CSE has researchers working as part of our mission to protect Canada and the overall cyber security community. Our employees research the latest developments in cyber security, and apply their work to both CSE and partner organizations.

Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing

The Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing (TIMC) is a government research institute focused on fundamental mathematics and computer science. Our mission is to deliver research results having an impact on the most important scientific challenges facing the Canadian and 5-Eyes security and intelligence communities.

TIMC is sponsored and funded by the CSE, supporting CSE’s unique requirements in the areas of mathematics and computer science.

The TIMC’s key research areas are cryptography and data science. We draw upon many mathematical and computational fields, including algebra, algebraic geometry, combinatorics, data science, topology, number theory, and quantum computing.


The TIMC was opened in 2011. Our specialized workspace is housed within CSE’s Edward Drake Building.

The TIMC is named after Dr. William T. Tutte, a British-born Canadian codebreaker and mathematician, credited with breaking the Lorenz cipher used by the German High command during World War II. Dr. Tutte’s foundational work in graph theory and matroid theory is world-renowned.

Our work


The TIMC offers a range of opportunities for employment and collaboration, as well as a variety of mechanisms for support of mathematics and computer science in Canada.

The TIMC employs full-time mathematicians and computer scientists holding PhDs in a variety of fields. In addition, mathematicians, data scientists and computer scientists at Canadian universities, or those at international institutions holding Canadian citizenship, can make either short-term or long-term working visits to the TIMC. We count many distinguished Canadian mathematicians, from many Canadian universities, as our current collaborators and alumni.

Visiting researchers work in a collaborative environment on challenging problems, engaging with TIMC staff, other academic visitors and members of partner research institutes.

Due to the highly classified nature of some of our research, applicants must hold Canadian citizenship and be eligible for a Top Secret Security Clearance to work at the TIMC. Further details regarding the security screening process can be found on CSE Careers.

Please contact the TIMC directly to inquire about possible work opportunities.



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