Please see the list below for current funding opportunities and details on how to apply. Please do check funding carefully to make sure you are eligible.
80 Industry-focused funded PhDs with £15,000 stipend
- Topic: Funded industry-focused PhDs with £15,000 stipend for graduates from computing, communications and related disciplines
- Closing Date: June 2016 for 2016 entry, applications open for 2017
- Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas (some fees still apply)
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancaster University is seeking graduates with a background in communications, computing, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, physics or related disciplines, for three-year industry focussed PhDs. Starting in October 2016 you could be part of a new cohort of around 40 exceptional PhD researchers working in a unique partnership between academia and business.
You will be working with a leading high-growth business undertaking intensive R&D on a specific research project to underpin the development of a new product or service, using this work as the basis of your PhD programme of study. Your postgraduate tuition fees will be paid for by your partner business, worth over £12,000 (UK/EU graduates only, fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £16,500/year to £12,500/year). You can also register interest now in joining our second cohort of around 40 PhDs starting in 2017.
Further information can be found here.
3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: A meta controller for building automation
With Demopad Software Limited
3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: New computational approaches for transforming the energy efficiency of controlling indoor temperature in non-domestic buildings
With Hardy and Ellis Inventions Limited
Fully funded PhD Studentship Cyber Security – Physical Unclonable Functions
- Topic: Physical Unclonable Functions
- Closing Date: Apply as soon as possible
- Eligability: UK Students, EU Students
- Funding: Annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 (which will increment yearly).
- Hours: Full Time
You are invited to apply for fully-funded three year PhD studentship, commencing after December 2016, supported by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The scholarship covers fees for students from the UK or the EU, and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 (which will increment yearly).
The research will focus on a novel form of Physical Unclonable Function (PUF), which was recently invented at Lancaster University.
PUF’s are an exciting technology that can be used to provide a secret (a key). A PUF can be constructed in various ways, for example using scattering patterns of an optical medium or chip-specific transistor switch delay variations. The assumption is that the secret cannot be duplicated, as it is bound to a physical entity, which cannot be cloned. We have proposed resonant tunnelling diodes (RTDs), simple electronic structures displaying quantum confinement, for usage as PUF devices . The unique electrical characteristics of each device can be translated into a secret.
The broad aim of this research project is to investigate how to best extract secrets from RTD-PUF’s and how to use the information obtained within digital systems. For example, the properties of extracted digital information must be characterised (uniqueness, collision probability, distribution, etc); error correction schemes must be developed to compensate for measurement errors when extracting secrets; a protocol framework must be designed to facilitate authentication of devices using an RTD-PUF.
You will work with a vibrant research team of academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students across Lancaster’s Physics Department and the School of Computing and Communications. Your supervision will be undertaken by Prof. Utz Roedig (Computing) and Dr Robert Young (Physics).
You will be based within Security Lancaster, an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised by the UK government and GCHQ. It is one of the few multi-disciplinary centres to tackle human and technological challenges to cyber security by integrating multiple disciplines, covering physics, computer science and social sciences. Security Lancaster is a hive of research activity with over 20 academic staff and a large portfolio of security related research projects.
Applicants should be highly motivated and have a first or upper-second class BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. International applicants must also have IELTS [International English Language Testing System] score of 7 and above (or equivalent qualification). The work requires good mathematical background and basic understanding of cryptographic concepts. The applicant should have an understanding of or an interest in the design of communication frameworks and protocols.
 Roberts, J, Bagci, IE, Zawawi, MAM, Sexton, J, Hulbert, N, Noori, Y, Young, M, Woodhead, C, Missous, M, Migliorato, MA, Roedig, U & Young, RJ 2015, 'Using quantum confinement to uniquely identify devices' Scientific Reports, vol 5, 16456.
How to Apply
For further information, please contact Prof. Utz Roedig.
Please apply online via Lancaster University Postgraduate Admissions Portal.
We have studentships available in all of our eight research areas
In these research groups, you will also find details on preparing PhD proposals, on contacting individual staff and on funding.
Fully Funded PhD in Digital Health / HCI
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Fully Funded PhD in HCI+Engineering / Security
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Fully Funded PhD in Pervasive Computing / Health / HCI
PhD Studentship in Data Privacy, Consent, Sharing and Trust in Future Pervasive Health Environments
Fully Funded PhD in Networking
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