Where do I send my application?

All applications should be made through the general CISPA application system.

IMPORTANT: In your cover letter, please indicate clearly that you are applying for a position in the group of Prof. Cremers.


Due to additional funding, I currently have no immediate deadline -- apply as soon as possible!

What can I do to prepare?

Read some of our recent publications, and figure out which ones appeal most to you. When applying, indicate what appeals to you and how this interacts with your own research interests.

Of course, if you have questions, just contact me!

What will I be working on?

Ideally, a combination of your strengths and interests, and ours. Our main research combines elements from information security, formal analysis, automated verification, and applied cryptography. Check our recent publications, but themes include:

  • Models and proof methodologies for security
  • Security protocol analysis tools: Scyther, Tamarin
  • Secure messaging (eg Signal, post-compromise security) and key exchange
  • Security standards: ISO, TLS 1.3, 5G, and IETF standard under development for secure messaging MLS, worked on DP3T, ...

However, we always welcome new angles and directions - we just have to mutually agree.

What is life like to be a postdoc?

My colleague Andreas Zeller wrote a great piece on what it is like to be a PhD student in Germany, including what a German PhD/Postdoc salary gives you in Saarbruecken (CISPA's location).

CISPA is a world leading research institute in Computer Security with many great researchers.

What happens after I apply?

After all applications are in, we will make a selection of people to go to the next round. The plan is to make this selection before June 5th (but hopefully earlier), and notify everyone. Everyone who makes it to the next round gets invited for a virtual meeting.

The details of this second phase are still being finalized, but will give you an opportunity to (virtually) meet with several of of our group members one-on-one, as well as an opportunity to present some of your work to the group. We're looking forward to it!

If I get offered and accept a position, when am I supposed to start?

The starting date is not fixed -- we just need to mutually agree.

Why don't you apply to me instead?

Fair enough.

More questions?

Please do not hesitate to mail me and ask any questions!

Contact information

  • Prof. Dr. Cas Cremers
  • E-mail: cremers@cispa.de