PhD Studentship: Cyber Security

University of Southampton - Southampton Cyber Security Academy (CSA)

Supervisor: TBC.

Co-supervisor: TBC.

Project description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Cyber Security. The successful candidate will conduct research as part of the Southampton Cyber Security Academy (CSA), a thriving partnership between the University of Southampton and key industrial partners in the Cyber Security area ( The CSA provides a unique environment that facilitates use-inspired and multi-disciplinary research, education, training, and outreach. It draws together expertise from across the University, including Computing, Electronics, Law, Management, Mathematics, Sociology, and Psychology. Our PhD students have the opportunity to connect their academic research with industrial research and innovation, as well as spend time on real-world, industry-driven research and development activities.

The CSA cuts across the entire cyber security domain, and we are looking for highly motivated and excellent student to conduct high quality, original research in cyber security.

Specific Areas of Interest Include:

  • Trust;
  • Cyber situational awareness;
  • Formal methods;
  • The human component in cyber security;
  • Machine learning;
  • Risk analysis and management;
  • Hardware security assurance;
  • Validation and verification;
  • Data provenance;
  • Autonomy;
  • Probabilistic modelling;
  • Data analysis;
  • Emergent behaviour in the Internet of Things;
  • Characterisation of vulnerabilities in embedded control systems;
  • Software defined networks;
  • Anomaly and intrusion detection;
  • Attack mitigation;
  • Damage assessment;
  • The defence of complex systems;
  • Cryptography for low-power devices;
  • Safety and security co-design;
  • Blockchain;
  • Anonymity and privacy;
  • Domain specific languages for cyber security.

Candidate Requirements:

The successful applicant will be expected to work in partnership with industry through the CSA, and this is likely to require UK security clearance.

How to Apply:

Applications should be made through our online system. Details can be found at


For further details, please contact Prof. Vladimiro Sassone (

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in relevant subject.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2018 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Duration: four years (full-time).

Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of up to £22,000 per year.

Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce, and thesis examination.

Start date: typically October 2018.

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