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PhD position for the ID_IOT (IDentification for the Internet Of Things), Netherlands


The project Dentification for the Internet Of Things is a cooperation between TU Eindhoven, INRIA (France) and the University of Geneva. The topic is privacy-preserving algorithms for authentication and identification of huge numbers of low-power devices.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will contain a huge number of devices and objects that have very low or nonexistent processing and communication resources, coupled to a small number of high-power devices. The weakest devices, which are most ubiquitous, will not be able to authenticate themselves using cryptographic methods. Other important tasks in the IoT will be to verify if an object is authentic, or to identify an object. Our plan is to address these issues using Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs). PUFs, and especially Quantum Readout PUFs, are ideally suited to the IoT setting because they allow for the authentication and identification of physical objects without requiring any crypto or storage of secret information. Furthermore, we foresee that back-end systems will not be able to provide security and privacy via cryptographic primitives due to the sheer number of IoT devices. Our plan is to address these problems using privacy-preserving database structures and algorithms with good scaling behaviour. Approximate Nearest Neighbour (ANN) search algorithms, which have remarkably good scaling behaviour, have recently become highly efficient, but do not yet have the right security properties and have not yet been applied to PUF data. Summarised in a nutshell, the project aims to improve the theory and practice of tech- nologies such as PUFs and ANN search in the context of generic IoT authentication and identification scenarios.

The promotor will be prof.dr. Sandro Etalle. The daily supervisor will be dr. Boris Skoric (

Job requirements

We are looking for a motivated candidate who has a MSc in mathematics, computer science, theoretical physics or a related discipline.

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • full-time employment as a PhD-candidate for a period of 4 years;
  • a gross salary of € 2.191 per month in the first year increasing up to  €2.801  in the fourth year;
  • annually 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance;
  • support with your personal development and career planning including courses, summer schools, conference visits etc.;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, child care, moving expenses, savings schemes,      coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 October 2016

PhD position for the ID_IOT (IDentification for the Internet Of Things) : PDF

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Posted on 2016-10-21 12:30:14

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