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CyberSafe Connected Vehicles: Secured and Robust Cooperative Automotive Systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Deakin University seeks to hire four outstanding PhD candidates within the School of Information Technology. The successful candidates will participate in the activities of the Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI) and work within the Security and Privacy Research in IoT (SPYRIT) lab. The SPYRIT lab focuses on theoretical advances for cyberspace, network and systems security for the Internet of Things (IoT). This includes research topics such as the design and development of secure protocols, IoT security, cyber physical systems security, Blockchain security, privacy-preserving techniques, and others.

The 4 PhD positions will contribute to a project on "CyberSafe Connected Vehicles: Secured and Robust Cooperative Automotive Systems". The project will develop underlying technologies, techniques and tools for the realisation of secure, trusted, and robust cooperative automotive systems. The proposed program of research will develop a framework comprising associated technologies and a methodology for secure automotive computer systems, based on a securely connected automotive software platform, that enables the connected vehicle to cooperate with external services and other vehicles in a secure, trusted and safe way.

Successful candidates should have the ability to:
- Conduct world-class research and write a doctoral dissertation in one of the following topics:
1. Communication security in connected and autonomous vehicles
2. End-to-end secure firmware and software updates
3. Decentralised authentication schemes and intrusion detection mechanisms
4. Security and privacy aspects for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles
- Disseminate results through scientific publications and presentations

The offer
- The University offers a 3-year PhD scholarship of AU$27,596 per annum (tax exempt). Top-up scholarships for an amount of $10K to $23K per annum will be available for exceptional applicants.
- You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and growing centre.

Student Eligibility
- A First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) or Master degree (with research component) in computer science or mathematics
- A proven interest in computer security and/or related topics
- Excellent written and oral English skills
- Commitment, team worker, self-motivated and a critical mind
- Strong academic performance, programming and mathematical skills

Applications should be written in English and include the following documents:
1. Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation
2. Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, list of
publications (if any))
3. A research statement addressing the topic of the position (max 1 page). Note that, you must choose one of the four topics given above.
4. A short description of your Master work or Honours thesis (max 1 page)
5. Transcript of grades from all university-level courses taken
6. Contact information for 3 referees


For further inquiries please contact:
Dr. Frank Jiang
Dr. Lei Pan

Funding Notes

The project is funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science of the Australian Government with Robert Bosch (Australia) as the named research partner.

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