PhD position in informatics – applied cryptology

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PhD position in informatics – applied cryptology

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in informatics – applied cryptology at the Department of Informatics.The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year.

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 are expected to contribute to excellence through high quality research and teaching. The working environment for this position will be 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 position is within applied cryptology and will involve international-level scientific research and dissemination within that area. The exact project will depend on the skills and qualification of the successful candidate but will be from one of the following fields: symmetric-key cryptology, post-quantum cryptology, cryptology for emerging technologies, side-channel attacks, implementation aspects of cryptography, and provable security of symmetric primitives.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering or similar. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 1 December 2020. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Excellent background within fields such as mathematics as probability theory, mathematical statistics, and algebra is a requirement.
  • Proficiency in software development is a requirement.
  • Basic research experience (e.g. an internship or as a part of master program) within information security/cryptography is an advantage.
  • Practical professional experience within information security is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD position:

About the PhD position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 479 600, -. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • 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 for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master’s degree. Your master’s degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 01.12.2020.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • Approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list) if any
  • Any publications in your name incl. the bachelor and master theses

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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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About The University of Bergen

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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Deadline

15th September 2020

Post expires on Tuesday September 15th, 2020