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Postdoctoral Fellow in Cryptography at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the job

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cryptography, supervised by Jiaxin Pan, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU starting in 2022. The concrete start date is negotiable and we encourage applicants who are in the final year of their Ph.D. to apply. .

The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the project “Realistic Cryptography for Large Scale Applications”. The position is for 4 years with teaching (4 courses) or 3 years without teaching. The workplace will be in Trondheim. The position has travel funds for conferences, workshops and winter/summer schools.

You will report to Jiaxin Pan.

Job duties

  • The successful candidate will be required to conduct research on public-key cryptography and provable security, particularly for digital signatures, zero-knowledge proofs, and post-quantum cryptography.
  • The candidate must publish their results at high-level cryptography and computer security conferences (such as Crypto, Eurocrypt, ACM CCS, etc.)
  • The candidate will collaborate with the mentor and other researchers on related topics.
  • The position will be involved in the activities of the NTNU Applied Cryptology Lab (NaCl). NaCl is a cross-departmental platform for cryptology research activities, and it includes researchers from IMF (Department of Mathematical Sciences) and IIK (Department of Information Security and Communication).

Selection criteria required

  • The candidate must have obtained (or must be about to obtain) a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate. Final year doctoral students are invited to apply. Then employment will be deferred until the PhD is completed.
  • The candidate must have relevant professional experience in cryptography.
  • A track record of publications at high-level conferences is expected, for example, publications at Crypto, Eurocrypt, Asiacrypt, IEEE S&P and ACM CCS.
  • Good written and oral English skills.

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning state employees and civil servants and the national guidelines for the appointment as doctor, post-doctoral fellow and research assistant.

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experience working with digital signatures, zero-knowledge proofs, post-quantum cryptography (e.g. network-based or isogeny-based cryptography) and identity-based encryption is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate

  • is structured, focused and solution-oriented
  • is self-starter with a strong ability to work independently when required
  • has a proven ability to work with an interdisciplinary and international team
  • has good diffusion abilities
  • has a positive and friendly attitude

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 553,500 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The position is funded for 3 years by the Research Council of Norway through the “Realistic Cryptography for Large-Scale Applications” project. The department can offer you 1 more year with teaching duties.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is subject to external funding from the Research Council of Norway.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

The request must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • Academic work – published or unpublished – that you would like to see considered in the assessment (up to 3 items)
  • Research plan
  • Name and address of three arbitrators

If all or part of your training was completed abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Jiaxin Pan ([email protected]).

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number 2022/6965 when applying.

Application deadline: 31.03.2022.

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

We are Norway’s largest university environment in the mathematical sciences. The Department has a special responsibility for all basic training in the mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level.
Our goal is to meet society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in research and education. The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Deadline March 31, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Project

place of service Trondheim