Project 11: Quantum communication protocols in optical networks

Host Institute: University of Vigo

Project Supervisor: Prof. Marcos Curty

Tentative placements/visits arranged at:  Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)

Starting date: flexible but strictly no later than 1 Oct 2017

Duration: 3 years

Annual Salary: Equivalent to €36,424.32 + €7,200 (for mobility allowance) + €6,000 (for family allowance, if eligible); this is before any applicable tax and/or deductions.

Project Description

While the most well-known example of quantum cryptography is undoubtedly QKD, there are many other potential cryptographic applications that could exploit quantum-mechanical effects to outperform current classical solutions. A PhD position is available on a project to investigate some relevant examples of such protocols in order to evaluate their feasibility, security and performance with current technology. The range of protocols considered includes, for instance, quantum digital signature schemes, secure identification schemes, and quantum communication complexity protocols that lead to savings in the required amount of communication and storage of information when compared to their classical counterparts. The goal is to identify practical scenarios where such schemes can outperform classical cryptographic solutions and find suitable implementable designs for them. The work will be carried out in close connection with other relevant partners in the network.


Candidate profile

Education: Top Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or expecting) in science or engineering

Relevant Research Fields: Quantum Optics, Quantum Information, Communications Systems, Cryptography

Languages: English (Excellent)

The candidate should be willing to travel to and collaborate with all, beneficiary or partner organisation, members of the network.

Eligibility rules

For full explanation of eligibility rules please see here. In short, eligibility rules require candidates to have been resident outside the host country (Spain) for at least two of the past three years prior to the start of their contract. They should also be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree that would entitle you to embark on a PhD. The candidates cannot have a PhD degree at the time of recruitment, but it is possible to be a PhD student and still satisfy the above condition.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, follow the instructions below:

  • Fill out the application form.
  • Send an email to mcurty(at)  containing
    1. a statement of interest;
    2. a detailed CV; and
    3. three letters of recommendation and/or the name of at least three reference persons, who can be contacted to provide letter of recommendation.