Opening PhD Positions

I am currently looking for several motivated PhD students interested in applied cryptography research at VT.

Why Virginia Tech?

Tentative Research Topics

I work in a broad aspect of applied cryptography, especially privacy-enchaning technologgies. Some research topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Secure and Trustworthy Critical Cyberinfrastructure
    • Searchable Encryption and Oblivious RAM
    • Secure Distributed File System and Cloud Storage
    • Secure Data Sharing Protocols
  • Applied Multi-Party Computation
    • Distributed Cloud Computation and Analytics
  • Distributed Cryptography
    • Blockchain
  • Trustworthy Computation
    • Verifiable Computation
    • Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning
    • Differentially Private Machine Learning
    • Privacy-Preserving Federated Learning
    • TEE-Supported Secure Computation



  • Solid background in CS and Math (data structures, algorithm, number theory)
  • Good programming skills, especially in C, C++ and python
  • BS degree in ECE/CS with a high GPA
  • TOEFL (min. 90)


  • MS degree in ECE/CS/Math
  • High GPA on cybersecurity courses (cryptography, network security, system security)
  • Publication in known security & privacy conferences and journals


Please email the following documents to thanghoang(at)vt(dot)edu.
  1. Motivation letter
  2. Research statement
  3. Transcripts
  4. CV
  5. Three reference letters
  6. Publications (if any)