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Model-based security testing for Automotive Systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

In the modern automotive world, it is vital to make vehicles cyber-secure by understanding the risks and then engineering security requirements based on these risks. Model-based testing provides a systematic approach to generating test-suites from formal models which capture system behaviour unambiguously and mathematically.

Model-based security testing focusses on security requirements. Test-cases are selected using existing security testing strategies such as penetration, mutation and fuzz testing.

In this PhD, we seek to augment the existing design methodology for automotive embedded systems with model-based security testing. This will increase the confidence that automotive systems are secure by design and that security properties are realised in the implementation.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
• Experimental, modelling or analytical experience
• Knowledge and/or experience in the subject of hardware or software testing
• Good general knowledge of security
• Experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn about) vehicle systems

For further details see:

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact

To apply on line please visit: . Before completing the application please contact Jeremy Bryans (Hyperlink to new a email to PI email address and cc’ing ) for an initial informal discussion about the opportunity.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Start date: May 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

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