Luxembourg : Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Cryptography and IT Security

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  • Ref. F1R-CSC-LAB-06LACS (to be replaced by budget code for FNR CORE project ACRYPT)
  • 3 year fixed-term contract, renewable one year
  • Student and employee status
  • Research will be conducted in the Laboratory of Algorithmics, Cryptology and Security (LACS) under the supervision of Prof. Alex Biryukov


Area: (potential topics of the thesis)


  • Lightweight cryptography for the Internet of Things
  • Design and analysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives (block ciphers, hash functions, etc)
  • Side-channel attacks and countermeasures
  • Efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms in hardware and software
  • Practical security aspects of RFID systems and wireless sensor networks


Your Role
  • Prepare a doctoral thesis in Cryptography and IT Security
  • Publish research papers at the top international conferences and journals
  • Assist in the administration of research projects (report writing, installation of software and tools, etc.)
  • Help with organizing science outreach activities (workshops, etc.)
Your Profile
  • Master degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Applied Mathematics with outstanding grades (GPA > 80%)
  • Solid background in algorithms and data structures, discrete mathematics, probability theory and statistics, software development, computer architecture, and information security
  • Hands-on experience in hardware design (VHDL, SystemC) or programming of embedded systems (AVR, MSP430, ARM, etc.) is a plu
  • Language skills: fluent written and spoken English. French, German or Luxembourgish is a plus


We offer
  • We offer to conduct research and collaborate with top experts in cryptography and IT security
  • Highly competitive salary and international working environment in the heart of western Europe
Further Information

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application online by clicking the button below. The application material should contain a cover letter explaining the candidate’s motivation and research interests, a CV (including detailed information about the obtained academic degrees and overall GPA in both the undergraduate and graduate program), as well as a transcript of courses and grades. Applications received by 15th January 2014 will be given full consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 January 2014

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