Simona Samardjiska is currently assistant professor at the Digital Security Group at Radboud University, The Netherlands. Before obtaining this position in September 2019, she was a post doc in the same group. From 2015-2017 she was assistant professor at the Faculty for Computer Science and Engineering, UKIM, Macedonia. She obtained her PhD at NTNU in Norway in 2015, on the topic of Multivariate Cryptography.
Her expertise and research interests are in the mathematics of post-quantum cryptography, especially multivariate and code-based cryptography. She is actively involved in the current NIST standardization process for Post-Quantum Cryptography as a principal submitter of the Second round candidate MQDSS. She has published on several IACR conferences and IEEE Symposiums, and has been a program committee member of various cryptography related conferences and workshops.