University of Bergen

Department of Informatics

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Researcher position in Cryptology

There is a vacancy for a position as a researcher in Cryptology at the Department of Informatics in the Selmer Center for secure and reliable communications. The position is for a period of 2 years and is connected to the project Modern Methods and Tools for Theoretical and Applied Cryptology (CryptoWorld) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.


About the department

The Department of informatics has seven research groups that deliver research and education at a high international level in algorithms, bioinformatics, information security, machine learning, optimization, programming theory, and visualization. All the groups are successfully cofounded by research grants, among others by the European Research Council (ERC). The department has been rated first in Norway with respect to quality of science by the Research Council of Norway in all external evaluations so far. All faculty members are expected to contribute to excellence in teaching and to further increase international visibility and reputation through high quality research. The department offers state of art education at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.


About the project/work tasks

  • Analyse, design and implement symmetric cryptographic primitives for ensuring security in communication networks that utilise lightweight devices.
  • Advance the theoretical understanding of the use of NLFSRs for the needs of symmetric-key cryptography and research the opportunities for the use of NLFSRs in lightweight cryptography.
  • Advance the theoretical understanding of code based cryptology and post quantum security.
  • Establish new methods of algebraic cryptanalysis in symmetric key cryptography.
  • Contribute to building a strong research group within Department of Informatics

 Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within the area of mathematics or computer science.
  • Proven research experience in cryptography, especially in mathematical methods of cryptology.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
  • The applicant should show strong scientific potential for doing research on a high international level.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

 We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 515 200. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)
  • Good welfare benefits

 Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • Candidates must submit a research description (1-3 pages) where they present their research achievements and also show how they would address the scientific objectives given above in work tasks.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Closing date for application: December 1, 2018.


General information:

For further details about the position, please contact:

Professor emeritus Tor Helleseth, phone (+47)55584160, email:

or the Head of Department Pinar Heggernes, phone (+47)55584175, email


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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