PhD & Postgraduate Research

PhD & Postgraduate Research

We welcome applications for registration for the degrees of PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research in any of our research areas from well-qualified, able and enthusiastic students.

Introduction

Studying for a research degree is a highly rewarding and challenging process. You'll work to become a leading expert in your topic area with regular contact and close individual supervision with your supervisor.

You'll have the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, pushing forward at the very edge of the discipline. Active seminar programmes and state of the art facilities mean there's plenty of ideas and technologies to stimulate your development as a research scientist.

Research skills courses help to support you in:

  • Learning to improve your scientific methods
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • To help you realise the maximum potential from your work

Annual progress review panels will help to keep your research on track.

At Lancaster, we're immensely proud of our active postgraduate research community and of the internationally significant reputation they've helped us achieve. You'll be encouraged to participate fully, targeting and presenting your work at major international conferences and workshops. There are numerous opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally through our many research partnerships and links with industrial collaborators. Many of PhD students work on interdisciplinary research that cut across two or more disciplines, including:

  • Health sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physical, biological and environmental sciences
  • Psychology

We recognise that a postgraduate research degree is often a stepping-stone to a career in research. During your studies, you'll have the opportunity to get involved in our taught degree programmes. Helping others not only brings you valuable experience for your future career, but the financial remuneration can help to supplement your income.

How to Apply

Self-funded applications

To begin the process, you will need to find a PhD Supervisor whose research interests align with your own. You will need to contact them to discuss your application.

Industry-funded applications

Launch your career in research and development with an industry-focused, three-year funded PhD for graduates with a background in scientific disciplines. We tailor each PhD to both the subject and the requirements of a specific industry.

We will require a research proposal on the area/s you are interested in joining us to study. This proposal will be used to help us determine who will be the most suitable potential academic supervisor for your research. 

A Supervisor will then, if interested, contact you for a phone interview to discuss the proposal and intended research. This interview means your proposal is not your permanent topic for your PhD studies and open to negotiation. Past guidelines have suggested the following sections:

  1. A definition that characterises your selected research area
  2. A brief survey and summation of the state-of-the-art in this area
  3. Identify deficiencies in the state-of-the-art which you would like to address in your PhD
  4. An outline of some possible research directions that you might pursue
  5. A list of references that you cite in the above sections

We recommend applicants submit their research interests and the PhD Admissions Tutor can pass their application onto the most relevant and available potential supervisor. However, If you would like to search for a suitable academic supervisor(to quote in your application), then you can find a list of our academics here.

To apply, create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged in.

You can submit applications for the programme which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees. You may apply for all our postgraduate programmes using this method.

Current Lancaster Students

If you are a current Lancaster student or have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide. You will need to offer only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your details, ready for you to check.

You will need:

DocumentSpecial Notes
Postgraduate Application Form Provided once you have created an account and selected your mode of study
Two Referees Two references, one of which must be from an academic tutor. (There is an option to upload references yourself, these must be on letterheaded paper and signed) Or you can elect for an automatic email to go to your referees (if you have provided email addresses) requesting a reference.
Official Academic Transcripts Digital copies of Academic Transcripts for Undergraduate and where applicable Postgraduate degrees. If you have not yet received your final transcript, please request an interim one from your University. List any pending modules you are currently taking with any predicted grades you may have. Any offer will be conditional on receipt of a full official transcript.
Detailed C.V Send a detailed Curriculum Vitae which should cover academic achievements, past projects and any employment history.
Research Proposal Please attach a short document with your PhD application in which you explain your research interests. This document will be an essential part of your application. It helps us understand your motivation and ensures that the most appropriate potential supervisors see your application.

You can apply at any time of the year for PhD study, but we encourage you to start at one of the predefined start dates of October, January or April. In some circumstances, we will consider a July start date. An MSc by Research will usually start in October. If you want us to recognise you for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you contact us as early as possible.

PhD Supervisors

My research is in the broad area of Human-Computer Interaction. Students in my lab work on a range of topics in shape-changing interfaces, data physicalisation, and novel interaction techniques. I'm always interested in hearing from potential students keen to work in these areas.

