Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), Key Management System (KMS) Postdoctoral position

This position is available immediately in Professor Mosca’s Research group. You will be working with a team of researchers and external parties on a project of integrating a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) network with a classical communication network. Your main tasks are to design and analyze a key management system (KMS), especially the core component: a) A key distribution protocol for a random pair of users in the classical communication network utilizing the keys generated by the QKD network, and b) A key distribution protocol for a random group of users in the classical communication network utilizing the keys generated by the QKD network.  You are expected to document the protocols in industry standard format. 


  • Ph.D degree in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Familiarity with key management systems
  • Familiarity with popular symmetric/asymmetric key distribution protocols/schemes
  • Strong crypto analysis capability

Quantum information science aims to develop transformational technologies that harness the power of quantum mechanics. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a world-leading institute for research in quantum information at the University of Waterloo. IQC has 24 faculty members whose research programs span the areas of Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Combinatorics & Optimization, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Pure Mathematics. IQC members have the opportunity to interact with other research groups at the University, such as the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research and the nearby Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. New infrastructure, including an advanced nanofabrication and metrology centre support an expansion of experimental research programs at IQC. We are based in the new Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, a state-of-the-art facility at the heart of the University of Waterloo campus, which provides unprecedented opportunities for research, collaboration and innovation.

The appointment will be for 6 months with the possibility of additional 6-month extension, pending on research funding.  The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Please submit your CV to michele.mosca@uwaterloo.ca.