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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 in the first instance.

Dr Markus Kuhn, at the Department of Computer Science and Technology (the Computer Laboratory), is able to offer a funded PhD studentship, beginning October 2019.

This doctoral studentship is for UK applicants interested in working on a PhD thesis in the area of hardware side-channel security, exploring techniques to infer or eavesdrop confidential information processed in a computer device, picked up at a distance from its unintentional electro-magnetic emissions (power analysis attacks, electro-magnetic analysis, Tempest attacks), ideally with a 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. Applicants must have very good skills in programming and linear algebra, and demonstrate some background in digital signal processing, communications engineering, electronics, cryptography, machine learning or mathematical statistics. 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 (,, 01223 334676), prior to submitting a formal application. The PhD application must include a research proposal that is aligned with the topic of the studentship.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and no later than 25 April 2019.

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

This studentship is funded by HM government and is offered under the condition that the student is able to obtain a security clearance. Therefore, applicants should be UK nationals or at least have been resident in the UK for ten years.

Complete applications, including two academic references, research proposal, transcripts and degree certificates, should be submitted via the Applicant Portal by 25 April 2019, see Queries regarding the application process should be directed to using the reference number below. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR17902 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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