PhD student in Symmetric-key Cryptography

Deadline: Open

Simula UiB AS

Simula UiB AS is a research centre owned by Simula Research Laboratory AS and the University of Bergen (UiB). Simula UiB has a close collaboration with leading universities in Norway and abroad, both in terms of research and education of master’s and PhD students. One of the goals of Simula UiB is to increase the cyber security expertise in Norway through research and education in cryptography and information theory.

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Simula UiB is a research centre in Cryptography and Information Theory located in Bergen, Norway. We are currently looking for an outstanding candidate for a PhD researcher position in the area of symmetric-key cryptography. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof Carlos Cid, towards a PhD degree from the University of Bergen. The research topic will be one of the following:

  • Design and analysis of dedicated symmetric-key ciphers for privacy-preserving mechanisms (e.g. MPC, FHE, ZKP schemes); or,
  • Quantum cryptanalysis of symmetric-key primitives.

Simula UiB currently has 13 Early Career Researchers working on a range of research problems in cryptography and information theory and can offer a vibrant, stimulating and inclusive working environment to the successful candidate.

This is a 4-year position, with the student dedicating 25% of their time to compulsory work related to their research area. Examples of compulsory work include teaching courses, outreach activities and applied research experiments – the particular nature of the compulsory work will be discussed and agreed with the candidate at the time of start.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for a candidate who has recently completed, or is about to complete, a master’s degree in cryptography, mathematics, or a closely related field. The master’s degree must have been awarded, with good results, before their start in the PhD position – in particular the candidate must satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The candidate must be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate their potential for conducting original research in cryptography. We expect the successful candidate to have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both writing and speaking. Finally, the candidate must have good inter-personal skills, and show willingness and ability to contribute to Simula UiB’s dynamic and inclusive working environment. Simula UiB is an equal opportunity employer.

Simula UiB offers:

  • Excellent opportunities for conducting high-quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of researchers.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment.
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks.
  • Modern office facilities located at Marineholmen in the city centre of Bergen.
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 501 200.
  • Numerous employee benefits, including access to company cabin, Baby Bonus arrangements, sponsored social events, equipment budget, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy.
  • Relocation assistance, including complimentary Norwegian language courses.
  • Healthy wellness and work-life balance arrangements.


Interested candidates should provide:

  • Cover letter, outlining the motivation for applying for this position and pursuing a PhD in cryptography, research interests, experience and qualifications of relevance for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae, summarising educational background and relevant work experience, as well as contact information of two referees.
  • Academic transcripts for the candidate’s undergraduate and master’s studies, and copy of any research work that the candidate may have worked on (e.g., master’s project dissertation, academic articles).

Applications will be screened continuously. We may conclude recruitment as soon as we find the right candidate. The starting date is negotiable.


For additional enquiries about this position, please contact Carlos Cid (carlos@simula.no)

Administrative enquiries: bergen@simula.no

More information:

Candidates that may be eligible for a security clearance in Norway will be prioritised.

Simula UiB uses Semac’s background check in our recruitment process. Employment for this position will be made according to the act relating to Control of the export of strategic goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and any attachments are considered to be in conflict with the export control regulations will not qualify for this position.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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