PhD Studentship: Computer Network Security

Loughborough University

Start date: January 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail: We invite applications for a 3-year PhD Studentship to work in computer networks and network security, in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. The successful applicant will join the Signal Processing and Networks Research Group, under the supervision of Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos.

The successful applicant will perform high-quality research in one or more of the topics related to computer networks and network security. Of particular interest to this post is applications in connected vehicles, including but not limited to, vulnerability exploration, identification and mitigation in V2V or V2X communications, architectures and protocols for unmanned connected vehicles, network traffic measurements and intelligent data fusion, 5G communication for connected vehicles, and ad-hoc networking, routing and meshing.

 Entry requirements: The successful applicant should have a 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or equivalent) degree in electronic/electrical engineering, computer science or a closely related discipline. An MSc with Distinction is desirable. 

Strong coding skills and research abilities are required. Knowledge of wireless communications protocol stack (such as 802.11), wireless sniffing, experience with data mining/machine learning techniques, experience with C, Python or MATLAB programming and Linux driver modification experience are desirable. The successful candidate is also expected to be an enthusiastic team player who can work both independently and communicate effectively with others.

Non UK applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, details of which are available on the Loughborough University website:  

Funding information: The studentship will start in January 2017, for three years, and currently provide a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, we cannot guarantee that full funding will be available due to funding restrictions.

Contact details: Name: Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos

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Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227542

How to apply: All applications should be made online at

In the Research Information Section, please state the student reference: “KK031116”.

Informal enquires about the research project should be addressed to Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, email:

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