Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in informatics – applied cryptology

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in informatics – applied cryptology

At the Department of Informatics, there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position in informatics – applied cryptography. The position is for a fixed term of 3 years, financed by the National Security Authority.

About the department

Digitization of businesses, industry, public administration, and education makes informatics play an increasingly important role in the development of the society. Research and education in informatics are crucial for the digital transformation of the society to succeed. The Department of informatics contributes to this through seven research groups that deliver research and education at a high international level in algorithms, bioinformatics, information security, machine learning, optimization, programming theory, and visualization. All the groups are successfully co-funded by research grants, among others by the European Research Council (ERC). The department offers state of art education at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Due to the central role informatics plays in society, the department is in rapid growth, in the number of students, research directions, and employees. We have today about 700 students, and 150 employees, among which 35 are faculty and 50 PhD candidates. We recently founded the Center for Data Science (CEDAS) as an important extension of our research and education activities.

About the project/work tasks:

All employees of the department are expected to contribute to excellence through high quality research and teaching.

The working environment for this position is the Selmer Center in Secure Communication. The Selmer Center is one of the top ICT research groups with main research in areas of cryptography, Boolean functions, coding theory, information security, sequence design and quantum information theory.

The primary work task of this position is research in one or more of selected areas within applied cryptology: symmetric-key cryptology, post-quantum cryptology, cryptology for emerging technologies, side-channel attacks/countermeasures, implementation aspects of cryptography, and provable security of symmetric primitives.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or equivalent within cryptology. PhD students may apply if defence of their PhD thesis is completed by 1 December 2020. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Extensive research experience in applied cryptology is a requirement
  • Applications must have a proven track record and a strong publication list within one or several of the following areas:
    • symmetric-key cryptology such as block ciphers, stream ciphers, hash functions, message authentication codes, authenticated  encryption schemes, etc.
    • post-quantum cryptology
    • cryptology for emerging technologies such as IoT and public ledger/blockchain
    • side-channel analysis, whitebox cryptography, countermeasures
    • implementation aspects of cryptography in software or hardware
    • provable security of symmetric cryptographic primitives and modes of operation
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased up to one year. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department.

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60 – 65 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 4) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 300 – 583 900. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of scientific publications

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge by 15.09.2020.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Prof. Andrey Bogdanov

For HR related matters, please contact Lene Sørheim

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.


About The University of Bergen (UiB) 

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

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15th September 2020

Post expires on Tuesday September 15th, 2020