Post-doctoral researcher position

Cryptography & blockchain

Ref. 2019-10

Project description

We are seeking to fill a post-doctoral researcher position at IBM Research – Zurich in the field of cryptography & blockchain. Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Blockchains and distributed-ledger technologies
  • Verifiable computing and zero-knowledge proofs
  • Foundations & solutions for real-world cryptography.

The position, which is available immediately, will be partially or fully funded by the EU H2020 project PRIViLEDGE, which focuses on privacy in distributed ledgers.

The successful candidate will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work in a collaborative and creative group in an exclusive research environment.

The Industry Platforms and Blockchain group at IBM Research – Zurich offers an exciting research environment with the opportunity to collaborate with researchers working on various aspects of security and cryptography, including blockchain, lattice-based cryptography, provably secure protocol design and system security. In addition, the Industry Platforms and Blockchain group has been leading IBM contributions in security and privacy components of Hyperledger Fabric, the first permissioned blockchain platform to be released. This offers unique opportunities to researchers to derive research problems from the real world and see their research results applied in real systems.

Cooperation with other academic and industry researchers within IBM as well as acquisition of external research funding, such as European grants (including ERC), is also possible and encouraged.

The position offers the opportunity to live in the Zurich area, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five cities with the highest quality of life.


Candidates are required to have a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field by the time of appointment and an outstanding research record, demonstrated in the form of publications at top cryptography or security conferences (Crypto, Eurocrypt, CCS, S&P etc.).


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable all genders to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

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