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2 Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral Researchers in Homomorphic Encryption and Privacy Preservation

Funder: Horizon Europe
Deadline: 17 June 2024 at 12:00 (noon) Irish time

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The Cryptography Research Group at University College Cork (UCC) is looking for two highly motivated Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral Researchers in homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation and privacy preservation. The researchers will be employed on the Horizon Europe project “SECURED”, aimed at scaling up the secure processing of health data, and will focus on homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation, and (de-)anonymisation and how they can be efficiently used in the e-health context. The Principal Investigator of the project in UCC is Dr. Paolo Palmieri.
Candidates should hold a PhD degree in cryptography or related area, with a good track record of publications. Ideally, they will have experience in one or more of the following areas: homomorphic encryption/secure multiparty computation, lattice-based and post-quantum cryptography, differential privacy, and (de-)anonymisation. Candidates with a background in other areas of cryptography/privacy/security, but with a strong interest in homomorphic encryption, anonymity or differential privacy will also be considered. A strong mathematical background is expected, complemented with programming skills. Experience with relevant libraries such as SEAL, HElib etc. is an asset.
The positions are until December 2025, with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funding. The successful candidates will be appointed at Post-Doctoral or Senior Post-Doctoral level depending on their experience and qualifications. A budget for travel, equipment, publications and other research expenses is available as part of the project.
The Cryptography Research Group is led by Dr Paolo Palmieri and consists of 8 researchers at doctoral and post-doctoral level. The hired researcher will be encouraged to collaborate with other members of the group, and to take a mentoring role with some of the more junior researchers. There will also be ample opportunities to work with other partners in the SECURED project (including some of the top research groups in cryptography, both in industry and academia), as well as with the group’s extensive network of international collaborations.

Contact: Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Paolo Palmieri, at:

How to apply: Applications should be submitted through the University portal at (search for reference number: 077671). E-mail applications cannot be considered.

Deadline: June 17, 2024 at 12:00 (noon) Irish time. Early applications are encouraged.