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Research Associates (Postdocs) in symmetric cryptography

    University of Luxembourg
    Computer science
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    15/07/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Luxembourg › Luxembourg

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg and more specifically the CryptoLux research group invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of symmetric cryptography. The successful candidate will contribute to a research project entitled "Analysis and Protection of Lightweight Cryptographic Algorithms (APLICA)", which is funded by the Luxembourgish Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Starting in Fall 2020, APLICA will run over a period of three years as a joint research project between the CryptoLux group and the Workgroup for Symmetric Cryptography (Prof. Gregor Leander) of Ruhr-University Bochum. For further information, you may check: www.securityandtrust.lu and https://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/research/cryptolux


Research Associates (Postdocs) in symmetric cryptography


  • Ref: RCREQ0003739
  • Fixed-term contract 3 years (CDD), full-time 40 hrs/week
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Start day: September 2020


The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the next phase of the evolution of the Internet towards a network that integrates the physical world into the virtual world. This evolution creates a strong demand for lightweight cryptographic algorithms that are suitable for devices with extreme resource constraints, e.g. RFID tags or wireless sensor nodes. In 2018, the NIST announced an initiative to standardize lightweight authenticated encryption schemes and hash functions in an open process with public evaluation. The mission of the APLICA project is to contribute to the evaluation of the third-round candidates and the eventually standardized algorithms by analyzing their theoretical and practical security properties. More concretely, APLICA will contribute to the development of new cryptanalytic techniques that can be applied to lightweight authenticated encryption algorithms and hash functions, and to the design and implementation of new countermeasures against side-channel attacks, in particular differential power analysis, that are suitable for resource-constrained IoT devices.



Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree (or obtain a Ph.D. degree before September 2020) in symmetric cryptography or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record that includes at least one paper at an IACR-sponsored conference/workshop or one of the top-4 security conferences. Experience in software development for embedded systems and/or side-channel attacks is a plus. Candidates with an interest to conduct research in one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

- Cryptanalysis of authenticated encryption algorithms or hash functions

- Leakage resilience or leakage reduction by design (e.g. modes of operation)

- Security evaluation of leakage-resilient primitives or constructions



The position is available from September 2020 on basis of a fixed-term contract for three years, which includes a probation period of six months. The University of Luxembourg offers excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment and a highly competitive salary.


Applications, written in English should be submitted online and should include a cover letter explaining the candidate's research interests, a detailed CV (including photo), a list of publications, scans of diploma certificates, and the names and contact details of three references.

Deadline for applications: July 15, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

Link: http://emea3.mrted.ly/2h52s


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