View Jason's profile

Natural Language Processing, Authorship analysis, Spelling Variation

View Alistair's profile

I am interesting in supervising PhD students on a range of topics related to:

Distributed systems generally including cloud computing and middleware;

Environmental informatics including the role of cloud computing in supporting environmental scientists;

The digital economy, especially areas related to digital innovations and their impact on business or society (see the HighWire CDT - highwire.lancs.ac.uk);

The role of models at run-time in supporting the engineering of distributed systems.

View Gordon's profile

I am interested in supervising a range of postdoctoral research areas, including issues relating to: - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Computing and Technology - Computing Education - Human aspects of Computing, including values and environmental/ societal implications Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these areas with a view to PhD research.

View Lynne's profile

Smart Transport, Smart Grid, V2X, SDN, Edge Computing, Cyber Security

View Yue's profile

Research topics that mainly focus on network coding, especially sparse implementations and integration with physical-layer techniques and compressed sensing for repairing damaged data packets.

View Ioannis's profile

I am interested in supervising PhD research in the following research areas: i) Human Computer Interaction issues associated with mobile applications (Mobile HCI), ii) Interaction Design associated with adaptive/proactive interactive systems, iii) Situated display research supporting coordination and community, and, iv) ‘in the wild’ research involving the use of technology probes, participatory design methods and longitudinal evaluation, and, v) Interaction Design for unobtrusive interaction with nature.

View Keith's profile

I am interested in supervising PhD students on research topics related to: - Natural Language Processing (NLP) - Arabic and multilingual NLP, - Financial Narratives Processing and Financial NLP Technologies, - Information Extraction and document structure detection, - Automatic Text Summarisation (Extractive, Abstractive), - Text Machine Learning, Classification and Clustering, - Corpus and Computational Linguistics. - Language and dialect identification,

View Mahmoud's profile

I am interested in supervising students in any of the following topics:
- Cloud brokerage and adaptive decision support
- Intent Driven Networking
- Fog computing services of different types, and managing their hosting on micro-clouds
- Decentralised Internet infrastructures, especially for disaster recovery
- Opportunistic networking, and opportunistic composition of distributed systems
- Measuring online systems, such as social networks and web infrastructures
- Augmented machine learning

View Yehia's profile

Interested in a broad range of HCI/SE topics with a societal import (e.g. health, environment, civic technologies); currently, but not exclusively, focused on: designing tools and techniques for values mapping in software production, detecting social biases in technical systems, developing digital technologies that embed social values.

View Maria Angela's profile

Interests in applying ubicomp sensing to conduct real world empirical experiments to uncover how everyday practices contribute to carbon externality and global warming, and how we might transform these using technological ubicomp interventions.

View Adrian's profile

I am happy to explore and supervise topics within distributed systems and dependability research, including fault tolerance and fault recovery, distributed machine learning, energy-efficient computing, Cloud gaming, and resource scheduling. If you have your own ideas for a research project you would like to pursue, I'm happy to discuss in more detail.

View Peter's profile

I have PhD projects available on systems, devices and methods for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Topics of interest include:
The eye-computer interface: automated analysis of visual behaviour to support interaction
Spontaneous interaction across devices in public settings
Interaction with personal devices on shared surfaces
End-user mapping of indoor environments

View Hans's profile

Software Engineering; Code analysis; Defect prediction; Software testing; Software developer human factors.

View Tracy's profile

I supervise students in all areas of human computer interaction, from the most technical concerns with systems' abstractions through to more general ones related o cultural change. My students have researched the specifics of interface design, the language and grammars of interaction, the philosophy of AI and the design of mobile applications and devices. My students have submited their theses in computer science, in the humanities (philosophy for example), in social science and in design. Any interested student should contact me before developing their PhD research proposals if they seek funding and support.

View Richard's profile

I am interested in how digital technologies affect everyday practice; in other words, how gadgets and online services affect what we do. This is causing profound change in what are percieved as normal ways of living and being, and has serious implications for global environmental sustainability, and how people participate in and contribute to societies. A sampling of recent topics (technologies): thermal comfort (learning thermostats), online service demand (smartphones), watching on-demand video (superfast broadband and smart TVs).

