PhD Studentship: Cyber Security of Supply Chains (supported by HMG)

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.

Industrial control systems (ICS) underpin critical national infrastructure such as power, water and gas. Disruption to such infrastructures from cyber-attacks can have major consequences for society. Such systems have complex supply chains – with devices and services supplied by a range of suppliers – hence threats arising from the supply chains can have a major impact on the security of the infrastructure. The risks arise both from technologies and humans and organisations involved in the supply chain. The project will aim to identify the blind spots in ICS settings with regards to risks from the supply chain. The socio-technical causes of such blind spots will be used as the basis to develop a kill chain (adapting existing cyber kill chain models) designed for ICS supply chains.

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, electrical and electronics engineering, control systems or a related discipline.


The studentship covers full UK PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of approximately £22K per annum. (subject to contracts).

The successful candidate will need to be eligible for and willing to apply for DV clearance.  


Please contact Prof Awais Rashid,

For general enquiries, please email

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