful candidate will be promoted to a tenured full professorship (W3) in accordance with §15 (2) KITG.

    Starting date:as soon as possible

    Closing date for applications: 8 April 2019

    Contact: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Beckert, email: bernhard.beckert (at) kit.edu

    More information: https://www.pse.kit.edu/karriere/567.php

    Job Posting Post-doc in Blockchain Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Requirements:

    - PhD degree in Computer Science

    - Good track record in top conferences

    - With system background (e.g., Linux)

    - Experience in blockchain (e.g., Ethereum, Hyperledger)

    Closing date for applications: 1 July 2019

    Contact: Send your CV to ericlo (at) cse.cuhk.edu.hk using the email subject \"Post-doc applicant: [Your Name]\" (e.g., \"Post-doc applicant: Harry Porter\").

    Job Posting Post-Doc Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    The Cryptanalysis Taskforce research group at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, led by Prof. Jian Guo, is seeking for candidates to fill one (senior) research fellow position (from fresh postdoc to senior researchers). The team focuses its research on symmetric-key cryptography, including but not limited to provable security, cryptanalysis, and design. It has done significant amount of work on cryptanalysis of SHA-3, Sboxes, security evaluation of AES, etc. Candidates are expected to dedicate their time on research, and have track-record of publications in IACR conferences/workshops.

    NTU Singapore offers globally competitive salary package with extremely low income tax and an excellent environment for research. The contract will be initially for 2 years, and has the possibility to be extended subject to the availability of funding. The position will be open until filled, interested candidates are to send their CV and the contact information of 2 referees to Prof. Jian Guo.

    Closing date for applications: 31 July 2019

    Contact: Jian Guo, Assistant Professor, guojian (at) ntu.edu.sg

    More information: http://catf.crypto.sg

    The Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University invites applications for tenure-track faculty in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Science for its graduate programs. Given the multidisciplinary mission of the School, there will be opportunities to collaborate on research and initiatives with other fields and schools; for example, Biotech, Mathematics, Economics, CyberSecurity, Data and Privacy Law (at Cardozo School of Law), and YU’s Innovation Lab. This is an opportunity to take advantage of the University’s deep connections to Israel’s startup nation and groundbreaking work in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Biotech and Cybersecurity.

    This is a tenure eligible position depending on experience and qualifications. We offer an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefits, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Compensation commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance may be provided.

    Closing date for applications: 11 September 2019

    More information: https://apptrkr.com/1418527

    The Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as academic and administrative head of its graduate initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This is a tenure eligible position depending on experience and qualifications.

    Given the multidisciplinary mission of the Katz School, there will be opportunities to collaborate on research and initiatives with colleagues from other fields and schools; for example, Biotech, Mathematics, Economics, CyberSecurity, Data and Privacy Law (at Cardozo School of Law), and YU’s Innovation Lab. In particular, this is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to take advantage of the University’s extensive connections to Israel’s startup community and groundbreaking work in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Biotech and Cybersecurity.

    We offer an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefits, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Compensation commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance may be provided.

    Closing date for applications: 11 September 2019

    More information: https://apptrkr.com/1418515

    Job Posting PhD student Imperial College London
    Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in lattice-based cryptography, with a start date of October 2019. The work will be based within the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London.

    This position is funded by HM Government and is available only to UK citizens unfortunately. The studentship will last for 3.5 years and include tuition fees as a Home student and an attractive stipend of £24,000/year, plus a generous allowance for travel and subsistence.

    Closing date for applications: 1 May 2019

    Contact: Cong Ling (c.ling (at) imperial.ac.uk)

    More information: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BQT906/phd-studentship-in-post-quantum-cryptography

    29 March 2019
    Job Posting Research Associate (Postdoc) in Applied Cryptography University of Luxembourg, Cryptolux (SnT)
    Research area

    The successful candidate will join the CryptoLUX group led by Prof. Alex Biryukov. Candidates with proven research track record in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

    • Design/analysis of lightweight crypto (with the goal to evaluate NIST competition submissions)
    • Financial cryptography (cryptocurrencies, blockchain tech)
    • Privacy enhancing technologies

    Your Profile

    A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related field; Competitive research record in applied cryptography or information security (at least one paper in top 10 IT security/crypto conferences; or several papers at ToSC(FSE), CHES, PETs or TCC); Strong mathematical and algorithmic CS background; Good skills in programming and scripting languages; Commitment, team working and a critical mind; Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.