View Mike's profile

1. Digital Health: dashboards for the connected health city concept; smart and healthy living at home (smart home concept): behavior change detection and modeling; activity modeling and recognition; simulating human activity in smart spaces; e-coaching and persuasive interactions for patient empowerment; informatics platforms for pediatric asthma and other disease management; accessible airport announcements for the hearing impaired; blind empowerment in challenging environments (e.g., large convention setting). 2. Internet of Things: thing architectures; IoT programming models; dependability and related energy management of IoT; Emerging threat models challenging the security and usage of IoT applications and devices.

View Sumi's profile

If you are interested in doing doctoral research in the area of human-computer interaction and physical computing, feel free to contact me to discuss research opportunities. I am interested in supervising students on: (i) Multi-device or Cross-device interaction techniques, toolkits, systems and applications, (ii) Interactive spaces and spatial/proxemic interaction techniques, displays and applications, (iii) Large interactive surfaces and displays, architecture and interaction, (iv) Human-data interaction, physical data visualisations, in-the-wild deployment of physical data installations, (v) Large scale interactive systems, urban internet-of-things, (vi) sensor systems and public installation, and (vii) Interactive Systems in general.

View Steven's profile

Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Systems, Biomedical Image Analysis

View Richard's profile

I am interested in deformable displays, organic disjointed display elements, tangible interacatibles, novel stereoscopic approaches for single and multiple users. I have interests in brain-computer interfaces, haptics and bio-sensing. Feel free to discuss your ideas with me if they align to any of my research interests.

View Abe's profile

I am always looking for PhD students with a good background in Wireless Communications and Maths. Please contact me if you are interested.

View Keivan's profile

You are welcome to contact me if you are interested in doing your PhD in Wireless/Mobile Communications, Networking, IoT, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning techniques. Please email me your CV, academic transcripts and a draft PhD research plan/proposal. China CSC PhD applicants or visitors are very welcome.

View Qiang's profile

I’m always looking for self-motivated students who want to pursue a Ph.D degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer science. If you are with a solid background in wireless communications/computer science and a strong grounding in mathematical skills, please drop me an email with your CV. You are welcome to contact me if you are interested in doing your PhD in Wireless/Mobile Communications, Networking, industrial control systems, URLLC, Artificial Intelligence, 6G, IoT, Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning techniques. Please email me your CV, academic transcripts and a draft PhD research plan/proposal. China CSC PhD applicants or visitors are very welcome.

View Haris's profile

If you are interested in doing PhD research in any of the following areas, you are welcome to contact me: a) Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Mining, particularly from multilingual aspects; b) Application of NLP to Social Computing and Social Sensing; c) Application of NLP to Digital Health; d) Application of NLP to information systems.

View Scott's profile

Emergent software, runtime adaptation, component-based software, machine learning

View Barry's profile

Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Network Orchestration, Network Monitoring, Network Security, Fog / Edge Computing, P4.

View Nicholas's profile

My main research area is Computer Vision and Deep Learning. I am always looking for PhD students with a good background in Programming and/or Maths. Please contact me if you are interested in working together on exciting research topics.

View Hossein's profile

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas: contextual disambiguation methods for automatic semantic annotation and WSD, multilingual semantic tagging, applications of NLP to real-world problems.

View Paul's profile

Interested in supervising students with an interest in CSCW/HCI and studying the design, deployment and evaluation of technologies in organisational and domestic settings - and the interface between human, organisational and technical systems.

View Mark's profile

I am always looking for talented potential PhD students worldwide. If you are interested in my research, please do not hesitate to contact me via Email: wenjie.ruan AT lancaster.ac.uk. Topics: Machine Learning for Healthcare, Ubiquitous Computing, Robustness of Deep Neural Networks, Data Analytics. Requirements: Solid Math Background, Strong Programming Skills. Funding: Multiple Ph.D. studentships available in the school [Deadline: the end of June each year]. Research students and visiting scientists with their own fundings are strongly welcome to visit us. Undergraduates and postgraduates who want to do their projects with me are also very welcome.

View Wenjie's profile

HCI, Interaction Design and Children, Design thinking, User experience research, technology in education , digital storytelling

View Elisa's profile

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in HCI-related areas, particularly those pertaining to my research interests.

View Corina's profile

My main research area is Artificial Intelligence, and Multi-agent Systems. I am interested in intelligent decision making, and machine learning. Usually my research is applied on digital games, robotics, social networks, arts/design, etc. I am happy to take PhD students, so feel free to contact me if you are interested in working together on exciting research topics!..

