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Research Associate

Computer Science
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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
32,817 per year
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Role Description


The post is associated to the recent EU-funded project CiViQ "Continuous Variable Quantum Communications". The overall goal of this European project is to develop and implement protocols for quantum cryptography using optical quantum systems or continuous variables (CVs). York is involved in various work-packages and will contribute with theoretical derivations.


The role holder is required to undertake the duties below:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects   
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications,  seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed



First degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electronic or Electrical Engineering


Doctoral level research experience in quantum cryptography


PhD (or working towards) or equivalent qualification




Knowledge in continuous variable quantum cryptography to engage in high quality research


Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies


Knowledge of security proofs of quantum key distribution (QKD)


Knowledge of QKD security proofs with post-selection techniques




Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research


Experience of writing up research work for publication



This post is available on a fixed term basis for 22 months

Interview date: 16 December 2019

For informal enquiries: please contact Stefan Pirandola on

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