    The University offers a one years employment contract (with extension possibility). The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment of a large IT security-focused research center (SnT/CSC), developing technologies which will have direct impact on the future.

    Applications, written in English, should be submitted by e-mail and should include:

    • A brief cover letter explaining the candidate\'s motivation and research interests
    • Curriculum Vitae (including photo, education/research/ work, publications, interests)
    • Information on participation in competitions, Olympiads, CTFs is a plus
    • Contact information of 2-3 references

    Applications will be considered on receipt therefore applying before the deadline is encouraged.

    Closing date for applications: 1 May 2019

    Contact: Prof. Alex Biryukov

    More information: https://www.cryptolux.org/index.php/Vacancies

    Job Posting Two Project Associate Positions in Hardware Security (Physically Unclonable Functions) Society for Electronic Transactions and Security [SETS], Chennai, India
    Applications are invited from the Indian nationals for the position of Project Associate to work in the field of Hardware Security in the project entitled “Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) based Application Specific IC (ASIC) by Technology-Circuit-System Co-Development for Strategic Applications” funded by the office of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India.

    Post: Project Associate (Number of Posts: 2)

    Project Duration: 3 years (the positions as proposed are purely temporary and would be filled on Contract basis with consolidated salary under the project). The appointment will be made initially for a period of two years and extendable upto further one more year or the closing date of the project whichever is earlier.

    Salary: Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month commensurate to relevant experience

    Essential Qualifications: M.E/M.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Computer Science and Engineering/ Applied Electronics/ Embedded Systems/ VLSI Design from a recognized university in First Class with 60% or above marks or equivalent.

    Areas of Skill sets/ Knowledge required:

    a) Knowledge in cryptology and strong background in digital system design, including project development experience in C, MATLAB, VHDL/Verilog programming. b) In-depth knowledge of front-end digital design process and related design flows (Xilinx FPGA /ASIC digital IC design). c) Candidates with prior industrial/research experience in the field of Hardware Security including Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) and Side Channel Attacks (SCA) are preferred.

    Selection Procedure: Written Test and/or Interview

    How to Apply?

    1) Applications received via email will ONLY be considered. Candidate should write “Application for Project Associate Position” in the subject line of his/her E-mail. 2) The candidate is required to attach the Personal Particulars Form in pdf format duly filled and signed. 3) The email should be sent to hrpuf2019 (at) setsindia.net

    Closing date for applications: 10 April 2019

    Contact: N. Nalla Anandakumar, Scientist, SETS (Co-Principal Investigator)

    More information: https://setsindia.in/careers

    The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at University of Warsaw (MIM UW) invites applications for positions of an assistant professor (“adiunkt” in Polish) in Computer Science, starting on 1st October 2019. The position is addressed to candidates working in computer systems, in particular operating systems, computer networks, web applications, security and cryptography

    MIM UW is one of the strongest computer science faculties in Europe. It is known for talented students (e.g., two wins and 13 times in top ten at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest) and strong research teams, especially in theoretical aspects of computer science like algorithms, logic and automata, cryptography (e.g., 8 ERC grants in these fields, 4 of them running at the moment). For an overview of research areas represented in the Faculty, see http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/en/dziedziny-badan

    Requirements:

    - PhD degree in computer science or mathematics achieved during the last 10 years

    - Strong publication record in international computer science journals or conferences

    - Teaching experience

    - Mobility record (participation in conferences, research visits, postdoc positions, etc.)

    The position is for 4 years, with the possibility of extending for an indefinite period of time after a positive result of employee evaluation. The position comes with teaching load of 210 hrs/year.

    Deadline for applications: 25th April 2019.

    More details, including application procedure can be found under the following link:

    https://www.mimuw.edu.pl/rozne/konkursy-pliki/2019/assistant-professor-comp-systems-2019-04-25.pdf

    For more information about the procedure, requirements, conditions, etc. please contact a vice-director of Institute of Informatics, Lukasz Kowalik (kowalik (at) mimuw.edu.pl).

