The Cryptography and Privacy Engineering Group (ENCRYPTO) at the Department of Computer Science of the Technische Universität Darmstadt is offering a position for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoc) in Cryptography and Privacy Engineering

for doing cutting-edge research in applied cryptography and in particular secure multi-party computation. The full position is available immediately and for the duration of initially up to 2.5 years from the start.

The mission of the ENCRYPTO group is to demonstrate that privacy can be efficiently protected in real-world applications. For this, we bring theory into practice by using methods from applied cryptography and algorithm engineering to develop protocols, tools, and software prototypes to efficiently protect sensitive data in various application scenarios. See for details.

As a postdoctoral researcher at ENCRYPTO, you will do research, build prototype implementations, and publish and present the results at top conferences and journals. You are involved in project management and co-advise doctoral researchers. You are involved in our teaching activities and supervise thesis students and student assistants. We provide an open and international working environment for excellent research in a sociable team. TU Darmstadt is ranked as a top research university for IT security and cryptography in Europe and computer science in Germany. The position is based in the “City of Science” Darmstadt, which is very international and livable, and well-connected in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt. Initially, no knowledge of German is necessary, and TU Darmstadt offers a Welcome Center and corresponding language courses.

The full position is co-funded by the ERC Starting Grant “Privacy-preserving Services on the Internet” (PSOTI). In PSOTI (, we will build privacy-preserving services on the Internet which includes protocols for privately processing data among untrusted service providers using secure multi-party computation for which we will build a scalable framework.

Your Profile

  • You have completed a PhD degree (or equivalent) from a top university in IT security, computer science, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, or a similar field
  • Publications at top venues (CORE rank A*/A) for IT security/applied cryptography (such as S&P, CCS, NDSS, USENIX SEC, EUROCRYPT), ideally on cryptographic protocols and secure computation, are required
  • Experience in software development, project management, and supervising students is needed

We require that you are self-motivated, reliable, creative and able to work in a team. We expect that you want to do excellent research on challenging scientific problems with practical relevance. As the working language of the ENCRYPTO group is English, you must be able to discuss, write, and present scientific results in English, whereas knowledge of German is not required for this position.

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

How to Apply

Your application must consist of a single PDF document containing a letter of motivation that states why you are interested and qualify for this particular position, your current curriculum vitae and list of publications with CORE rankings, certificates (PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc., high-school diploma) with detailed transcripts of records and grades, and two letters of recommendation (or names who can write them). Please send your complete application with subject “Application Postdoc: YOUR NAME” to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schneider ( If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact him before. This job announcement with links is available at

Code No. 417

Published on

September 14, 2020

Application deadline

October 31, 2020