Two full-time Pre-doc positions

Doctoral Researcher Positions on Privacy-Preserving Access and Verifiable Utilization

Applications are invited for two full-time Pre-doc positions in the Security in Information Technology (SIT) Research Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner.

We are looking for candidates interested in working at the intersection of privacy engineering, and applied cryptography. This project addresses two central challenges in the provision of cloud services:

  1. client privacy
  2. verifiable metering and billing.

For challenge (1), we design and develop anonymous communication mechanisms for the cloud. For challenge (2), we build techniques for service verification and design an infrastructure for verifiable metering and billing, enabling clients to verify in real-time their service consumption and corresponding charges. By solving and combining both challenges we obtain privacy-preserving verifiable metering and billing.

The vacancy is within the Collaborative Research Center CROSSING, funded by DFG, the German Research Foundation. Collaborative Research Centers are institutions funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and are established at universities to pursue a scientifically ambitious, complex, longterm research program. The goal of the center CROSSING is to provide cryptography-based security solutions enabling trust in new and next generation computing environments. For more information about CROSSING please visit

As part of its research program CROSSING will develop an opensource software called OpenCCE which will allow users to deploy the developed solutions in a secure and easy way. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

How to apply:

Applications must include a professional CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, a detailed letter of motivation or research statement, and, if available, copies of two selected publications and two references. Applicants are kindly requested to send their applications to with the subject “Funded PhD position in CRC CROSSING” and a single pdf (< 10MB). The (strict) deadline to apply is December 31st 2018. Applications arriving after the deadline may still be considered if the funding is still available. The Technische Universität Darmstadt aims at increasing the number of female researchers and therefore explicitly encourages female postgraduate students to apply. Severely handicapped will be preferred, given equal qualification.