    Closing date for applications: 25 April 2019

    Contact: Lukasz Kowalik (kowalik (at) mimuw.edu.pl)

    More information: https://www.mimuw.edu.pl/rozne/konkursy-pliki/2019/assistant-professor-comp-systems-2019-04-25.pdf

    Full-time PhD EPSRC iCASE Studentship in collabration with UrbanChain

    Project Description

    Since the privatisation of the energy market in the UK, the inefficiency of its structures have resulted in unaffordable energy for micro consumers such as households and SMEs. Similar market structures distributed worldwide have also experienced the same issue. A few contributing factors leading to this issue are complicated switching process between suppliers, current high-cost technical infrastructure for administration and billing purposes and fixed rate supply system. With the use of blockchain as an infrastructure, there is a significant opportunity to disrupt the current energy market with automation and integration of services, provide savings in the energy provision process and reduce energy bills for end users. However, little scientific information is available regarding the costs associated with running a blockchain-based energy market and the best methods for scaling up such a platform.

    eChain is a blockchain-based energy trading platform developed by UrbanChain, which uses hyperledger as a building block. The embedded features of the platform are real-time switching, automated billing and administration, P2P trading between energy generators and consumers, and demand side management.

    Funding note

    The candidate must be a UK/EU national as required by the funding agency.

    Person Specification

    Candidates must hold a minimum of an upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

    Skills and Qualifications

    - A passion for blockchain technology, preferably concerning the energy sector

    - Enthusiasm for working with cloud services and virtual machines

    - Capable of producing highly original work and an enquiring mind with well-developed analytical and investigative skills

    - A track record in software and/or electronic engineering, distributed ledger systems and/or system security

    Closing date for applications: 15 April 2019

    Contact: Candidates are encouraged to send their CV, a transcript with a list of courses and grades, and a description of their research interests to Dr Mustafa A. Mustafa as soon as possible for informal discussion about their suitability.

    https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/mustafa.mustafa.html

    More information: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/projects/description/?projectid=20154

    26 March 2019
    Job Posting PhD student Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
    The theoretical cryptography group at Ruhr University Bochum is looking for an outstanding and highly motivated PhD student (m/f/d) in the area of theoretical cryptography. The group offers an excellent working environment as a part of theHorst Görtz Institute for IT Security (HGI hgi.rub.de/en/home/ ) including more than 200 scientists active in all areas of IT security and cryptography. We are looking for candidates (m/f/d) with a Masters or equivalent degree with outstanding grades in computer science, mathematics or related fields.

    We offer a three-year position with salary according to the remuneration group E 12/13 TV-L (39,83 Wochenstunden). The position is based in Bochum, Germany and will involve international travel to conduct and present research.

    The load of teaching will be calculated according to §3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

    If you are interested, send your complete application documents in one single pdf file (max. 10 MB) with subject line *Application for PhD* directly to Nils Fleischhacker. ( nils.fleischhacker (at) rub.de )

    Required documents are:

    1. Letter of motivation
    2. Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications if appropriate)
    3. Master\'s certificate and transcript of records

    At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they have been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

    Closing date for applications: 14 April 2019

    Contact: Nils Fleischhacker, nils.fleischhacker (at) rub.de

    More information: https://goo.gl/FSxDbC

    Isogeny-based cryptography offers one of the most promising approach for post-quantum cryptography and achieves forward secrecy in communications, a highly desirable feature currently available in TLS protocol suite. Protocols based on isogeny problems enjoy very small public keys compared to all other post-quantum candidates, a very useful feature since those keys are routinely transmitted as part of public key certificates. While all these properties make isogeny-based cryptography very appealing, it is also a relatively new field. As a result, it is less mature than other post-quantum candidates, and arguably not ready yet to meet the requirements of real-life security applications. In particular, there is very little work on hardware implementations of isogeny-based protocols.

    The main goal of this studentship is to develop optimized, side-channel protected hardware implementations of isogeny-based protocols.

