Fully funded Industrial PhD Studentship in Embedded Devices Security

Project Title: Key Management for dedicated End-to-end Encryption devices

Open to: all

Applications are invited for a fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentship in the area of embedded security/cryptography at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. The studentship is fully funded by L-3 TRL Ltd. and covers the university fees (UK/EU) and a tax free annual stipend of £18,000. The project will additionally provision for a laptop, equipment and travel to attend conferences and summer schools.

Research Project:

L-3 TRL’s CATAPAN devices provide state of the art end-to-end network traffic encryption. The security of these devices relies on their highly capable users’ management and distribution of key material. This studentship will investigate how individual home users, and less security conscious organisations, can get the same security benefits from these encryption devices without having to make a significant investment in key management infrastructure. The student will be based at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham and is expected to collaborate with and visit L-3 TRL on a regular basis.

University of Birmingham, Computer Science:

The School of Computer Science at Birmingham is one of the UK’s leading computer science departments (Ranked as the best UK Computer Science department by the Guardian for 2014). We have a very active security research group and we are a GCHQ/ESPRC centre of excellence for cyber security.


– The successful applicant will have a strong (at least 2:1) undergraduate and/or masters degree in computer science or mathematics as well as excellent programming skills.

– A demonstrable interest/background in security, cryptography and/or embedded devices is essential.

– International students are encouraged to apply, but due to funding restrictions the student will need to find additional funding to cover the difference between UK/EU and international fees. In this case, the source of extra funding must be mentioned in the motivation letter.

– For non-EU applicants: the University requires IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.5) or an equivalent qualification to be accepted by the Home Office.

How to Apply:

To apply in the first instance candidates should send:

– their CV;
– a transcript with a list of all taken modules and grades;
– and a motivation letter explaining why you want this studentship;

to Norihan Mohd-Taib <n.mohdtaib@bham.ac.uk> including the reference [PHDTRL] in the subject of the email.

The application deadline is 1st December, 2014. Should we find an outstanding candidate we might close the position earlier. Therefore, you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

General enquiries should be addressed to Norihan Mohd-Taib <n.mohdtaib@bham.ac.uk>. Technical questions should be addressed to Tom Chothia <T.P.Chothia@cs.bham.ac.uk> or Flavio Garcia <f.garcia@bham.ac.uk>.

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