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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cryptography Through the Lens of Quantum Information Science

Location

Information Technology Laboratory, Computer Security Division

RO# Location
50.77.31.C0556 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

name email phone
Carl Alexander Miller carl.miller@nist.gov (301) 975-5306

Description

With the advent of quantum technology, the landscape in the science of cryptography is changing. New cryptographic solutions need to keep pace with a technology that is based on fundamentally new concepts. This research opportunity is concerned with expanding the knowledge base for cryptography in a quantum era. The focus will be on mathematics and theory. Particular topics of interest include: post-quantum cryptography; quantum random number generation (QRNG) and quantum key distribution (QKD); position-based cryptography; and cryptography based on near-term quantum computing devices. Research will be conducted in cooperation with the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) at the University of Maryland.

[1] Miller, Carl A. "The impossibility of efficient quantum weak coin flipping." In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing, pp. 916-929. 2020.

[2] Miller, Carl A., and Yaoyun Shi. "Universal security for randomness expansion from the spot-checking protocol." SIAM Journal on Computing 46, no. 4 (2017): 1304-1335.

Keywords:
Post-quantum cryptography; Quantum cryptography; Security proofs; NISQ devices; Position-based cryptography

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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