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Kindred Capital
Kindred Capital

Postdoctoral Researcher



Tokyo, Japan · Paris, France · Japan · France · Oregon, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

💼 About the role

Here at PQShield we are at the forefront of Post-Quantum Cryptography that is changing how the world operates. We’ve helped shape all of the first international PQC NIST standards, and we were the first cybersecurity company to develop quantum-safe cryptography on chips, in applications, and in the cloud.

We are looking for a bright and ambitious Postdoc to join PQShield's R&D team, focusing on advancing post-quantum secure messaging. This 2-year position, preferably starting before July 1st, 2024 , offers the opportunity to contribute to exciting research in Tokyo, Japan or Paris, France. While physical presence in these locations is preferred for collaboration with our researchers, remote work arrangements can be negotiated.

⚒️ What you’ll be doing

The primary responsibility of this position will be to advance the state of post-quantum secure messaging such as Signal and Message Layer Security (MLS). While the main focus is to conduct groundbreaking research, we encourage and support translating academic research into tangible contributions, such as proposals to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for standardisation.

While you will mostly collaborate with a group, it is preferred that you have some of the following backgrounds to ensure a smooth start into the project:

  • Previous involvement with secure protocols are helpful to better understand the open problems posed by post-quantum secure messaging.
  • Ability to conduct formal security proofs and to propose new security models are important to handle a complex protocol such as secure messaging.
  • A general knowledge of lattice-based cryptography is preferred to understanding the pros/cons compared to classical cryptography.

In addition to cryptographic expertise, we seek candidates with:

  • Previous experience working with diverse teams on projects that cover various cryptographic fields.
  • PhD qualified in Cryptography.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a diverse team.

🏆Some of the perks of working with us:

  • Unparalleled opportunities to learn and accelerated career development.
  • A collaborative, team environment with people who truly love what they do.
  • Flexible and hybrid working, and a working from home budget.
  • Private health insurance for yourself and your family.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays and two wellness weeks).
  • Location of work: Ideally Tokyo, Japan or Paris, France. However, this is negotiable. For instance, we may allow full remote work under the condition that the candidate spends a few weeks in the relevant area during launch of the projects.
  • Very generous package to allow for relocation to Tokyo
  • The chance to work with a spirited, smart, and friendly team!

PQShield is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We’re passionate about talent and proud to foster an inclusive environment; all applicants will be considered regardless of their gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and age.