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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 jobs-cosic@esat.kuleuven.be.

• 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


Contact: Claudia.Diaz@esat.kuleuven.be
Webpage group: http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/cosic/
Application page: http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/cosic/?page_id=401

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

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PET Researcher Opportunities at NICTA, Sydney

| | 2012.11.01. 21:00:40  Székely Iván  

NICTA's Network Research Group is looking for researchers and post-docs with experience in privacy enhancing technologies, in line with its current work in this area http://www.nicta.com.au/research/projects/trusted_networking/ . Successful candidates will contribute to the research activity at NICTA.

NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd) is Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence. Its primary goal is to build and deliver excellence in ICT research and commercial outcomes for Australia. Since NICTA was founded in 2002, it has created five startups, developed a substantial technology and intellectual property portfolio, and continues to supply new talents to the ICT industry through a NICTA-supported PhD program. With 5 laboratories around Australia and over 700 staff, NICTA is the largest organisation in Australia dedicated to ICT research.

Accountability and Associated Responsibilities:

  • Achieve the highest international standards of research.
  • Publish results of research in top tier venues targeted at security and privacy e.g. S&P, CCS, USENIX Security, NDSS, PETS etc.
  • Participate in supervision and review of PhD students.


Essential Requirements:

  • PhD qualification in a relevant area of CS, Engineering, or related fields.
  • Proven research experience in privacy enhancing technologies.
  • High quality publications in top tier journals and conferences relevant to privacy enhancing technologies.


Salary and conditions are commensurate with experience. The positions are based at the ATP Laboratory in Sydney, Australia. Applications will be considered as they arrive and the start date is negotiable.

For further information please contact Roksana Boreli roksana.boreli(at)nicta.com.au or Arik Friedman, arik.friedman(at)nicta.com.au .

Tags: pet, postdoctoral research position

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Post-doc positions in PETs at JRC, Italy

| | 2012.03.05. 15:01:39  Székely Iván  

The European Commission's joint research centre (JRC) in Italy is looking for two "Category 30" grantholders to work in the area of privacy, in a small multinational research team. The posts will be for between 1 to 3 years, the conditions of employment are available here.
JRC needs people who have recently completed a Post Doctorate course of study - or have  5 years of research experience. The salary seems to be around €50k gross, which comes down to perhaps €2k6 (14 times per year).

See the link for all JRC applications.

The two individual posts on privacy-related studies are:

1) 24/02/2012 - IPSC (Ispra) - Post-doc researcher (Cat.30): Digital Identities, Authentications and Signatures CALL REFERENCE NO.: 2011-IPSC-30-1


2) 27/02/2012 - IPSC (Ispra) - Post-doc researcher (Cat.30): Privacy and Security in a smart digital world CALL REFERENCE NO.: 2012-IPSC-30-2

Applications may be sumitted through this digital portal.

Tags: pet, postdoctoral research position

Permalink: https://pet-portal.eu/blog/read/445/2012-03-05-Post-doc-positions-in-PETs-at-JRC-Italy.php

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Postdoctoral position in privacy-enhancing technologies - start date is negotiable

| | 2011.08.17. 11:14:37  Székely Iván  

The Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research group at the University of Waterloo is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of privacy-enhancing technologies, preferably on the topic of privacy-preserving communications systems. This position will be held in the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a related field, and should have a proven research record, as demonstrated by publications in top security and privacy venues (such as Oakland, CCS, USENIX Security, and NDSS) and/or top venues specific to privacy-enhancing technologies (such as PETS).

The start date of the position is negotiable. The position may be for one or two years.

Applicants should submit a CV, a research plan, two or three selected papers, and the names and contact information of three references.

For further information about the position, or to apply, please send email to Ian Goldberg <iang@cs.uwaterloo.ca> with "Postdoctoral position" in the subject line. Applications may be considered as they arrive.

For more information about the CrySP group or the Cheriton School of Computer Science, see http://crysp.uwaterloo.ca/ and http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/ respectively.

Tags: postdoctoral research position, privacy enhancing technologies

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Post-Doctoral Research Position: Privacy in Pervasive Communications at EPFL (Switzerland)

| | 2011.02.24. 12:31:02  Székely Iván  

Opening for a Post-Doctoral Researcher: Privacy in Pervasive Communications

EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland
School of Computer and Communication Sciences

Mission: Contribute to the research efforts of the group, involving many interactions with PhD students, senior researchers, faculty members and external partners (industry or academia); some participation in teaching is also expected.

The research activities will mainly revolve around the design and the validation of protocols and algorithms to protect privacy in upcoming wireless networks, with an emphasis on cooperation aspects.

Working language: English (the knowledge of French is not required).

Starting date: to be agreed upon, possibly in summer or fall 2011.

Application date: preferably before March 1st, 2011

Complete text of the opening description:
http://lca.epfl.ch/information/jph/PostDocOpening.pdf

Contact person: Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux
http://people.epfl.ch/jean-pierre.hubaux

Tags: postdoctoral research position, protocols

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Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Human Factors of Information Technology Privacy

| | 2011.02.24. 12:24:00  Székely Iván  

The School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral scholar/researcher to conduct research in Human Factors issues associated with preserving privacy in information technology.

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating human centered aspects of privacy in computing. The purpose of this project is to investigate people’s perceptions of privacy including individual understanding of how personal information is collected, accessed, and what contextual variables influence self disclosure online.

Applicants should possess a PhD in Engineering Psychology, Human Factors, Human Centered Computing, HCI, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Media Studies, Communication or a related field with a strong background in usable security and privacy, research methods (e.g., experimental design), statistics, and/or mobile application development. Applicants should have experience conducting independent research, a record of communicating research results via publications and presentations, and be willing to participate in collaborative, interdisciplinary research while at residence at Indiana University.

The position is full time, in residence at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a salary of $40,000   $50,000 plus generous benefits and funding for project travel. Preferred start date is June 1st, 2011. The position is for 1 year and will be jointly supervised by Dr. Kelly Caine and Dr. Apu Kapadia. Review of applications will begin early March 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

The IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing is the first of its kind and among the largest in the country, with a faculty of more than 60 full time members, and more than 400 graduate students. The School has received public recognition as a “top ten program to watch” (Computerworld) thanks to its excellence and leadership in academic programs, interdisciplinary research, placement, and outreach. Located in the wooded, rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is a culturally thriving college town with a moderate cost of living. It is renowned for its top ranked music school, performing and fine arts, historic campus, cycling traditions, active lifestyle, and natural beauty.

When applying, please submit a cover letter, CV, and a relevant sample of published or submitted work. All application materials should be sent either via email or by mailing a hard copy:

Kelly Caine
Principal Research Scientist
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
caine@indiana.edu

Mailing address:
Kelly Caine, Informatics West, 901 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN  47408

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Tags: postdoctoral research position, interdisciplinary research

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