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Postdoc and PhD student in Cryptography (Mix-Nets)

The cryptography group at the Institute of Computer Science of University of Tartu seeks a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student in computer science. The positions will be supporting a EU H2020 project on mix-nets (PANORAMIX) for applications like electronic voting, secure messaging, and statistics gathering. The postdoctoral researcher should have a strong track record in cryptography, and in particular in the design of efficient zero knowledge proofs and/or e-voting and mix-nets. The PhD student is expected to have a MSc degree or equivalent, and strong background in mathematics and/or theoretical computer science, with some background in cryptography.

Successful candidates will help to design and evaluate cryptographically secure mix-nets and perform other research duties to help with the project, coordinate and advise partners on implementing research prototypes (the candidate may or may not participate in implementing), and ensure the smooth administration of the project including the timely delivery of research output. (Some of these duties apply only for the postdoctoral researcher.) We expect candidates to be able to develop and devote significant time to their own research agenda around the theme of the project.

The EU H2020 project PANORAMIX requires travel to and collaboration with colleagues throughout the European Union. Full travel and equipment budget is available to support the activities of the project.

University of Tartu (est. 1632) is a research-intensive university that promotes academic freedom and aims at becoming one of the top institutions in its region. The University's Institute of Computer Science counts circa 550 students and 60 full-time academic and research staff, out of which a quarter are international. Our cryptography group has a strong track record in research. Tartu is also a location of several research-heavy IT companies, one of which is focusing on e-voting.

For any inquiries or to apply for the positions, submit a full research curriculum-vitae (cv), names of two references, and a research statement (obligatory for the postdoctoral researcher) to Prof Helger Lipmaa ( clearly indicating the position sought.

The call for expressions of interest will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed. However, the project starts from September 1, 2015, and will last for three years. In the case of interest, the candidates may later seek further employment but this is not necessarily guaranteed.

Research Fellow of Coding Theory [closed]

The Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, Estonia, is looking for a research fellow for a project on design and decoding of LDPC codes. The ideal candidate will have strength in one or more of the following areas:

  • LDPC codes and iterative decoding algorithms
  • Optimization methods applied to error correction
  • Mathematical foundations of coding theory
  • Any area related to coding theory

The University of Tartu is a leading research-intensive university in the Baltics. Thanks to industry and government agencies support, its Institute of Computer Science has being rapidly expanding in the last years.

The project is a collaboration with the University of Bergen, Norway, and the University of Valladolid, Spain. Responsibilities will include conducting research aligned with the project and supervising Masters and PhD students. The working language will be English.

Salary is at least 2000 euro per month before taxes plus social benefits, depending on qualification and experience. Some travel money will also be provided. Cost of living in Estonia is quite low, see e.g. cost of living in Tartu. The employment contract is for two years.

A successful candidate should:

  • Hold a Ph.D. degree
  • Have a strong background in coding theory or a related field
  • Have an international publication record at outstanding venues

To apply, please submit the following documents by email to the Personnel Office at

  • Application letter
  • Research statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Copies of documents about academic degrees

For the formal advertisement and application rules please see [[|the official page].

Additionally, please arrange for two letters of reference to be sent directly to (make sure they reach us by the application deadline).

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2014.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions.

Contact: Vitaly Skachek, e-mail, see homepage.

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Researcher (postdoc) in cryptography [Closed]

The Cryptography group at the University of Tartu, Estonia, is looking for a researcher (postdoc) in cryptography, preferably with strengths on one of the following topics:

  • Theory of cryptography
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Mathematics (applied to cryptography)
  • Verification
  • Any other area that complements the existing team

The Cryptography group in Tartu (senior members: Dominique Unruh, Helger Lipmaa, Sven Laur) does research on a variety of cryptography related topic, such as quantum cryptography, verification, foundations of cryptography, cryptographic protocols, e-voting, etc. On the coding theory side, we also have Vitaly Skachek.

Researchers at U Tartu are full faculty members. Salary is 2000 euro (cost of living in Estonia is quite low, see e.g., with an employment contract for three years.

A successful candidate should:

  • Hold a phd degree
  • Have a strong background in cryptography or a relevant related field
  • Have an international publication record at outstanding venues

To apply, please submit the following documents (by email):

  • Letter of motivation
  • Research plan
  • Two letters of reference (make sure they reach us by the application deadline)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Phd degree

Deadline for applications: 1 November 2013

Do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions.

Contact: Dominique Unruh, e-mail see

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