PhD Studentship in Cyber Security and Resilience: Hybrid quantum and post-quantum technologies for security-by-design solutions


   School of Computing

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  Dr Aleksey Kozikov  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research related to quantum cyber security. Rapid development of quantum computers poses serious risks to data and communication security. Quantum and post-quantum cryptography technologies provide means to tackle these challenges. In this adventurous experimental PhD project, we will be working on a hybrid solution combining the two technologies.

The successful applicant will be experimentally developing quantum light sources in atomically thin graphene-like materials (Nobel Prize 2010) suitable for quantum communication applications. The PhD student will also be developing hybrid post-quantum secure cryptography protocols based on the experimental outcomes.

The project will involve nanofabrication, optical and electron transport measurements, scanning probe microscopy, instrumentation development and collaborations with academia and industry.

The student will be part of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics with its world-class measurement facilities and cleanrooms, and the Secure and Resilient Systems Research Group part of the accredited centre of excellence in cyber security research, one of only 19 accredited centres of excellence in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in Physics or Materials Science. Solid knowledge of quantum physics and familiarity with Cryptography and Cyber Security are required.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.

The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.  

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:  

  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8050F
  • Research Area: Computer Science
  • Select PhD Computer Science as the programme of study

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:  

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  
  • The studentship code COMP2139 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • When prompted regarding your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.

Contact Details

Dr Aleksey Kozikov

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Information Services (20) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

100% home fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate).
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