Faculty at CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Open Positions

Last update: May 21, 2022

I have several open positions. I’m looking for talented post-docs, PhD students, master/bachelor theses, and interns. I am interested in the design of end-to-end privacy-friendly systems that solve real-world problems. My research covers three broad areas:

If you are enthusiastic about working in any of these areas, please follow the instructions below.

Open PhD and Postdoc Positions

Applications for PhD and Postdoc positions should go through CISPA’s central application system. I evaluate applications on a continuous basis, but applying earlier is obviously better.

If you choose to apply, please mention that you are interested in joining my group in your cover letter. In addition, I’d appreciate it if you could send me a short email telling me that you applied.

CISPA’s PhD (and Postdoc) positions are funded full-time. Instead of me trying to convince you why doing a PhD at CISPA is great, I happily refer you to this great post by Andreas Zeller.

Theses and Projects

I also have several ideas for Master’s and Bachelor’s theses as well as for research internships. Please reach out to me via email if this interests you. Please include your CV, which position you are applying for, and a short motivation. I promise I will read all emails, but I might not reply to you due to a high volume of emails.


Can you show me some examples of your work?

Yes! Together with a broad team of great researchers, I worked on the design and analysis of privacy-friendly contact tracing systems. I designed the cryptographic protocols that formed the bases for all later contact-tracing apps. I also designed the CrowdNotifier protocol that enables privacy-friendly check-in for contact tracing.

I’ve also had the great pleasure to work with the [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)[https://www.icij.org/] and researchers at EPFL to help design and deploy a privacy-friendly document search system for investigative journalists.

If you want to know more, please see my publications page.

What are the requirements for a PhD Position?

What are you like as an advisor?

Excellent question! Choosing a advisor is very important. You should really ask my former students ;). I’d be happy to put you in touch once we’ve had our first meeting.