Ph.D. position in blockchain systems

Cryptology and data security group, University of Bern

One Ph.D. position is available in the research group in cryptology and data security, led by Christian Cachin, at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Bern.

Our research addresses all aspects of security in distributed systems, especially cryptographic protocols, consistency, consensus, and cloud-computing security. We are particularly interested in blockchains, distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies, and their security and economics.

Candidates should have a strong background in computer science or mathematics. They should like conceptual, rigorous thinking for working theoretically, or be interested in building concrete systems for working practically. Demonstrated expertise in blockchain technology, cryptography, or distributed computing is a plus.

This position specifically addresses blockchain systems, consensus protocols, and their resilience in environments with weak network connectivity.

The position is available immediately and comes with a competitive salary. The selection process runs until suitable candidates have been found. The University of Bern conducts excellent research and lives up its vision that “Knowledge generates value”. The city of Bern lies in the center of Switzerland and offers some of the highest quality of life worldwide.

Applicants should hold a master degree, with strong expertise in computer systems, security, and networking. An application should contain a motivation letter, CV, references, and a list publications (if applicable). For standing out among the many applications that we receive, candidates should explain their unique capabilities or special strengths with respect to the position.

Application documents should be sent by email, with subject line set to Application for Ph.D., as one single PDF file, addressed directly to Prof. Christian Cachin at

For more information, please contact Christian Cachin (

  1. November 2019


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Due to the volume of unsolicited applications that we receive, we apologize that we cannot respond personally to all. Please note also that we do not offer short-term or internship positions.