    The student will be integrated within the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy and they will collaborate with more experienced researchers on this research program. They will be supervised by Dr. Sujoy Sinha Roy, Dr. Christophe Petit and Dr. Flavio Garcia. All three are members of Birmingham’s Academic Center of Excellence in Cyber security.

    Person specification:

    2:1 Honours undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree with Distinction (or an international equivalent) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Engineering or closely related discipline. The ideal candidate for this position will be familiar with low-level programming, hardware architecture design and cryptography, but other candidates with a strong academic record will also be considered.

    Funding Notes: The candidate must be a UK national as required by the funding agency.

    Total stipend to student: £22,000 (year1), £22,500 (year2), £23,000 (year3), £11,750 (6 months of year4). The stipend is tax free. This is a research position with limited or no teaching requirements.

    Application link: https://sits.bham.ac.uk/lpages/EPS003.htm

    Closing date for applications: 15 May 2019

    Contact: Candidates are encouraged to send their CV, a transcript with a list of courses and grades, and a description of their research interests to Sujoy Sinha Roy and Christophe Petit and Flavio Garcia as soon as possible for informal discussion about their suitability.

    https://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~sinharos/

    https://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~petitcz/

    http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~garciaf/

    As part of the first recruitment round to the new Institute of Advanced Studies in Cyber Security and Conflict (SoCyETAL) and to support the growth plan of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), the University of Kent in the UK is seeking to appoint 2 new Lecturers (Assistant Professors) in Cyber Security.

    The University of Kent is one of only 17 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) in the UK, recognised by UK government. SoCyETAL will grow interdisciplinary research in areas such as international conflict, cyber influence and behaviour, cybercrime, cyber law, and financial technology, just to name a few. In addition to research, SoCyETAL will offer a number of interdisciplinary MSc programmes.

    Applications are invited from candidates in any research area that can complement or enhance the existing research strengths of the KirCCS and the Cyber Security research group at the School of Computing, especially in the socio-technical security theme. Successful candidates will be made members of both KirCCS and SoCyETAL. SoCyETAL will have a dedicated physical space allowing researchers from different schools and disciplines to work together, and there will be dedicated PhD studentships for members of SoCyETAL.

    We are particularly interested in candidates who have worked with researchers in social science disciplines including but not limited to Psychology, Law, Sociology, Business, and Economics. Candidates with research experience in Artificial Intelligence are welcome, especially if that research goes beyond pure technical issues into topics such as human behaviour, ethics, law, transparency, trust, fairness, and policy.

    For more details and to apply for the posts, please visit the further information URL.

    Closing date for applications: 10 April 2019

    Contact: For informal queries, please contact Prof Shujun Li (S.J.Li (at) kent.ac.uk, http://www.hooklee.com/) and Prof Richard Jones (R.E.Jones (at) kent.ac.uk, https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/rej/).

    More information: https://jobs.kent.ac.uk/STM1002

    Job Posting Multiple Post-Doc positions Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Multiple Postdoc Positions available in areas ranging from Malware and Attack Analysis, to Security Analysis of Machine Learning, 3D Object Model Analysis, and Image processing for Circuit Board analysis, at Nanyang Technological University

    NTU and HP have announced the creation of a new HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab located at NTU, representing an $84 million push towards industry transformation in the areas of digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies.

    Within this collaboration, we have several exciting research projects within HP Security Lab, based in Bristol, UK:

    1. Malware and Attack Analysis

    2. Security Analysis of Machine Learning

    3. 3D Object Model Analysis

    4. Image processing for Circuit Board analysis

    There are multiple Postdoc positions available in each of the areas. The postdoc will work in the HP-NTU Digital Manufacturing Corporate Lab at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The position involves conducting basic research, developing tools, working as part of a large research team, traveling, and giving presentations. The working language is English.

    Apart from specific requirement to the topic, general requirements for a candidate are:

    - A PhD in Computer Science/Mathematics or related areas is required.

    - Some of the positions (not all) will require a strong background in cybersecurity.

    - Strong programming and algorithmic skills.

    - An established research record.

