Primary supervisors: Dr. Hai-Ning Liang / Dr. Charles Fleming (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Terry Payne (University of Liverpool, UK);
Please email [email protected]
and copy to [email protected]
with a subject line of the PhD project title.
In this project, we aim to explore issues related to developing usable secure user interfaces for mobile devices. To do this, we plan to bring together research from two of the most important developments in recent times: (1) Security / privacy and (2) mobile devices (such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy phone). The mobile nature of the mobile devices means they frequently operate in insecure environments, providing numerous opportunities for attackers to obtain critical information and use it for unwanted purposes. Mobile devices now house very sensitive data, such as e-mails, banking / payment information, calling records, location, etc. Attacks to steal sensitive and private information for malicious purposes have been on an alarming increase in recent times, with news of these attacks appearing more frequently. Normal users, unlike well-resourced companies, cannot afford to pay extra to have access to user interfaces that are secured for their devices; even if they have the means, they may not be able to find them available; and if they are available, they are very likely not very usable. In this project, we aim to develop the next generation of interfaces that can provide mechanisms that are both secure and usable, given the size restrictions and usage characteristics for these devices.
For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents to [email protected]
(please put the project title and primary supervisor’s name in the subject line).
- Two reference letters
- Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
- Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of above 6.5 or equivalent is required
- Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Hai-Ning Liang ([email protected]
), whose personal profile is linked below:
The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.
The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 3500 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.