EngD Position in a groundbreaking project with Dutch Tax Authority to Design a (Post) Quantum Cryptography Toolset and Frame...

EngD Position in a groundbreaking project with Dutch Tax Authority to Design a (Post) Quantum Cryptography Toolset and Frame...

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The rapid evolution of computing technologies, particularly quantum computing, has raised significant concerns about the security of traditional cryptographic methods. Public sector organizations, including the Dutch Tax Authority (Belastingdienst), rely heavily on various applications and infrastructure to manage sensitive data. To address the imminent challenges posed by quantum computing, we are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Engineering Doctorate (EngD) candidate to lead this groundbreaking project.

The primary objective of this project is to create a functional toolset and framework, to empower Dutch Tax Authority to assess the maturity and vulnerability of their application landscape and infrastructure concerning emerging cryptographic challenges and guide them in the transition to the secure paradigm of Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC).

The success of this project will contribute to the overarching goal of the Engineering Doctorate program: advancing engineering practice through innovative, applicable solutions to real-world challenges.

The following questions will be addressed:
  1. What are the specific vulnerabilities in existing cryptographic methods when exposed to quantum computing threats, and how do these vulnerabilities affect the security of applications and infrastructure within the Dutch Tax Authority's ecosystem?
  2. What criteria and metrics should be established to determine the maturity level of cryptographic mechanisms within applications, enabling a structured evaluation of their readiness to transition to post-quantum cryptography?
  3. What strategies and methodologies should be adopted to facilitate a smooth transition from traditional cryptographic methods to post-quantum cryptography, ensuring both security and operational continuity within the Dutch Tax Authority's ecosystem?


University of Twente (UT)


We look forward to welcoming a dedicated researcher to contribute significantly to advancing cybersecurity in the public sector and pioneer secure digital transformation in an era of rapid technological change.

We are searching for the best MSc graduate with:
  • A strong background in computer science, information security or related fields.
  • Familiarity with cryptographic concepts, including quantum computing and cybersecurity protocols.
  • Proficiency in programming languages (e.g., Python, Java) and experience with software development.

Important professional skills are:
  • Dutch and English language skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective communication and collaboration abilities, including stakeholder engagement.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor-made post-master design program with a combination of education (50%) and working on a design project (50%). You will be primarily based at the premises of the Dutch Tax Authority.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary of €2.618,- per month.
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree EngD and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • max. €2618 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1533


University of Twente (UT)

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