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PhD Position in Embedded and Hardware Security

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

 Security of Advanced Systems Group of The Department of Computer Science at The University of Sheffield, UK is seeking a highly-motivated PhD candidate in the field of cyber security with an emphasis on embedded and hardware security.

Candidates with experience in one or more of the following are preferred:

• Cryptography (lightweight cryptography, post-quantum cryptography, fully- homomorphic encryption)
• Designing novel cryptographic primitives and protocols
• Digital design on ASIC or FPGA platforms using hardware description languages
• Computer architectures and embedded software
• Side-channel analysis and fault attacks
• Machine learning and artificial intelligence especially for security applications

Research topics include but are not limited to:

• Secure cryptographic implementations in hardware and software
• Mechanisms against side-channel analysis and fault attacks
• Security and privacy for IoT systems
• Post-quantum cryptography
• Fully-homomorphic encryption

The studentship is available from February 2020.

In the first instance, candidates are advised to discuss applications with Dr. Elif Kavun ().

The candidates should have an M.Sc./B.Sc. degree or equivalent in Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Applied Mathematics/IT Security.
If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each component.

To apply for the studentship, applicants need to apply directly to the University of Sheffield using the online application system by completing an application for admission to the Standard Computer Science PhD. Please name Dr Elif Kavun as your proposed supervisor. For information on how to apply and a link to the application system, please see this web page: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/apply/applying

Applications should include a research proposal, CV, transcripts and two references.

The research proposal (up to 4 A4 pages, including references) should outline your reasons for applying for this scholarship and how you would approach the researching, including details of your skills and experience.

Funding Notes

This Studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide a tax-free stipend at the standard UK Research Council rate (currently £15,009 for 2019/20) for three and a half years. International students are eligible to apply, however will have to pay the difference between the UK/EU and Overseas tuition fees.

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