[tor-project] Starting a Ph.D. in September

Alison macrina at riseup.net
Wed Apr 13 19:53:00 UTC 2016

> Hello,
> I'm very happy to announce I'll be starting a position as a Ph.D. researcher
> in Applied Cryptography at the Institute for Computing and Information
> Sciences of Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, starting in September this year.
> I'll be working with Lejla Batina as my supervisor, and Joan Daemen and Peter
> Schwabe as advisors.  My topic is broadly "make tor's crypto better".  More
> specifically, it's "make tor post-quantum"; beyond that, it could reasonably
> include working with other cryptographers to design some of the weirder
> constructions which tor needs, e.g. the 509-byte chained wide-block cipher
> that Nick's been going on about.
> The position lasts for four years, but covers only 50% of my time, because my
> supervisor and I are in full agreement that it would be more beneficial — both
> to Tor and to my thesis — if the other 50% of my time is spent doing development
> for Tor.
> As a non-academic, I feel that this is a somewhat unique opportunity.  I've no
> desire to publish papers just for the sake of publishing something with my
> name on it — I care about improving Tor.  My hope is that this Ph.D. results
> in the design and implementation of things that we've needed for a while.
> Best Regards,
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Yayyyy!!! Congratulations Isis! Such exciting news!


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