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PhD and postdoc positions at Leuven University

| | 2015.06.11. 12:23:54  Székely Iván  

The Katholic University of Leuven offers a PhD postition within a project focused on developing an anonymous communication infrastructure for mid-latency, message based communications, ideally from September 2015. See project description and contact details below.

Project Description

PANORAMIX is an EU H2020 project that aims to develop a multipurpose infrastructure for privacy-preserving communications based on "mix-networks" (mix-nets) and its integration into high-value applications. Mix-nets protect not only the content of communications from third parties, but also obscure the identity of the senders or receivers of messages, through the use of cryptographic relays. Mix-nets are necessary for implementing strong privacy-preserving systems and protocols. PANORAMIX aims to realize, integrate and demonstrate the use of an infrastructure for mix-nets in the context of three high-value applications. The objectives are: (1) Building a Mix-Net Infrastructure, creating a mix-network open-source codebase; (2) use this infrastructure to implement private electronic voting, where anonymity is necessary to guarantee ballot secrecy, and verifiability is needed for holding fair, transparent and trustworthy elections; (3) apply the infrastructure to privacy- aware cloud data-handling, in the context of privacy-friendly surveys, statistics and big data gathering protocols, where protecting the identity of the surveyed users is necessary to elicit truthful answers and incentivize participation; and (4) apply the infrastructure to privacy-preserving messaging, where two or more users may communicate privately without third parties being able to track what is said or who-is-talking-to-whom.

The project consortium includes leading academic and industry partners, including KU Leuven, University College London, University of Athens, University of Tartu, and SAP.

Research Topic

Modelling, design, analysis, and implementation of anonymous communication systems. The first task of the student will be to identify the feature set, security and performance tradeoffs in mix-nets. Secondly, the student will investigate methods to efficiently and securely anonymize mid-latency, bidirectional message-based communications. This involves analysing the robustness of mix-net designs towards a variety of adversary models and attacks, and proposing secure designs and configurations. Further, the student will investigate how differential privacy definitions and mechanisms can be adapted to the context of mix-nets.  The student will also contribute to the implementation of the developed methods in a mix-net infrastructure, as well as to the implementation of a privacy-enhanced messaging application that runs on this infrastructure.

Profile and Skills Required

The candidates should hold a master degree in Mathematics, Engineering, or Computer Science have good grades and have a keen interest in computer security and privacy. Fluency in English is an absolute must. Preferably to have passed courses in Cryptography and/or Computer Security.  The applicant should be a team player with the capability to work in an international research team. The candidate should be prepared to deliver high quality research results, attend project meetings with industry partners abroad, work according to tight deadlines and write project deliverables.

To apply, please send following documents (in pdf) to

• Curriculum Vitae
• Motivation letter
• List of publications
• Relevant research experience
• Study curriculum with rankings
• English proficiency
• Pdf of diploma and transcripts (translation if the original is not in Dutch, English, French or German)
• 1 page research proposal describing which research questions you would like to work on
• Names (and e-mail) of 2 reference persons and the nature of contact with them

Webpage group:
Application page:

Tags: postdoctoral research position, PhD position, mix-net


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Security/Privacy PhD position at the University of Regensburg

| | 2014.05.27. 18:59:47  Székely Iván  

A full-time position for doctoral students has been announced by the University of Regensburg for the period 2014-2018 in the research area "Security and Privacy in Smart Environments". The project is run by FORSEC, a research consortium of German universities and research institutions. Although no deadline has been announced, the job already starts in the summer of 2014, so if you are interested, submit your application soon to

Tags: privacy, PhD position, security, smart environments


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More than 20 PhD scholarships in Darmstadt!

| | 2011.07.23. 20:12:55  Székely Iván  

The Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt has >20 openings for its PhD scholarship program in several areas of IT Security.

Application deadline is August 15th, 2011.

One of the areas is PRIVACY AND TRUST, which comprises informational self-determination, privacy, data protection, privacy-enhancing and transparency-enhancing technologies, trust and trust management, reputation and recommendation systems, from a technical and legal perspective. And more, if you can think of more ...

For more information please check


Tags: PhD position, darmstadt, transparency-enhancing technologies


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PhD job announcement in the Fraunhofer Institute (short deadline)

| | 2011.02.24. 15:27:32  Székely Iván  

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
(<>) is looking for a

Social science or economics graduate (male or female)

for its "New Technologies" competence centre to commence as soon as possible. He/ she will work, inter alia, in the EC-funded project “Supporting fundamental rights, prIvacy and ethics in surveillance technologies” (SAPIENT). In the context of this study, he/she will have the opportunity to write a PhD thesis on privacy and data protection-related impacts of smart surveillance technologies.

He/she will work on further projects aiming to analyse scientific-technical, economic, social and political aspects of the development and use of Information and Communication Technologies, also at the interface with nanotechnologies, life sciences, and environmental and energy technologies. These analyses aim to provide scientific strategic advice to decision-makers in politics and industry.

Applicants should have successfully completed an appropriate degree in social science, economics or other surveillance and privacy-relevant disciplines (e.g., technology and culture, sociology, media studies). Very good knowledge of English and computer skills, as well as the willingness and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and to acquire a good command of German are pre-conditions.

You will find interesting projects in the areas of policy, industry and technology, a communicative and friendly team of colleagues, and an excellent technical and administrative support infrastructure. Employment terms, remuneration and social security benefits are in accordance with the TVöD (collective wage agreement for German public sector employees).

The employment contract is limited to one year at first but can be extended for three more years.
Closing date: Mach 4, 2011
Reference No. ISI – 2011-9

Contact for your application:
Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung
Gudrun Krenický
Breslauer Straße 48
76139 Karlsruhe

Tags: PhD position, social sciences, economics, surveillance


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