Research Associate in Theory and Implementation of Novel Quantum Cryptographic Protocols

Research Associate in Theory and Implementation of Novel Quantum Cryptographic Protocols, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (University of Cambridge)

Salary: GBP 31,604 p.a. – GBP 38,833 p.a.

Closing date: 19 November 2017

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We hope to be able to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, subject to funding, to work on the theory and implementation of novel quantum cryptographic protocols, in collaboration with experimental groups participating in the UK Quantum Technology Hub QCOMM. The project also includes a commercial partner, Cambridge Quantum Computing, who will advise on and support commercialization of the project work. The project is funded by the QCOMM Quantum Technology Hub. It will support a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations on a project headed by Prof Adrian Kent.

Duties include working on the development and implementation of specified cryptographic protocols, in collaboration with members of the QCOMM Hub, under the direction of Prof Kent. Duties may also include pursuing additional individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects relevant to the project. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own project work and administration, with guidance where appropriate, to liaise independently with experimental groups and other collaborators, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. He or she must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. He or she may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction, plan and deliver seminars relating to the research area.

The successful candidates should ideally have or expect imminently to attain a PhD in some aspect of quantum information science and should have research experience in the theory of quantum key distribution and other areas of quantum cryptography theory, including familiarity with security analyses for experimental cryptosystems. Some experience of collaboration with experimentalists working on practical quantum cryptosystems would be very helpful.

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To submit an application for this vacancy, please visit: This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of at least two and preferably three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that your referees supply references by the closing date and are made aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

The starting date will be by mutual agreement, ideally as soon as practically possible.

Limit of tenure: up to two years The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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