View Leandro's profile

Redefining User Experience for Novel Interfaces, Creative Practice in Computer Science

View Miriam's profile

H2020 CONCORDIA Software Security Testing Security Metrics Data-Centric Security

View Neeraj's profile

I am always looking for talented potential PhD students worldwide. In you are interested in my research, please do not hesitate to contact me. Students and visiting scientists from China are strongly welcome to visit us through the support of CSC.

View Jiangtao's profile

Applying and developing systems and control theory for digital health applications. Including personalised treatment decisions, dynamic modelling of health.

View Emma's profile

Research Areas

Our research is recognised for its exceptional quality and international reputation and is supported by RCUK, EU and industry funding. As a result, our work crosscuts traditional research fields, is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on achieving high impact. We have contributed substantially to a wide range of application domains including energy, transport, cyber-crime and social computing.

Current Funded PhDs

  • Pi-3D: Investigating perception and interaction related effects during the use of 3D-capable displays
  • PhD Studentships in AI and Multi-Agent Systems

    Artificial Intelligence is an exciting area of research, with a tremendous potential impact on our society. In particular, Multi-agent Systems is a vast field, encompassing:

    • robotics
    • digital games
    • machine learning
    • economics
    • optimisation

    In our laboratory, we aim at developing and analysing real systems, where groups of agents collaborate in accomplishing useful goals; or even compete when their goals differ. These groups may be composed of robots, of artificial software agents, or also of a mixture of artificial and human agents.

    The School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University has studentships available for exceptional PhD students, from the UK, the EU, and overseas. In particular, Dr Marcolino supports applications for CoLab, our Artificial Intelligence and Multi-agent Systems laboratory. Interested applicants should check Dr Marcolino's page or contact him directly at l.marcolino@lancaster.ac.uk to discuss your application. Please write "PhD Application" in the Subject header.

    We are looking for students that are passionate and excited about research. Previous research experience (even if informal), and a strong background in Mathematics are particularly welcome.

    More Details

    • Qualification: PhD
    • Hours: Full Time
    • Application Deadline: 30 June 2019
    • Starting date: October 2019 preferred, but January 2020 or April 2020 is possible
    • Academic Requirement: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject
    • Studentship duration: 3.5 years for UK/EU students or three years for overseas students
    • Stipends: £14,777 per year + £800 training bursary (e.g., for conference travelling)

    Application Process

    Candidates should apply to the School of Computing and Communications, following the instructions at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/study/phd/. Please contact Dr Marcolino (l.marcolino@lancaster.ac.uk) before-hand, and do mention your interest in working with him in your application. The application package includes:

    • Two Referees
    • Official Academic Transcripts
    • Detailed C.V.
    • Research Proposal
    • Personal Statement

    More information about these documents is available at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/study/phd/#tabs-343317-3. We will interview candidates that we consider for the studentship.

    We invite all interested candidates to apply, regardless of gender, age, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

  • 2 x PhD Studentships – Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI)

    Details

    • Closing Date: 30th September 2019
    • Start Date: October 2019
    • Interview Date: TBC
    • Academic Requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

    Description

    Three PhD Studentships are available to work on Next Generation Converged Digital infrastructure (NG-CDI), an exciting, cross-disciplinary research project led by Lancaster University. NG-CDI is a five year, £5M programme of research funded by EPSRC and BT. It will forge the next generation converged digital infrastructure for the UK, delivering a radically new data-driven architecture for the autonomous operation of future telecommunications infrastructure. The consortium brings together leading research groups from the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge, Bristol and Surrey working alongside BT, one of the world's leading communications service providers

    What's in it for you?

    Become part of a challenging team that’s working to revolutionise the infrastructure of the internet in the UK. Create an agile, resilient network capable of meeting the future needs of our rapidly changing society.

    Develop links with external organisations

    This project benefits from linkages with BT, one of the world's leading communications service providers.

    Join an exciting research environment

    The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further opportunities throughout this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. We are committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates suitable employment practise undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

    Who should apply?

    We are seeking applications from graduates with a good degree in a relevant discipline such as Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. You must have the demonstrable potential for creative, high-quality PhD research.

