Call for PhD Student in cryptography at Simula@UiB

Application deadline: 
15 June 2018

Call for PhD Student in cryptography at Simula@UiB

Simula@UiB ( has a three-year PhD position available in the field of cryptography. The position is associated with the project “qsIoT: Quantum safe cryptography for the Internet of Things”, awarded by the Research Council of Norway.

The earliest starting date is July 1, 2018.

Project Description

If a full-scale quantum computer is constructed, it will break the most popular cryptographic key exchange protocols and public key cryptographic algorithms. Hence, there is a need for new quantum safe solutions. The goal of the qsIoT project is to develop cryptographic primitives and protocols that resist attacks by quantum computers. The project focuses on quantum safe solutions that realize trusted and secure communication even when subjected to the restrictive limitations imposed by Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

Candidate Profiles

Simula@UiB is interested in candidates who have the following academic qualifications:

  • A BSc degree in computer science or mathematics or related areas.
  • A completed MSc degree in computer science or mathematics. We will also consider applicants who are in the final phase of their Master studies, but in this case, we require that (a) an “almost finished” draft of the Master thesis is attached to the application, (b) that the complete thesis has been handed in at the start of employment, and (c) that the candidate formally completes the Master’s degree within one month after employment start.

We expect an excellent academic track record, including top grades. Prior knowledge of cryptography and information theory is an advantage, but a lack of such knowledge may be compensated for by a demonstrated ability to learn advanced topics in related areas. Finally, we are looking for a curious and creative mind.

The candidates will have to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills, and show the willingness to work as part of an international team. Simula@UiB is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

About Simula@UiB

Simula@UiB AS is a research center owned by Simula Research Laboratory AS and the University of Bergen (UiB). The goal of Simula@UiB is to increase the security expertise in Norway through research and education in cryptography and information theory. Our office is located in downtown Bergen. Simula@UiB works with its parent company Simula and the department of informatics at UiB. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway has repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation was recently published, grading all research groups at Simula as excellent. The department of informatics is ranked as the number one ICT research institute in Norway (The Norwegian Research Council, 2012).

We offer:

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high-quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment
  • Good office facilities located in downtown Bergen
  • A competitive salary

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • A cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests and how/why the candidate is qualified for the position
  • Curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications, and software development experience)
  • Academic transcripts including a copy of Master thesis
  • Contact information of two references, including the Master supervisor(s)
  • The starting date is negotiable, but not before July 1, 2018. However, applications will be screened continuously, and a decision will be made as soon as we find the right candidate
  • Application deadline: June 15th, 2018


Enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Øyvind Ytrehus (