PhD Studentship in Cyber Security University of Southampton, Cyber Security

PhD Studentship: Cyber Security


Cyber Security


Location: Highfield Campus


Closing Date: Friday 31 August 2018


Reference: 980318FP


Project title: Cyber Security


Supervisor: TBC


Co-supervisor: TBC

 

Project description

 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Cyber Security. The successful candidate will conduct research as part of the Southampton Cyber Security Academy (CSA), a thriving partnership between the University of Southampton and key industrial partners in the Cyber Security area (http://www.soton.ac.uk/csa). The CSA provides a unique environment that facilitates use-inspired and multi-disciplinary research, education, training and outreach. It draws together expertise from across the University, including Computing, Electronics, Law, Management, Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology. Our PhD students have the opportunity to connect their academic research with industrial research and innovation, as well as spend time on real-world, industry-driven research and development activities.

 

The CSA cuts across the entire cyber security domain, and we are looking for highly motivated and excellent student to conduct high quality, original research in cyber security.

 

Specific Areas of Interest Include:

  • Trust;
  • Cyber situational awareness;
  • Formal methods;
  • The human component in cyber security;
  • Machine learning;
  • Risk analysis and management;
  • Hardware security assurance;
  • Validation and verification;
  • Data provenance;
  • Autonomy;
  • Probabilistic modelling;
  • Data analysis;
  • Emergent behaviour in the Internet of Things;
  • Characterisation of vulnerabilities in embedded control systems;
  • Software defined networks;
  • Anomaly and intrusion detection;
  • Attack mitigation;
  • Damage assessment;
  • The defence of complex systems;
  • Cryptography for low-power devices;
  • Safety and security co-design;
  • Blockchain;
  • Anonymity and privacy;
  • Domain specific languages for cyber security.

 

Candidate Requirements:

The successful applicant will be expected to work in partnership with industry through the CSA, and this is likely to require UK security clearance.

 

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through our online system. Details can be found at http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/phd/how-to-apply.

 

References:

For further details, please contact Prof. Vladimiro Sassone (vsassone@soton.ac.uk).

 

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in relevant subject

 

Closing date:applications should be received no later than 31 August 2018 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

 

Duration: four years (full-time)

 

Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of up to £22,000 per year

 

Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

 

Start date: typically October 2018

 

Applying: www.southampton.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgstudy/howdoiapplypg.html


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