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PhD Studentship: Strong Security and Privacy in Contactless Electronic Payments

Department of Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 25 January 2018
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 May 2018
Reference:  007318

Open PhD position in Cryptographic Protocols (UK citizens only)

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, University of Surrey, UK

Stipend.GBP 22,000 per year, tax-free

Closing and starting dates. This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal closing date of 31 March 2018. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received. The start date will vary depending on the successful candidate but must begin before October 2018.

Disclaimer.This position is funded by HM Government and is available only to UK citizens. Applications are welcome from UK citizens who are prepared to undergo security vetting conducted by respective UK authorities. The initial stage of vetting may last up to 3 months and needs to be accomplished successfully before the applicant can commence with their PhD studies and become eligible for the stipend.

Research Topic. Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) at the University of Surrey invites applications for a fully-funded PhD position in Cryptography to work on a research project focusing on the design, analysis and development of electronic payments with enhanced security and privacy based on physical properties, such as the distance between the payee and the contactless terminal. The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the security and privacy properties of theEMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) payment protocols. The successful candidate will be working under supervision of Dr Ioana Boureanu (Principal Supervisor, http://people.itcarlson.com/ioana/ ) and Prof. Liqun Chen (Co-Supervisor, https://www.surrey.ac.uk/cs/people/liqun_chen/).

Candidate Profile. Successful applicants are expected to hold Bachelor degree or Master degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline accomplished with at least 2:1 honours and have strong background knowledge and technical skills (incl. programming skills) in cryptography and/or information/cyber security. A related research-oriented BSc final year project or MSc dissertation will strengthen the profile of the candidate. We particularly welcome applications from ongoing students who are projected to fulfil the above criteria and complete their degree in 2018.

PhD Funding.The appointed candidate will receive a tax-free PhD stipend of GBP 22,000 per year for 3.5 years of PhD studies within which the candidate is expected to submit their PhD thesis. This stipend is significantly higher than an average PhD stipend in the UK. Moreover, additional funding is available to support presentation of research results at international conferences, participation in PhD summer schools and other scientific events, and engagement with industry.

Application Process. Applicants should submit their applications through the University portal via: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/computer-science-phd.

It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting their applications, candidates inquire with Dr Ioana Boureanu (i.boureanu@surrey.ac.uk).

The University of Surrey is committed to equality of opportunity in employment and offers many opportunities to help researchers develop as independent researchers.

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