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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 ( 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 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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