The Department of Electrical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology has an open PhD position in the field of Quantum Cybersecurity under the framework of the CAT-2 programme on Quantum Network Testbed - https://quantumdelta.nl/accelerate-in-detail/.
The position is embedded within the new Center for Quantum Materials and Technology (QT/e) under supervision of PI prof.dr.ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy.
Goal and Background - TU/e QKD testbed and development of evaluation site
At the TU/e campus, we are developing a world-class testbed to enable the integration of classical, and in particular coherent optical transmission with Quantum key distribution (QKD) systems. QKD offers the means to increase the security of next-generation optical communication systems or even ensure unconditionally security in combination with one-time pad encryption. The interest in QKD has risen in recent years, primarily due to the rapid progress in computation hardware, lower cost of data storage, and maturity of quantum computing technologies. The most mature QKD systems are based on single-photon detection schemes; however, continuous variable (CV) QKD has recently received a lot of interest for several reasons [1,2,3]. It may be implemented with off-the-shelf hardware from coherent communication technology, promising low cost and integrability to classical, and optical coherent transmission networks. Quantum Delta  funds this particular project on developing Quantum Testbed under the CAT-2 programme on Quantum Network Testbed - https://quantumdelta.nl/accelerate-in-detail/
This novel testbed will address several critical applications with stringent key performance indicators (KPIs) and requiring high cybersecurity, e.g., robot-to-robot communication, fronthaul to a robot, robot-to-drone, broadcasting, city security, 3D-communications, 5G automated vehicle driving, to name but a few. As such the candidate will draw from current and ongoing EU and National Projects from several groups at TU/e on 5G, Quantum secured 5G networks BRAINE and Quantum secure authentication project - NWO SMOKE and others. All activities are cross-collaborating in setting up the Quantum cybersecurity test-bed environment.
Research Challenges in the Quantum cybersecurity
The Eindhoven Quantum Testbed will be rolled out across the TU/e campus using locally deployed optical fibres; besides, the testbed is expected to expand into a regional network interconnecting local nodes. Operating QKD alongside classical optical signals presents several challenges such as handling the impact of impairments such as loss, noise and scattering from classical optical channels. Furthermore, the project aims at developing and contributing with standards and procedure for validation and certification of quantum cybersecurity systems and end-to-end links. Another ambition of the project is to contribute to translating current bulky systems in concepts for further miniaturization for systems-on-chip.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's top technological universities, in the heart of one of Europe's largest high-tech innovation ecosystems - the Eindhoven Brainport region. Research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence and a strong real-world impact through close collaboration with high-tech industries.
The candidate will be employed at the Terahertz Systems -ECO group - of the Department of Electrical Engineering. This position is also embedded within the new Center for Quantum Materials and Technology (QT/e) at TU/e which consists of principal investigators from Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics & Computer science departments- https://research.tue.nl/nl/organisations/center-for-quantum-materials-and-technology-eindhoven-qte. The Terahertz System group is also part of the Institute for Photonics Integration.
We are looking, therefore for a strong researcher for a PhD candidate to:
Conceiving, simulating and demonstrating physical layer quantum security systems, with improved rate and robustness to overall systems impairments
Translating, simulating and proposing novel systems-on-chip implementations
Support the tests, validations and field trials in the CAT-2 testbed
The candidate for this position will closely cooperate with other doctoral students and researchers within the Center for Quantum Materials and Technology at under supervision of Pof.dr.ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy
The candidate will contribute to the CAT-2 project reporting, scientific publications and dissemination activities related to the preparation of new proposals for a grant to national and European projects.
The candidate is expected to interact with TU/e and Dutch teams in efforts of establishing and operating the joint activities in the Eindhoven QKD testbed and CAT-2 project.
PhD candidates should have a Master's degree or equivalent technical experience
The successful candidate is expected to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following subjects:
Knowledge of classical optical fibre and/or RF communication systems
Knowledge of classical cybersecurity systems
Experience in fibre-based quantum key distribution or cryptography
Experimental and theoretical knowledge of quantum communication
Knowledge of photonics, and/or electronic integration
Self-motivation in scientific research
Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
Information and application
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof.dr.ir (i.tafur.monroy[at]tue.nl) for more details.
See here for information about terms of employment.
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