IBM Zurich Research Laboratory

Security engineer: Applied cryptography

WorkplaceZurich, Zurich Region, Switzerland


IBM Research – Zurich

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Security engineer position

Applied cryptography

Ref. 2020_019

Project description

At IBM Research we are designing the future of secure systems. We are at the intersection of world leading research and a large portfolio of products, platforms and services. We are looking to expand our team to enable our leading edge research and help drive the next generation of innovation for our clients.

Concretely we are looking to fill software engineer/researcher roles at IBM Research – Zurich . Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Hardware Security Modules
  • Cryptographic libraries
  • Post Quantum Cryptographic algorithms
  • Foundations & solutions for real-world cryptography

The focus is more on the implementation of advanced cryptographic algorithms that include Quantum Safe Cryptography, Zero Knowledge Proofs, Functional encryption, partially homomorphic schemes. The desired skill is the ability to take a research concepts and engineer them into usable components and systems. This requirement includes applying modern devOps and security assurance methodologies.

The successful candidates will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work in a collaborative and creative group in an exclusive research environment.

The Quantum-Safe Cloud & Systems group at IBM Research – Zurich offers an exciting research environment with the possibility to cooperate with researchers working on various aspects of security and cryptography, including blockchain, quantum safe cryptography, provably secure protocol design, and system security. The group provides security innovation to a number of IBM product s including the Mainframe and Cloud platforms.

This position offers unique opportunities to impact real systems with leading edge research from world class researchers. The positions also offer the opportunity to live in the Zurich area, which is consistently ranked as one of the top five cities with the best quality of life.


Candidates are required to have an advanced degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and demonstrate an outstanding development or research record.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. With us you will find an open, multicultural environment. Excellent flexible working arrangements enable all genders to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply

To apply for the position please send your application documents in a single PDF file. Besides your CV, we kindly ask you to describe in your cover letter how you fulfill the position requirements. Please also indicate which other additional skills you possess that you consider relevant to the application process.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 47689.

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