Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Electronics and Computer Technology

    30/09/2022 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Luis Parrrilla, from the Department of Electronics and Computer Technology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2022 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2022 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0cmA).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 79 degrees, 188 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 127 departments and 22 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The edition of the ARWU 2021 places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 2nd highest ranked University in Spain (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmF), reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. The UGR stands out in the specialties of Library & Information Science (position 36); Food Science & Technology (39) and Hospitality & Tourism Management (51-75), according to the latest edition by specialties of this prestigious ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0bSp). A little below in the ranking, the UGR stands out in Mathematics (76-100) and Mining & Mineral Engineering (76-100).

Additionally, the UGR counts with 7 researchers are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmD), most of them related to the Computer Science scientific area. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 54th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 119 projects with total funding around 29.233 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The Department of Electronics and Computer Technology at the University of Granada comprises several research groups that cover fields ranging from nanoelectronics and electronic device physics to digital and instrumentation systems. The Department is also a leading force in the Electronics Engineering and Communications programs at UGR. On the other hand, the DiTEC Research Group is actually formed by four Faculty members and several graduate students. Our main research interests are related to the application of reconfigurable devices to different fields, which include cryptographic co-processors, smart instruments for biosignal processing, high-performance digital signal processing, and computer arithmetic.

Our infrastructure includes a research lab at the Faculty of Sciences with the required equipment for prototyping and testing of analog and digital electronic systems, and advanced FPGA evaluation boards. We are members of the “Digital Sensors, Instrumentation and Systems Laboratory” and the “5G LAB” at CITIC-UGR (http://citic.ugr.es/). Thus, a number of research facilities (from typical electronic prototyping and testing to advanced FPGA boards) are available to prospective candidates.

Project description:

Prospective candidates will work on the development of new algorithms and circuits for cryptographic co-processors, oriented to the post-quantum era. Advances in quantum computing make necessary to develop and implement new algorithms to ensure privacy of data and communications. In this sense, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a Call for Proposals for Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization, which is now in the round 3 phase. Thus, the proposed research will focus on the development of new algorithms and structures for the implementation of those cryptosystems in round 3. There will be two target developments: first, low-cost devices oriented to Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices requiring high levels of security; on the other hand, high-performance servers will be also targeted. In the case of IoT and IIoT devices, these cryptosystems, mainly oriented to Public Key Cryptography (PKC), will be combined with Lightweight symmetric ciphers in the final round of NIST lightweight cryptographic algorithm Call for Proposals. The resulting circuits will be tested through simulation and FPGA implementation, as well as semi-custom ASIC synthesis, and they will be included in a synthesizable HDL library.

Research Area:

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Luis Parrilla (luis@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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