    Studentship funding

    Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and stipend (£17,000 2017/18 [tax-free])) for UK/EU students for 3.5 years. Unfortunately, funding is not available for International (non-EU) students.

    For further information

    For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Nick Race.

    Application process

    Please apply online via Lancaster University Postgraduate Admissions Portal.

    Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English - see here. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don't expect it as part of this application process.

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Computing and Technology

    We welcome PhD applications in a new and exciting research area that arises from Lancaster's involvement in the Institute of Coding. This research includes our work on building a broader participation base for computer science and reducing the inequalities both in computing education and in the computing industry. This work opens up the opportunity to draw on existing research to understand barriers to participation and to further develop this understanding through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis techniques.

    Potential proposals from applicants could include, but are not restricted to, working on the following projects:

    • Diversity and Inclusion in Computing Education
      Investigating the construction of computing education at a variety of levels (e.g. Key Stages 1-5 to Higher Education), and engaging with policy documents, appropriate curricula, and practitioners - to promote an inclusive computing education for diverse student cohorts.
    • Collaborative Research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Technology
      Understanding and addressing barriers and motivators to engaging in computing careers and the implications of workforce diversity for innovation, decision making and performance in the technology industries. "Companies with a broad, diverse employee base outperform others" - IBM, 2016. "Diversity + Inclusion = Better decision making at work" - Forbes, 2017
    • The Role of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for Equality in Computing
      Scope and pursue opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion through HCI, focusing on issues such as feminist HCI, social justice, and activism for equality and empowerment in computer science.
    • Learning from Advocates of Diversity and Inclusion in Computing
      Discovering why minority groups have pursued computing education and careers, alongside understanding the fundamentals of their empowerment and any barriers they have overcome. Researching the steps made by schools, colleges, universities or companies to encourage diversity in computing and examine the deployment of successful tools or mechanisms more widely.

    If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to discuss forming an application that suits your interest, please contact Dr Lynne Blair at l.blair@lancaster.ac.uk.

  • Data-Centric Systems Cyber Security - ICS

    Details

    Start date October 2020 (an early start is an option for interested students)
    Deadline September 2020
    Interview date TBC
    Academic requirements First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

    ICS Security

    Cyber-attacks targeting Industrial Control Systems (ICS) can result in widespread Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) service disruption. Such attacks have become increasingly prevalent over recent years. This has been recognised by ICS operators, with over three-quarters of those recently surveyed believing attackers are either very or quite likely, to target core operations. However, only less than a quarter believe that they are compliant with the baseline security guidance/regulations.

    Although legislation has been recently introduced as a mechanism to improve the cybersecurity posture of CNI, research is required towards the continued development and evaluation of incident response techniques, delivering support and guidance for operators in their preparations, should the worst happen. However, the use of appropriate facilities, tools, and techniques, to conduct evaluations of this nature are limited. Captured under the umbrella term of Cyber Exercising, this project will seek to better understand the legal, industry, and practical requirements, aligned to the testing of cyber incident response techniques and processes for ICSs, including their application within CNI. Utilizing our existing iDiD testbeds, this project will explore the practical application of cyber exercising, and develop new benchmark models, supporting frameworks, and tooling, to posit new and innovative solutions towards the enhancement of existing approaches. The appointed candidate will contribute to the continued development of Security Lancaster’s iDiD testbeds, and related projects aligned to the core research theme of ICS Cyber Security.

    Supervisors

    Professor Neeraj Suri and Dr Benjamin Green will co-supervise and welcome informal enquiries.

    Security Lancaster

    The appointed candidate will reside in the School of Computing and Communications Cyber Security Group, which forms part of the Security Lancaster Institute. The overarching aim of the institute is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Centre will be driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter will be achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners.

    Further Details & Application Process

    • Each PhD positions is for a three and a half years duration. Tuition fees are covered (for EU/UK citizens) along with a tax-free stipend (15K/year circa 2020-2021) for the duration of the PhD.
    • Candidates should submit an application following the application instructions.

    Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don't expect it as part of this application process.