    Candidates must be experienced in one or more of the following areas:

    - Malware and attack analysis

    - Software testing and verification

    - Machine Learning (Random Forests, Ensemble Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning and other algorithms)

    - 3D Object Modelling (matching, recognition, classification, analysis and computer graphics)

    - 2D Image Analysis and pattern recognition

    The term is currently one to three years starting immediately. The salary is 5.5k to 10k SGD per month with up to 3 month performance bonus. (Singapore Tax is around 5%)

    Closing date for applications: 31 July 2019

    Contact: Prof. Yang Liu at yangliu AT ntu.edu.sg

    More information: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/yangliu

    Job Posting PhD student Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Physical Analysis and Cryptographic Engineering (PACE) lab and Symmetric and Lightweight Cryptography Lab (SYLLAB) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, are seeking a skilled and motivated PhD candidate to explore the potential of machine learning in the field of side-channel attacks and cryptanalysis in general. Candidates are expected to have a strong background in either cryptography or side-channel attacks or machine learning.

    Interested applicants are encouraged to send their detailed CV and cover letter to Shivam Bhasin (sbhasin at ntu.edu.sg) and Prof. Thomas Peyrin (thomas.peyrin at ntu.edu.sg).

    Deadline: end of April 2019 (but preferably before the 4th of April 2019)

    Closing date for applications: 1 May 2019

    At Purdue University, we are looking for one or more outstanding post-doctoral researchers (or an extended visitor) working on topics at the intersection of applied cryptography, multi-party computation (MPC), and secure distributed systems. The researchers will have the exciting opportunity of working closely with our young and energetic team consisting of Jeremiah Blocki, Christina Garman, Aniket Kate, Hemanta K. Maji, and their Ph.D. students as they design and implement high-performance MPC and other distributed cryptographic libraries. There will be considerable freedom in actively shaping the research agenda and taking leadership roles within the project. This research position shall provide an ideal exposure to foundational research in cryptography as well as experience in implementing end-to-end cryptographic solutions that are real-world deployable.

    The application must include a curriculum vitae, a short research statement, and names of (at least) two contacts who can provide a reference about the applicant and their work. The candidate should be able to demonstrate substantial expertise in cryptography/distributed systems illustrated in the form of publications at top crypto/security/systems venues. For full consideration, applications are expected by April 05, 2019. However, we shall accept applications until all the positions are filled. Applications may be submitted by email to crypto-postdoc (at) purdue.edu.

    Closing date for applications: 5 April 2019

    Contact:
    Contact Email: crypto-postdoc (at) purdue.edu

    Purdue Faculty Team

    • Jeremiah Blocki
    • Christina Garman
    • Aniket Kate
    • Hemanta K. Maji

    The Information Security Research Group at UCL’s Computer Science Department invites applications for a post as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning.


    We seek candidates with expertise and experience in both machine learning and information security. We expect the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to lead cutting-edge research in this area, and more specifically, produce and present academic publications in top-tier conferences/journals, liaise with academic and industrial partners, and work with other researchers in the field.


    UCL is one of the top-rated research institutions in the world, and currently the top recipient of Horizon 2020 funding in Europe. As of 2018, 30 Nobel Laureates and 3 Fields Medalists were UCL affiliates. UCL’s Computer Science Department is recognized as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the National Cyber Security Centre. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation, UCL was ranked first in the UK for Computer Science: 61% of its research submission are rated as world-leading and 96% as internationally excellent. For more information about our group, please visit http://sec.cs.ucl.ac.uk.


    This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

    Closing date for applications: 30 May 2019

    Contact: Emiliano De Cristofaro, Head of Information Security Research, jobs (at) emilianodc.com

    More information: http://bit.ly/ucl-privacyml-postdoc

    Job Posting PhD student, Post-Doc, and Short-term Intern in Cryptography Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
    The HKUST Computer Science and Engineering department invites applications for PhD students, Post-doctoral fellows, and short-term visiting interns in the topic of theory and applications of cryptography. Applicants should have a background/interest in the topics of: zero-knowledge arguments, secure multi-party computation, searchable encryption, oblivious algorithms, or homomorphic encryption.

