Call for Ph.D. Students – Cloud Security

The Computer Science department at the University of Auckland seeks 4 Ph.D. Students to join the cloud security team led by Dr. Giovanni Russello.
This research will take place in a new MBIE-funded Cyber Security STRATUS (Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services to the Cloud) project and will be in collaboration with University of Waikato, UniTech, the Cloud Security Alliance, and several New Zealand-based industrial partners ( The aim is to research novel yet practical cloud security tools to be adopted by the industry partners.

The research conducted by the University of Auckland’s team will focus on applied cryptography for retrieval and processing of encrypted data in outsourced and untrusted environments. This involves a substantial program of research to develop, implement and apply to industrial case studies.

Applicants are required to have completed (or be close to completing) a Master degree (or equivalent) with outstanding grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, or closely related areas. Additional knowledge in related disciplines such as, e.g., complexity theory or IT security is welcome.
The candidate should be able not only to design but also implement working prototypes of the crypto scheme developed during the research period.

The STRATUS project will provide a stipend of 25,000 NZD p.a. and cover the costs of the tuition fee for 3 years.

Host Institution: The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. In the 2013 QS survey, the Computer Science Department ranked 38th. The University of Auckland has a strong international focus and is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – international consortia of research-led universities. Auckland is ranked third out of 221 world cities for quality of living in the 2012 Mercer Quality of Living Survey (see

All applications must be submitted online by clicking the Apply Now button on this page:

Further enquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Giovanni Russello:

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