Bell Labs Internship on Zero Knowledge Proofs for big data computations (PhD)


Zero Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) have become a fundamental building block for creating scalable and privacy-preserving decentralized applications. ZKPs enable verifiable computing, but the powerful math behind ZKPs is both compute and memory intensive. Conventional application of standard Zero-Knowledge (ZK) proving techniques for handling gigabytes of data is currently deemed impractical.

In this project, you will explore producing ZK proofs of big data computations using recent Folding schemes for map–reduce like computations on big data. 

In particular, you will adapt the implementations of the latest parallel folding schemes & proof carrying data, to be applied to map-reduce style computations, and measure their performance and limitations.

Duration: flexible, to be agreed (typically 3-4 months), starting time is flexible

Location: Stuttgart (Germany)

  • You will be expected to get up to speed with a variety of ZKP proof systems and Folding Schemes
  • You will bring together multiple open-source projects into a working ZKP system for ZK proving of computations on Big Data.
  • You will implement a working standalone prototype and integrate it into existing internal projects.


  • Student enrolled in  Ph.D. Computer Science/Engineering.
  • Good system building skills.
  • Interest in, or experience with, ZKP techniques and frameworks
  • Language skills: English

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Tags: Big Data Computer Science Engineering Mathematics Open Source PhD Privacy

Perks/benefits: Flex hours

Region: Europe
Country: Germany
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