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PhD Studentship in Post-Quantum Cryptography

Imperial College London - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £24,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th March 2019
Closes: 11th June 2019
 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in post-quantum cryptography, with a start date of October 2019. The work will be based within the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Cong Ling.

Lattice-based cryptography has emerged as the most promising candidate of post-quantum cryptography. It compares favourably with current public-key cryptosystems based on integer factorization and discrete logarithm, which would collapse under quantum computing attacks. This is a central concern to our modern data-driven society.

Standardisation bodies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA), ETSI and ISO are in the process of developing standards of post-quantum cryptography.

This position is funded by HM Government and is available only to UK citizens. The studentship will last for 3.5 years and include tuition fees as a Home student and an attractive stipend of £24,000/year, plus a generous allowance for travel and subsistence.

In return, the student is expected to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for a reasonable amount of hours per week. The student will be paid at an hourly rate for all GTA work completed, in addition to the stipend. The ideal candidate should have a strong background and interest in several areas among number theory, coding theory, cryptography, and lattice theory. The candidate should have a 1st class MEng or MSc degree with distinction (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, computing, or a related subject. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. Prospective candidates may contact Dr. Cong Ling (c.ling@imperial.ac.uk) directly for further details.

To apply please send a detailed CV (including the names of two referees) and a covering letter explaining your current interests and relevant background to Dr. Cong Ling, preferably by email to c.ling@imperial.ac.uk or by post to Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ.

Please note that the successful candidate will be asked to submit a PhD research application to the Registry at Imperial College to ensure they have met the College’s admissions criteria.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

   
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