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PhD Position on Side-Channel Attacks on Quantum Devices Used in Quantum Networks

    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/10/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam


Are you fascinated by security? Are you willing to take on the challenge of securing the next generation of computer systems and networks? Do you like to work in a team of young researchers? We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research on side-channel attacks against quantum devices used in quantum networks and beyond.

Quantum technologies are being developed at a fast page. On the one hand, progress on the development of quantum computers poses a serious threat for our security infrastructure, especially for public-key cryptography. On the other hand, quantum components bring novel opportunities since they will be integrated in our networks and could bring novel security functionalities. However, quantum components are mostly experimental, and their security is yet to be studied and assessed in depth. In particular, little is known about their susceptibility against side-channel and physical attacks and, as a direct consequence, we do not know if and which countermeasures can be applied.

This PhD position will study the problem of side channels and physical attacks against quantum devices, understanding the extent to which they could be considered a threat and exploring potential methodologies to counteract and mitigate them. In collaboration with experimental physicists, experiments on real quantum devices are expected to be carried out to assess their robustness.

The PhD position will be within the Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group but will be carried out in close collaboration with the Complex Cyber Infrastructure (CCI) group and the multiscale network (MNS) groups of the Informatics Institute. The position is a part of the Quantum Delta NL groeifonds project CAT-2, development of a national quantum network and will also involve collaboration with the experimental and theoretical partners of the CAT-2 project.

What are you going to do

You are expected to:

  • carry out original research in the field of design for security;
  • have strong analytical and technical skills;
  • have an interdisciplinary mindset and an open and proactive personality in interacting with researchers from different disciplines;
  • be active in the fundamental and/or applied research area, publishing in high level-international journals and presenting at leading conferences;
  • take part in ongoing educational activities, such as assisting in a course and guiding student thesis projects, at the BSc or MSc level;
  • be open to collaborations with other groups, institutes and/or companies by contributing expertise to (joint) research projects.

More Information


We offer a temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting as soon as possible for the duration of 18 months. After a satisfactory evaluation the contract will be extended and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). You will get a customized Training and Supervision Plan, that will be evaluated every year.

The salary will be €2,443 to €3,122 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). The 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus are not included in this amount. A favorable tax agreement, the '30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

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Selection process

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV, your cover letter and the names of three references. The selection process commences on 1 July 2022, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this is prior to the final date of the application window.

Applications should include (in one single PDF document):

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position;
  • a list of all university courses taken, including a transcript of grades;
  • a report from a research project you have done (e.g. your Master thesis);
  • the name and contact details (including email address) of two or three referees who can provide details about your profile (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).

Please submit your application using the link below. Please use the CV field to upload the PDF document specified above (and do not submit a separate document with a cover letter). We will only consider applications that are complete and that have been submitted in this manner.

Potential candidates will be invited for a phone interview.

Additional comments

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • A MSc degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering (or related disciplines).
  • A strong scientific interest in security, in particular in side-channel and physical attacks.
  • The willingness to work in a highly international research team.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and good presentation skills.
  • Prior experience in side-channel and physical attacks.
  • Basic knowledge of quantum technologies is a plus (but not required).

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EURAXESS offer ID: 794236
Posting organisation offer ID: 313467


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