Uk: PhD Studentship in Cryptography

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Non-interactive zero-knowledge proofs can be used to demonstrate that a
statement is true, without revealing anything else. Non-interactive
zero-knowledge proofs have numerous security applications. Examples are
identification protocols, where a user proves that they know a secret
password without revealing the password itself, or internet voting
protocols, where a voter demonstrates that they have cast a valid vote
without revealing what the vote is.

This project aims at developing non-interactive zero-knowledge proofs
with high efficiency and with advanced security properties. Another
goal is to apply non-interactive zero-knowledge proofs in new security
applications.

Supervisors
Dr Jens Groth
BT Prof. Yvo Desmedt

About the Candidate
The ideal candidate should have a strong background in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related field.

About the Position
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Jens Groth and BT Professor Yvo
Desmedt of University College London, located at Adastral Park. The
position will be funded by EPSRC. For eligible candidates, the funding
will cover UCL tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend of at least £14,600 per annum for 3 years. Candidates from outside the EU will be required to pay the difference.

Application and Information
If you wish to apply for this studentship please use the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission/.
Make sure you specify PhD: "Non-interactive Zero-Knowledge Proofs,
Adastral Park Campus" on the part of the form that asks what you are
applying for. Please ensure you mark the department as "Adastral Park"
in your application and the name of the supervisor as Dr. Jens Groth.

Please also e-mail copy of your transcripts and a CV to c.churcher ‘at’ adastral.ucl.ac.uk
with the title "[PhD Studentship in NIZK proofs – by Jens Groth]", or
send by post to Mrs C Churcher, UCL Adastral Park Postgraduate Campus,
Ross Building PP3, Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3RE,
UK.

Informal enquiries may also be directed to Jens Groth, j.groth@ucl.ac.uk with the title "[PhD Studentship in NIZK proofs]".

The search will begin on 1st October 2008 and the closing date is 31st December 2008.

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