PhD on Fieldlab for Quantum Cryptography Evaluation in Industrial Use-cases

PhD on Fieldlab for Quantum Cryptography Evaluation in Industrial Use-cases

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1 Dec 16 Apr Eindhoven

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Testbed for Quantum Safe Communications

Secure communications and networking are one of the bedrocks of modern life and many applications which we take for granted today - think banking, connected transport, digital medical records, governmental and military communications - would be unthinkable should the trust in modern communication systems be lost. As quantum technologies progress rapidly, the growing scale of quantum computers threatens to cause such a loss of trust as current cryptographic technologies and protocols will no longer be secure. Preventing this threat requires adoption of quantum safe cryptography in the form of post-quantum crypto (PQC) algorithms and protocols and/or through the use of quantum key distribution (QKD). TU/e Eindhoven has established a testbed for quantum safe communications where QKD and PQC are evaluated and tested. The testbed evaluates QKD and PQC and their combination into real-world applicable quantum safe communication solutions and investigates their integration with classical communication networks.

We are seeking candidates for a PhD research position at TU/e. The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the regional testbed, to establish new optical attack vector techniques for characterizing the security of QKD optical components in their interface to other QKD component systems, to contribute to the development of interfaces to upcoming use-cases and to establishing security profile/certification evaluation techniques. The activities are carried out within the 'Fieldlab Quantum Cryptography Solutions for Safe Society - FIQCS' and are aligned with the use-case developments in the CAT-2 project of QDNL. Therefore PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with the CAT-2 working group on use cases development and test-bed deployment.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Computer Science, or Telecommunications related area with strong cybersecurity background.
  • A research-oriented attitude, with a passion for application-driven scientific problems and impactful solutions.
  • Experience with quantum or classical cryptography is strongly desired.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V36.6120


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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