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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Post-Quantum Cryptography

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, June 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Secure Systems Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey invites applications for a funded PhD studentship in post-quantum cryptography. These next-generation cryptographic systems are designed to withstand attacks by both quantum and classical computers. The envisaged areas of research include isogeny-based and lattice-based post-quantum schemes (and possibly others), focusing on their security, efficiency, applications as well as the underlying mathematics.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Robert Granger, whose main interest is computational number theory and its applications to cryptography and cryptanalysis. See https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/robert-granger

This project will commence on the 1st October 2019 and will finish on the 30th September 2022.

Entry requirements:
Essential:
- Ideally, a 1st class degree in mathematics or computer science
- Programming experience (any language)
- Basic knowledge of number theory
- Basic knowledge of cryptography
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, both in plain English and scientific language
Desirable:
- A master’s degree in mathematics or computer science
- Good knowledge of computational number theory
- Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics/computation/information theory
- Experience of conducting research

How to apply:
Formal applications can be made via https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/computer-science-phd The studentship title and supervisor needs to be clearly stated on your application.
Please submit: your CV; copies of all degree certificates and transcripts; the contact details of two referees (or arrange for their letters of recommendation to be emailed to ); and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for this studentship, according to the essential and desirable criteria.

Interviews will be conducted either in person at the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK) or via Skype.

Funding Notes

All university tuition fees will be covered with a stipend of £16,000 per annum for UK/EU citizens only.

References

https://csrc.nist.gov/Projects/Post-Quantum-Cryptography

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