PhD Studentship: Compiler and Language Based Leakage Mitigation

University of Bristol - Computer Science

The project:

The aim of the studentship is to explore techniques by which programs written in standard C, or Assembly, can be augmented to include information about 'leakage sensitive variables' with the aim of feeding this information down into the various compilation steps such that tools can insert mitigation strategies with minimal user interaction.

Doing research at the University of Bristol

The quality of research at the University of Bristol places it within the top five Universities in the UK based on the Research Excellence Framework and Times higher Education rankings 2014-15. The PhD candidate will be a part of a friendly and diverse community. The University has a Doctoral College (BDC) which offers approximately 200 courses, interactive workshops, and seminars as a part of the University’s Personal and Professional Development Programme for PGR students. The BDC organises University-wide events and provides a hub of information, guidance, and resources to help researchers to get the most of their time at Bristol.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <Computer Science> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a first-class or high upper-second class degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in computer science (in particular languages and compilers) and an interest in security/cryptography.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £19,553 per annum.


Please contact Prof. Elisabeth Oswald (

For general enquiries, please email

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