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Securing IoT over wireless networks using emerging blockchain

   Faculty of Environment and Technology

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  Dr Djamel Djenouri, Dr Essam Ghadafi, Dr Chris Carr  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD to investigate the use of emerging blockchain variants and proof of location for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) over wireless networks.



An exciting opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD studentship in the Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by the Computer Science Research Centre, UWE Bristol. Ref: 2021-OCT-FET09

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 October 2021.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 July 2021. 


About the studentship

This PhD will investigate the use of emerging blockchain variants and proof of location for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) over wireless networks.

The candidate will work under a supervisory team with high expertise in IoT, wireless networks and protocols from blockchain and information security, including Dr Djamel Djenouri, Dr Essam Ghadafi and Dr Christopher Carr. The candidate will investigate the utilisation of emerging variants of blockchains, such as redactable directed acyclic graph (DAG) based blockchain, as well as proof-of-location techniques for securing IoT and wireless devices. They will accordingly propose original solutions while mitigating the inherent performance effects caused by unreliable wireless communication channels, and limitations of IoT devices.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Djamel Djenouri on [Email Address Removed] or Dr Essam Ghadafi on [Email Address Removed].  


Applicants must have at least a good honours degree, and preferably a master's degree, in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a closely related discipline. Familiarity with security and/or IoT (e.g. through a final year project) is highly desirable. 

A recognised English language qualification is required.


Further Details

For further details, including how to apply, please see:

Funding Notes

The studentship is available from 1 October 2021 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £15,609 per annum.
In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (UK/EU rates only). Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.
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