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A Scalable Framework for Trustworthy Marketplaces: developing a novel framework for online marketplaces to facilitate safe, secure and dynamic multi-party interactions.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

A scholarship opportunity jointly funded by the University of West London and MyPocketSkill ( This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate to take on this strategic project with the support of mentors from the University of West London and MyPocketSkill. The project will develop a novel framework for online marketplaces to facilitate safe, secure and dynamic multi-party interactions. We are looking for committed applicants who want to be part of a rich and stimulating research environment where they will be encouraged to contribute to advancing the state-of-the art through publication and presentation at conferences.

Entry Requirements

We encourage applicants with computer science/information systems/information technology background with a strong interest in pursuing research in the field of cybersecurity. Prior knowledge and experience within cybersecurity in general and trustworthy platforms in particular is advantageous. You should have good experience in full-stack software development for desktop and mobile applications. You should be able to respond to deadlines and competing priorities and should be a good communicator, able to work with other insourced and outsourced specialists (product, marketing and/or design) and communicate the project’s vision to external audiences.

The Company

MyPocketSkill Ltd is an award winning digital technology startup that provides an online platform connecting young people to paid and voluntary work. The company launched in 2017 and, after successful pilots, is looking to launch more widely across the UK later in the year. The company secured funding through Innovate UK to apply early-stage user-centred design in its platform, and now has established a roadmap for the next iteration of the platform. There are now opportunities to implement a number of technology-related objectives within the business, including the application of an enhanced safety and trust framework, smarter messaging and analytics and streamlined user journeys.

University of West London

The academic team is associated to the School of Computing and Engineering at the UWL and has strong affiliation with the Centre for Cybersecurity research which engages in cutting edge research within different dimensions of cybersecurity.

Supervisory team

Dr. Junaid Arshad and Prof. Jonathan Loo at the University of West London (UWL) with support from Matthew Harker and Zara Ransley from MyPocketSkill.
For informal queries about this role, please contact Dr. Junaid Arshad at or 0208 231 2351.

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