The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a vacancy for a postdoctoral
fellow in Cryptography with expertise in provable security.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cryptography
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About the position
We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in cryptography, mentored by
Jiaxin Pan, at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU starting in May
2022. The concrete starting date is negotiable, and we encourage candidates
who finish their PhD within 2022 to apply.
The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main
goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.
The workplace will be in Trondheim. The position has travel money for
conferences, workshops and winter/summer schools.
Duties of the position
The successful candidate is expected to conduct research in public-key
cryptography and provable security, in particular, for digital signatures,
zero-knowledge proofs and post-quantum cryptography.
The candidate is expected to publish results at the top-tier conferences
in cryptography and IT security (such as Crypto, Eurocrypt, ACM CCS,
The candidate will collaborate with the mentor and other researchers on
the related topics.
The position will be involved in activities of the NTNU Applied Cryptology
Lab (NaCl). NaCl is a platform across different departments for research
activity in cryptology, and it includes researchers from IMF (Department
of Mathematical Sciences) and IIK (Department of Information Security
and Communication Technology).
Required selection criteria
The candidate must have completed (or must be close to complete) a
Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree
recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD. PhD students in their last
year are invited to apply. Then employment will be postponed until the PhD
degree is finished.
The candidate must have a professionally relevant background in
A track record of publications at high-ranking conferences is expected,
for instance, publications at Crypto, Eurocrypt, Asiacrypt, IEEE S&P, and
Good written and oral English skills.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for
appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.
Preferred selection criteria
Experience with working on digital signatures, zero-knowledge proofs,
post-quantum cryptography (e.g. lattice-based or isogeny-based
cryptography) and identity-based encryption is an advantage.
The successful candidate
is structured, targeted and solution-oriented
is self-driven with a strong ability to work independently when required
has a proven ability to work with an interdisciplinary and international
has good dissemination skills
has a positive and friendly attitude
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK
553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From
the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The position is funded for 3 years by the Research Council of Norway via the
project “Realistic Cryptography for Large-Scale Applications”. The department
might offer you 1 year in addition with teaching duties.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
The position is subject to external funding from the Norwegian Research
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical
career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee
will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research
may be reduced as a result.
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be
considered in the assessment (up to 3 items)
Name and address of three referees
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene.
Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000.
The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and
overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional
subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim
offers great opportunities for education (including international schools)
and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime
rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality
may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on
the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Jiaxin Pan,
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
2021/54018 when applying.
Application deadline: 07.11.2021.
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Department of Mathematical Sciences
We are Norway's largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The
Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in
mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We
focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international
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expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and
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