Open Position at MPI-SP and RUB in Quantum/Cryptography (PhD/Postdoc, 100%)

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy and Ruhr University Bochum are looking for an outstanding PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher, as part of the CASA cluster of excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct theoretical research at the intersection of quantum information and cryptography. Examples of possible areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Quantum information theory
  • Quantum and post-quantum cryptography
  • Mathematics and geometry of cryptographic problems
  • Representation theory and optimization

To be eligible for a PhD position, the candidate must have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent (or be close to completing one) in computer science, mathematics, physics or related fields. Outstanding candidates with a Bachelor degree will also be considered.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
  • An outstanding track record in classes related to quantum information, cryptography, and/or mathematics and theoretical computer science in general.

Publications (or manuscripts under submission) in related areas are a plus.

Postdoctoral candidates will also be considered, in which case the candidate is expected to carry out independent research in an area related to the topics described above. To be eligible, the candidate should have a publication record in top conferences/journals in cryptography, quantum information, or mathematical physics.

The Max Planck Institute and the Ruhr University are co-located in Bochum (Germany) and offer a vibrant atmosphere for research that spans across many areas of computer science and mathematics. The Ph.D. program is entirely in English; knowledge of German is not required.

The successful candidate will be a member of the research groups of Giulio Malavolta and Michael Walter.

The position is fully funded (100%) and paid according to the E-13 pay category (E-14 for postdocs). The starting date is negotiable, but ideally in fall 2022.

To apply for the position, please send one email to both Giulio Malavolta and Michael Walter including the following documents in a single PDF file:

  1. Curriculum vitae (including transcripts and list of publications).
  2. Electronic contact details of 2-3 potential references (e.g., previous advisors or employers) who would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation.
  3. A brief cover letter (half a page at most) describing your research interests.
  4. Any other relevant material (e.g., Master thesis draft)

Applications received before June 30 will receive full consideration. Late applications will be considered until the position is filled.