As Austria's largest research and technology organisation for applied research, we are dedicated to make substantial contributions to solving the major challenges of our time, climate change and digitisation. To achieve our goals, we rely on our specific research, development and technology competencies, which are the basis of our commitment to excellence in all areas. With our open culture of innovation and our motivated, international teams, we are working to position AIT as Austria's leading research institution at the highest international level and to make a positive contribution to the economy and society.
Our Center for Digital Safety & Security is looking for new Ingenious Partner for our location in Vienna. Our experts from the Center for Digital Safety & Security are developing state-of-the-art information and communication technologies to ensure that our systems are highly secure and reliable in the context of comprehensive digitalisation and global networking – Hereby we focus on a variety of key technologies like Distributed IT Systems, Internet of Things, IoT, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain Technologies, Quantum & Photonic Technologies, Wireless Systems (6G) and Digital solutions for crisis & disaster management.

In our research field Cyber Security, part of the Competence Unit "Security and Communication Technologies" we focus on various aspects of security, including anomaly detection, cyber ranges, penetration testing, and cryptography. Our cryptography team is conducting research in various directions, including secure communication, privacy-enhancing technologies, and long-term and post-quantum security.

Scientist (m/f/d) in Cryptography (Limited to two years)


  • You will conduct research in the design and analysis of cryptographic protocols, preferably with a focus on distributed primitives (e.g., MPC, threshold cryptography, …), and develop prototypes of the designed primitives and systems.
  • You will engage in research collaborations and contributing to the group’s R&D project portfolio.
  • You will publish your scientific outcomes in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Finally, you will contribute to the supervision of interns and students related to your research topics.
  • You will be able to interact with research and industrial partners on national and international levels on exciting topics, allowing you to continuously enhance your own knowledge and skills.
  • Thanks to your motivation, innovative solutions, and expertise in this specific field, you will actively shape the field of safe autonomy.
  • You will have the opportunity to present your research at international research conferences.
Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:
  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Cyber Security, or a related field, with a specialization on cryptology
  • Profound knowledge in one or more of the following areas: secure multi-party computation (MPC), fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), threshold cryptography, distributed algorithms, privacy-preserving machine learning, verifiable computation
  • Strong track record with publications at competitive academic conferences or journals
  • Good knowledge of a programming language (e.g., C/C++, Rust, Java, Python) and software development is a plus
  • Very good written and oral English skills; knowledge of German is not a requirement but willingness to learn German is expected

What to expect:
The minimum gross annual salary for a full-time position (38,5 hours / week) according to the collective agreement is EUR 59.164,--. The actual salary will be determined individually, based on your qualifications and experience. In addition, we offer company benefits, flexible working conditions, individual training and career opportunities.

At AIT diversity and inclusion are of great importance. This is why we strive to inspire women to join our teams in the field of technology. We welcome applications from women, who will be given preference in case of equal qualifications after taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances of all applications.
The review of applications starts immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Please submit your application documents including CV, motivational letter, certificates, and full contact data of at least 2 references online.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Stephan Krenn, stephan.krenn(at)ait.ac.at
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