PhD Studentship: Dynamically Adaptive Cyber Security for Infrastructure Systems (supported by Airbus Group UK)

University of Bristol - Bristol Cyber Security Group

The project:

A fully funded PhD studentship is available within the Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid. The group forms part of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) at Bristol.

This project will tackle the critical need for dynamically formulating and adapting security policies, rapidly and on-demand, in the face of unfolding attacks on industrial control systems (ICS). Such systems underpin critical national infrastructure such as power, water and gas. The research will aim to transform policies from simply a means to enforce pre-defined security properties to policies as living, evolving objects that play a central role in reasoning about the security state of an ICS and responding to unfolding attacks. The studentship will involve close collaboration with the project partner – the security innovation team at Airbus – to understand and mitigate emerging cyber threats to ICS. The ideal candidate will have a background in computer science (in particular programming languages) or software engineering or control systems.

The student will have access to a state-of-the-art industrial control systems testbed in the Bristol Cyber Security Group.

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How to apply:

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisor, Prof Rashid informally to discuss their research interests before making an application.

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: 

We are looking for an enthusiastic student with either a first-class honour or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, software engineering or control systems.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 1st September 2018) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,777 in 2018/19) plus an industrial top-up of £4000 p.a. (subject to contracts).


Please contact Prof Awais Rashid,

For general enquiries, please email

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