    PhD applicants should have a bachelor/master degree in computer science or engineering, information security, mathematics, or a relevant area. Excellent analytical and mathematical skills are necessary, as well as good organization skills and the ability to work independently. A strong background in coding and software engineering is a great plus for successful applicants.

    Short-term internship positions are available for undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in the above topics.

    HKUST offers competitive stipends and a creative environment that is ideal for excellent research. Our CSE department was ranked 14th in the world in 2018 by QS World University Rankings and our graduates consistently staff world-class institutions.

    Interested applicants please send your CV and a short research statement to Prof. Dimitrios Papadopoulos.

    Closing date for applications: 30 April 2019

    Contact: dipapado (at) cse.ust.hk

    13 March 2019
    The School of Cyber Science and Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was founded in October 2000. It was the first school-level training base for high-level information security professionals in China and was jointly established by the Ministry of Education of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. In order to dock the international academic frontiers and national development strategies, the key research areas of school\'s planning include: 1) Theory of Cryptography and Algorithms, 2) Quantum Computing and Post-quantum Cryptography, 3) Software and System Security, 4) Hardware and Embedded System Security, 5) Security Architecture, 6) Information Content Security, 7) Artificial Intelligence Security, 8) Cloud Security and Big Data Privacy Protection, 9) Industrial Internet, Wireless Network and Internet of Things Security, 10) Blockchain and Financial Security.

    The school now has 20 open positions on the cyberspace security including 1) tenured full professors, 2) tenure-track associate professors, 3) tenure-track assistants professors, 4) full-time research fellows and postdoctoral. Applicants should have (a) a doctoral degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics closely related to cyberspace security; (b) an established track record in research and scholarship; (c) expertise in the abovementioned 10 strategic research areas; and (d) a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. We sincerely invite academic talents engaged in research related to cyberspace security from both abroad and domestic to join us. The school will provide highly competitive remuneration packages, superior research conditions and high-quality graduate students. We will assist to apply for various national, provincial and ministerial level talent programs. The university will also assist on employment of spouses, schooling for children and medical care.

    Please refer to the link: http://english.seiee.sjtu.edu.cn/english/info/14810.htm

    Closing date for applications: 15 August 2019

    Contact: Dawu GU, Professor/Head of School of the CSE

    Email: dwgu (at) sjtu.edu.cn

    Identiq is introducing a new paradigm in the Identity verification market, offering strong identity verification, while preserving privacy and meeting strict regulation, such as GDPR. It is set to take over this market, and capture a significant market share in the near future.

    The company is developing a unique solution, based on cryptographic protocols and multi-party computation techniques, which allows users to be validated without compromising their privacy.

    The company was founded by Itay Levy, a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits in his past, Ido Shilon the general manager of Nielsen Exelate, and Uri Arad PayPal Israel’s Chief Technologist. The company closed its first financing round, with participation by strong Israeli and US investors.

    Responsibilities

    The job responsibilities include the design and analysis of cryptographic primitives and a full protocol involving multi-party-computation techniques, as well as bringing the protocol from design to implementation. You will be collaborating with our world-renown cryptography advisors and our top-tier technology teams. You will be inventing new encryption schemes, design computationally, and communication efficient protocols, and will be writing proofs of security and privacy under various adversary models.

    This is a full-time position, reporting directly to the company’s head of research.

    Qualifications

    - Strong background in multi-party computation and homomorphic encryption

    - Theoretical and applied experience in cryptographic protocols design

    - Cryptographic protocol design and analysis

    - M.Sc. in mathematics, computer science, or similar field, with specialization in cryptography and security. PhD an advantage

    - Programming in C/C++/Java/C#/Go or similar languages

    - Experience in protocol simulation and verification tools an advantage

    Interested candidates should submit their resumes to jobs (at) identiq.com

    Closing date for applications: 31 March 2019

    Job Posting Post-Doc Telecom ParisTech and Telecom SudParis (campus of Saclay, Paris area)
    In a joined project Telecom ParisTech and Telecom SudParis are proposing a 1 year renewable PostDoc on the topic hereunder.

