Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cryptographic Voting Systems

Trondheim, Norway
24 May 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2018
IE 122-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher position at the Department of Mathematical Sciences (IMF) at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE). The successful candidate will be offered a two-year position. The work place will be in Trondheim.

About the project

The position is connected to the project «Secure, Usable and Robust Cryptographic Voting Systems». This is a joint project between NTNU and the University of Luxembourg, funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Luxembourg National Research Fund. The goal of the project is to study the security of cryptographic voting schemes.

Work description

Traditional voting has some significant limitations. From a security viewpoint, it has relied heavily on trust in the election officials, which in turn restricts independent verifiability and high assurance regarding confidentiality of votes. In addition, traditional voting has problems regarding errors in counting, accessibility, and timeliness.

Although cryptographic voting systems have been proposed almost 30 years ago, and deployed in many countries more recently, there remain major obstacles to their widespread adoption. As we have seen in recent years, voting systems sometimes fail and they are susceptible to a range of attacks, even in established democracies.

This project will investigate the security of voting systems and increase our assurance in state-of-the-art voting systems. In particular, the project will study user confidence in cryptographic voting systems, security proofs for such systems, as well as options for long-term security (including post-quantum security).


The postdoctoral fellow must hold a PhD in a relevant cryptographic field. PhD students completing their degree during 2018 are also invited to apply.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Terms of employment

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. The candidate must adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU. 

The position as postdoctoral fellow follows code 1352, and is remunerated at level 57 on the Norwegian government salary scale, with a gross salary of NOK 490 500 a year. A pension contribution of 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

For further information about the positions, please contact Kristian Gjøsteen ( or Colin Boyd (

The application

The application must be sent electronically through this page ( with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file). Mark the application with the IE code given below.

The application must contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. In addition, the applicant must submit a research statement (max. 5 pages), detailing research interests and initial plans with regard to the above project description. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious).

The application must contain:

Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience, and a full list of publications with bibliographical references

  • Research statement (max. 5 pages) including:
  • How the applicant sees his/her background as relevant for the project,
  • The applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the project
  • How the competence of the applicant can contribute to solving these challenges
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
  • For applicants who have not yet completed their degree, a statement  of how and when the applicant plans to complete the degree.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Signing of the employment contract should happen within October 1, 2018.

The application deadline is: June 18, 2018.

Mark the application: IE 122-2018.

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 153320
  • Internal ID 2018/14529
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Project

About applications

  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on
  • You must complete: Standard CV
  • Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!

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