Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), 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 task is to design a protocol stack enabling the QKD devices to form a network, which can deal with dynamic network topology changes and route messages within the QKD device network. You are expected to document the protocols in industry standard format (e.g., similar to the RFCs).


  • Ph.D degree in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer
  • Engineering
  • Familiarity with major L3/L4 protocols in the Internet Protocol suite, including TCP, UDP, IP, ICMP, OSPF
  • Excellent understanding of flow control principles and mechanisms
  • Familiarity with security protocols including TLS and IPsec is a plus

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. 

Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

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