  • Data-Centric Systems Cyber Security - Network Security

    Details

    Start date October 2020 (an early start is an option for interested students)
    Deadline September 2020
    Interview date TBC
    Academic requirements First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

    Network Security

    The Cyber Security research group at Lancaster University solicits applications for a PhD Student position in the detection and mitigation of traffic misdirection attacks against the Internet routing system. To student is expected to leverage the science and technology of Internet measurements and analysis, and develop novel network monitoring and machine-learning techniques to tackle the existing security vulnerabilities.

    Traffic misdirection attacks exploit the fact that the Internet's core routing protocol, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), lacks built-in security mechanisms to protect the integrity of the exchanged routing information, and to provide authentication and authorisation of the advertised IP address space. Any adversary with access on the routing system can inject fraudulent routes and execute an array of attacks, including Denial of Service (DoS), impersonation and eavesdropping [1]. We are now witnessing an alarming number of such traffic misdirection incidents that result in comprised critical infrastructure and services. The rise of cyber-warfare, namely politically motivated state-sponsored attacks have increased the severity of routing exploits, and combined with the current difficulty of preventing such attacks has attracted the attention of government agencies and international media [2]. Successful completion of the studentship research has the potential for broad impact, since developing the necessary cyber-intelligence on the security of the routing system can benefit all Internet stakeholders.

    The ideal candidate would be familiar with Internet routing and network measurement techniques, possess strong computer programming skills and have a solid background in algorithm design, big data analytics and machine learning.

    References

    1. A. Mitseva, A. Panchenko, and T. Engel. The State of Affairs in BGP Security: A Survey of Attacks and Defences. Computer Communications, 2018.
    2. Sherman, Justin. "It's far too easy for countries like Russia and China to hijack Internet traffic." Slate Magazine, Slate, 16 Nov 2018.

    Supervisors

    Professor Neeraj Suri and Dr Vasileios Giotsas will co-supervise and welcome informal enquiries.

    Security Lancaster

    The appointed candidate will reside in the School of Computing and Communications Cyber Security Group, which forms part of the Security Lancaster Institute. The overarching aim of the institute is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Centre will be driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter will be achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners.

    Further Details & Application Process

    • Each PhD positions is for a three and a half years duration. Tuition fees are covered (for EU/UK citizens) along with a tax-free stipend (15K/year circa 2020-2021) for the duration of the PhD.
    • Candidates should apply following the application instructions.

    Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don't expect it as part of this application process.

  • Data-Centric Systems Cyber Security - Cloud Security

    Details

    Start date October 2020 (an early start is an option for interested students)
    Deadline September 2020
    Interview date TBC
    Academic requirements First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

    Cloud Security

    The pervasiveness of Cloud computing [1] also implies our increasing dependence on it to provide for the reliable and trustworthy delivery of services. As the Cloud infrastructure and its services are exposed to attacks, the need is to (a) analyse the Cloud’s vulnerability to varied classes of attacks, (b) to develop mechanisms (access control, authorization, attestation…) to provide for resilience to attacks, (c) to develop techniques to assess and measure the degree of potential disruptions, and (d) conduct testing and validation across the entire technology stack of architectures, middleware and services.

    We seek candidates for exploratory research in all areas of design, analysis and assessment of Cloud security.

    Reference

    1. Distributed Systems Security, CyBOK

    Supervisors

    Professor Neeraj Suri and Dr Antonios Gouglidis will co-supervise and welcome informal enquiries.

    Security Lancaster

    The appointed candidate will reside in the School of Computing and Communications Cyber Security Group, which forms part of the Security Lancaster Institute. The overarching aim of the institute is to derive additional capability for collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education. The research in the Centre will be driven by an ethos of undertaking theoretically rich, use-inspired research. The latter will be achieved through close collaboration between the scientists in Security Lancaster and our industry and practice partners.

    Further Details & Application Process

    • Each PhD positions is for a three and a half years duration. Tuition fees are covered (for EU/UK citizens) along with a tax-free stipend (15K/year circa 2020-2021) for the duration of the PhD.
    • Candidates should submit an application following the application instructions.

    Please note if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. We only need this evidence if we offer you the funded position. We don't expect it as part of this application process.

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre

HighWire is a Doctoral Training Centre at Lancaster University. We have a post-disciplinary approach to innovation through research which crosses computing, design and management.

HighWire DTC