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PhD Studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

PhD Studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

Type of award: PhD Research Studentships (two available)
Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Scholarship details: Scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,285 in 2020/21) subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award.
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: Home/EU (UK settled status) with permanent UK residency
Closing date for applications: 21st May 2021
Starting date: Available now, on or before 13th September 2021 at the latest

PhD topic background/description

PhD applications are sought for immediate start in the Communications Systems & Networks research group at the University of Bristol. The two available studentships will be funded through our EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). The SWAN partnership includes Toshiba, Roke and GCHQ.

Wireless access is essential to the networks that underpin modern life, but many networks which rely on radio frequency (RF) interfaces are especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks or other failures. In this five-year joint research programme, the partnership will identify vulnerabilities in the RF interfaces so techniques can be developed to detect and mitigate against the effects of cyber-attacks.

The following project topics are available in applied machine learning (ML) in wireless networks and secure antenna design. These topics would be suitable for candidates with a background in Mathematics, Computer Science (with a focus on algorithms), or Electrical and Electronic Engineering:

  • Cyber Intrusion Detection in IoT Sensor Networks through ML/DL/AI
  • RF Fingerprinting for Cyber Intrusion Detection
  • Secure PHY Layer Techniques for Wireless Connectivity
  • Cascaded Neural Network Design for the Detection of RF Cyber Attacks
  • Physical Layer Security Techniques for the Detection of RF Cyber Attacks
  • A topic of the candidate’s choice that aligns with the SWAN Research Challenges

Further details of the above topics are available on the SWAN website.

PhD Studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

Candidate requirements

Open to UK students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of their programme. Also open to EU applicants who have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must also comply with the entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to be considered for. Please see the Admissions Statement for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD for entry in the 2020/21 academic year.

EU students who start on or after 1st August 2021 who do not have pre-settled or settled status in the UK will be classed as International students.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries welcomed FAO Professor Mark Beach via

Application details

Applications should be made via:

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Applicants should select “PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering” as their programme, include a short statement on one of the topics above, and clearly indicate “SWAN Prosperity Partnership Studentship” as their funding source in the Funding section.

PhD Studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

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