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PQC Research Scientist - PostDoc - SandboxAQ

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Job Title
PQC Research Scientist - PostDoc
Job Location
Remote, Europe
Job Description

Ready to join the AQ era?

SandboxAQ is solving challenging problems with AI + Quantum for positive impact. We partner with global leaders in government, academia, and the private sector to identify applications that would benefit from quantum-based applications to current and future commercial challenges. We engage with customers early and throughout the development process to improve market fit.

Our team’s unique approach enables cross-pollination across a diverse range of fields, from physics, computer science, neuroscience, mathematics, cryptography, natural sciences and more! Our success comes from coalescing diverse talent to create an environment where experimental thinking and collaboration yield breakthrough AI + Quantum solutions. Join a culture where thought leadership, diverse talent, employee engagement, and technological impact will create the next tech uproar.

We are deeply committed to education as a means to advance quantum solutions and computing initiatives. We invest in future talent through internship programs, research papers, developer tools, textbooks, educational talks/events and partnerships with universities/talent hubs to attract multi-disciplinary talent. Our hope is to inspire people from all walks of life to be prepared for the quantum era and encourage a path in STEM.

Job Summary

The Sandbox team is looking for a PostDoc resident to help design and analyze the next generation of cryptographic constructions. Candidates with backgrounds in all areas of cryptography (in IACR terms: PKC, FSE, CHES, TCC, RWC, …) are encouraged to apply. In particular, we are both interested in candidates with an applied/implementation background and candidates with a more theoretical background. 

A successful candidate will be comfortable with the design and construction of post-quantum cryptography, with the cryptanalysis of post-quantum primitives and/or the design of cryptographic protocols in a post-quantum world. 

They will be part of a diverse team consisting of cryptographers, mathematicians, ML experts, and physicists, where they will play a key role in efficient and effective enablement of the technologies being developed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Design and analyze new post-quantum cryptographic primitives or protocols
  • Present the work to broad audiences from academic to industry
  • Work closely with the engineering team to integrate research outcomes into the product portfolio
  • Potentially implement and validate cryptographic constructions and/or protocols

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Cryptography or Mathematics, Computer Science or related field with a strong focus on cryptography
  • Successful track record in the field of cryptography
  • Strong background in post-quantum cryptography
  • Understanding of cryptographic protocols, practical constraints for cryptography, recent developments across the field. 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in C, C++, Rust, Golang or Python/SageMath
  • Experience contributing to open source projects
  • Knowledge of formal methods applied to cryptographic implementations

Other Details

  • Location: Remote, Europe
  • Start date: Year-round, on a rolling basis
  • Duration: 1 - 3 years

SandboxAQ welcomes all.

We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where we have zero tolerance for discrimination. We invest in our employees' personal and professional growth. Once you work with us, you can’t go back to normalcy because great breakthroughs come from great teams and we are the best in quantum technology.
We offer competitive salaries, stock options depending on employment type, generous learning opportunities, medical/dental/vision, family planning/fertility, PTO (summer and winter breaks), financial wellness resources, 401(k) plans, and more. 
Equal Employment Opportunity: All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
Accommodations: we provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in job application procedures for open roles. If you need such an accommodation.

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Palo Alto, CA

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SandboxAQ Company Size

Between 100 - 500 employees

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    $500,000,000 USD