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Senior Director, Cryptography Research - Visa Research

Visa, Palo Alto CA, US

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Visa Research conducts applied and fundamental research, and was created to lead the company in pushing the boundaries of payment related technologies on a global scale. We engage with the company’s numerous technology and product teams, world-wide business partners, academics, and governments, to explore and develop technologies that will shape the future of the payments industry and impact the lives of billions of people.

We are currently focused on building world-class research teams in three key areas: Security, Data Analytics, and Future of Payment, and we are looking for outstanding and innovative researchers at all levels of experience as part of the Systems Security Research team.

Working on systems security research at Visa is a unique opportunity at a time when the payments industry is undergoing a digital transformation, and with security technologies as the critical enabler for a growing number of emerging payment models and usage scenarios. We offer you the opportunity to be at the center of innovation in the payments industry and set the security direction for Visa and the future payment ecosystem.

The Position

As a Senior Director of Research you will work with a team to conduct world-class research and contribute to the long-term research agenda for digital payments, as well as deliver innovative technologies and insights to Visa's strategic products and business. As an integral team member of the extended research team, you will work on research and development activities with fellow researchers, and work closely with product and technology teams to ensure the successful creation and application of disruptive and innovative security technologies.

This role represents an exciting opportunity to make key contributions to Visa's strategic vision as the world-leading digital payments company. The successful candidate must have an outstanding academic track record in fundamental and applied research with participation in developing innovations. The candidate will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong attention to detail, and excellent team leading abilities.

Essential Functions:

  •  Lead a team of scientist to research and develop cutting-edge cryptography technologies for the protection of computation and data, across a large spectrum of applications concerned with secure payments in the data center and on edge devices.
  •  Deliver high-impact intellectual property values through research publications and patents.
  •  Collaborate with team members to deliver innovative technologies, insights and products to Visa business units to resolve their significant product pain-points and create new growth opportunities.
  • Collaborate with our partners in academia, industry and government on key initiatives to advance our security research agenda.
  • Work with team members and cross-functional teams (internal/external) that include representation from Technology, Product, Operations, Market Research, etc.
  • Foster in-depth and productive relationships at all levels with team members and clients internally and externally.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, or equivalent field with a focus on security.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years of of industry research experience
  • 4+ years of leading a team
  • World class track record of research publications and impact in the cryptography community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside the box and innovate.
  • Demonstrated research project/program management experience is a plus.
  • Experience in payments or related industry is a plus.

Travel Requirements 

This position requires the incumbent to travel for work 15% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements 

This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, and reach with hands and arms.


Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

Want to learn more about Visa? Visit Visa's website.