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Research on application of cybersecurity for Identity Management in ‘lite’ communications in remote or emergency situations

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

*This is a KESS 2 East scholarship opportunity. Please note the eligibility information in the advert text or contact the team for further information.*

Here is an exciting opportunity to study the implementation of blockchain / distributed ledger technologies and the cyber security implications of this, which could lead to entirely new approaches in identity management.

The selected candidate will apply their computer science skills and ambition to develop Lite identity management solutions using blockchain technologies, particularly in remote or emergency situation. This innovative project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of cyber security research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The project will focus on areas such as identity management and the cyber security implications of this, encryption, distributed ledger technologies, and will impact the way we manage our identities both in Wales, the UK and abroad.

The project is backed by ObjectTech Group, a fast growing company that has won recognition for its expertise in new identity management technologies. As part of their commitment to deliver leading edge Identity, they support research in key areas of privacy, safety and security.

Programme of research:

The project seeks to validate the hypothesis that it is possible to create and validate a technical identity management solution that discloses information only on a need to know basis, and that all other data linked to the identity remains secure. In particular the aims of the project include:
• To research existing attempts to use Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) for identity management solutions
• To develop an identity management solution which can be used in remote or emergency situations
• To test the security and vulnerabilities of Lite communications used for identity management
• To develop methods to ensure that only required data is revealed by the solution, and that all other data remains secure

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time PhD programme and pay a stipend of circa £14k p.a. There is also around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

The position is available from 1st April 2019.

Eligibility of Student:
To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:
• have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration.
• have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.
• be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
• satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

* East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff / Newport / Monmouthshire / Powys / Wrexham / Flintshire

Qualifications and experience:
Eligible applicants will:

• Have a degree (2i or higher) in an appropriate computer science discipline
• Possess a reasonable understanding of blockchain / Distributed ledger technologies
• Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop cyber security techniques, which may include encryption, IoT, vulnerability testing, experimentation
• Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
• Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings
• Be willing to travel and work in industrial and commercial settings

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit:

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Mark Griffiths ().

Further information at:

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales

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