    Blockchain, security and privacy issues

    The first 6 months consist in delivering a state of the art, plus refining on research objectives. Here are three examples of further specific topics:

    A. Anonymization and micropayment channels

    Such transactions appear only in a consolidated form in the blockchain. They can be managed by smart contracts, or payment providers, which have a privileged view on these transactions. A point of interest is anonymization and description of possible attacks on anonymity. A long term goal could be designing tools for monitoring and de-anonymisation.

    B. Security analysis of the network layer of blockchain

    The underlying network of can leak information on the identity of the users/participants. Such analysis was done on the Bitcoin network, but cannot be generalized. The research would consist in selecting another relevant example then analyzing in depth availability / performance / anonymization. Possible tools are tomography of networks, topology analysis or e.g. addresses links.

    C. Fully anonymous blockchains

    Contrary to Bitcoin [ACM18], Zcash and Monero enable fully anonymous paiments [OM18]. Ethereum on its side makes possible multiparty pooling of transactions [Meiklejohn & Mercer PETS18]. It could be interesting to quantify the practical usage and weaknesses of these tools [Usx18]. Getting used to monitoring tools will be usefull, as well as technological watch (including social media: reddit, discord, medium, telegram or blogs).

    [ACM18] S. Meiklejohn and al. A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among Men with No Names. Communications ACM.

    [OM18] C Orlandi and S Meiklejohn. QuisQuis: A New Design for Anonymous Cryptocurrencies.

    [Usx18] G. Kappos and al. An Empirical Analysis of Anonymity in Zcash. 27th USENIX Security Symposium.

    Closing date for applications: 31 August 2019

    Contact: Please send your resume and/or questions to Gerard Memmi : gerard.memmi \'at\' telecom-paristech.fr

    Job Posting Senior Project Fellow / Project Fellow Department of Computing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    We are recruiting a project fellow/senior project fellow to work on applications of blockchain technology in ensuring food and drug safety.

    Candidates are expected to have completed a PhD in computer science or a related discipline (in particular, candidates with a background from biotech or chemical engineering will also be considered); or with significant experience in applied research and knowledge transfer activities.

    The appointee is expected to take charge of the development of the system. He/she will assume senior level of responsibility, including project management, supervising of project personnels, communicate with relevant academia staff members and meeting regularly with our industry partners.

    The position is funded by the project titled \"Blockchain-Based Food and Drug Counterfeit Detection and Regulatory System\" funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong.

    Closing date for applications: 30 April 2019

    Contact: Man Ho Allen Au

    More information: http://www4.comp.polyu.edu.hk/~csallen

    Job Posting Ph.D. Student IT University of Copenhagen
    Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship at the Computer Science Department in the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PhD fellowship includes a salary and tuition for the duration of PhD studies, as well as access to the Danish public education and healthcare systems.

    Project: Cryptographic Protocols for Scalable Privacy Preserving Blockchains

    Current blockchain consensus protocols underpinning the security of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts suffer from a number of bottlenecks that severely limit the transaction throughput of such systems. Moreover, the few cryptocurrencies that offer strong privacy guarantees are not compatible with the current techniques for achieving higher throughputs. Besides scalability concerns, current privacy preserving cryptocurrencies and smart contracts are also incompatible with legal financial regulations since they do not allow for lawful audits.

    The successful candidate will work on a project aiming at solving these issues by means of more efficient consensus protocols and multiparty computation techniques. We will investigate efficient cryptographic protocols for two main tasks: (1) scalable blockchain based consensus compatible with privacy preserving cryptocurrencies and (2) accountable privacy preserving cryptocurrency and smart contract systems that adhere to financial regulations. The research will be focused on developing new provably secure frameworks for building such protocols with high concrete efficiency.

    This project will be carried out in cooperation with the Concordium Foundation.

    Qualifications:

    We are looking for motivated candidates with a background in discrete mathematics and/or theoretical computer science. Experience with distributed systems or cryptography will be considered an advantage. Candidates should have an MsC degree (or equivalent) or a BsC degree plus one year of Master level studies (equivalent to 4 years of studies).

    Closing date for applications: 25 March 2019

    Contact: Bernardo David, Associate Professor, beda (at) itu.dk

    More information: https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=119&ProjectId=181022&DepartmentId=3439&MediaId=5

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