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PhD Studentship in Side-Channel Security (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years.

Dr Markus Kuhn, within the Department of Computer Science and Technology, is inviting applications for a funded PhD studentship, beginning in October 2018.

The PhD thesis will be in the area of hardware side-channel security, with a particular focus on software-defined radio techniques and active attacks (e.g., information extraction from radio-frequency backscatter).

This opening is suitable for a candidate with a Bachelor or Masters degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or mathematics, with interest in both computer security as well as analog and radio-frequency electronics. The successful candidate would have demonstrated scholarly excellence and have some background in cryptography, digital signal processing, communications engineering, electronics and/or mathematical statistics, and very good programming skills. Candidates need to meet all prerequisites for admission to the PhD in Computer Science (please refer to:

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Markus Kuhn (,, prior to submitting a formal application. The PhD application must include a research proposal that is aligned with the topic of the studentship.

Deadline for submission of the application is 22 April 2018.

The PhD studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide a tax-free stipend for 3.5 years, of at least the EPSRC CASE rate. It also includes a budget for travel and hardware experiments.

This studentship is limited to UK nationals. It is funded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. The NCSC will be offering the student some opportunity to work more closely with them, e.g. via a short secondment or attendance at technical meetings. As a result, the student will have to be appropriately security cleared before they start their doctoral studies, and such security clearance is only available to UK nationals.

Complete applications, including two academic references, research proposal, transcripts and degree certificates, should be submitted via the Applicant Portal by the 22-April-2018, see Queries regarding the application process should be directed to using the reference number below.

Please quote reference NR14857 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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