PhD Studentship Opportunity in Satellite Systems Security

Surrey (GB)
04 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) and Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at the University of Surrey invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Satellite System Security to work on an industry-funded research project TargetSat: Security of COTS-based Satellite Systems. The project is funded by the NCC Group and aims to develop understanding of security risks and requirements associated with the use of commercial off-the-shelf components (incl. operating systems and software) in satellites and ground control systems, identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in existing single and multi-satellite architectures and communication protocols, and propose mitigating countermeasures. An appropriate test-bed facility will be developed as part of this project.

The PhD student will be supervised jointly by Dr Mark Manulis (SCCS, primary supervisor) and Dr Christopher Bridges (SSC, co-supervisor). NCC Group will appoint an industrial supervisor to facilitate academic-industry exchange and provide access to their cybersecurity expertise.

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants are expected to hold Bachelor or Master degree in Information Security, Electronic Engineering, or Computer Science and will have strong background knowledge and core skills in embedded systems and wireless communications. This includes familiarity with:

Additional background knowledge in satellite computing subsystems, telemetry and telecomm and, communication protocols and error-correction techniques would be desirable. We particularly welcome applications from ongoing students who are projected to fulfil the above criteria and complete their degree in 2018.

Open for EU/UK students only.


The appointed candidate will receive a tax-free PhD stipend of GBP 20,000 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. Additional funding is available to support conference travel, participation in PhD summer schools and engagement with NCC Group.

Apply now

For informal enquiries prior to application please contact: Dr Mark Manulis (

For Enquiries on the application procedure please contact:

Formal applications should be submitted through our programme page. You should make clear in your application that you are applying for this studentship.

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

NCC Group is a global expert in cyber security and risk mitigation, working with businesses to protect their brand, value and reputation against the ever-evolving threat landscape. Through an unrivalled suite of services, NCC Group provide piece of mind to organisations across all sectors and operating with all manner of technologies, that their most important assets are protected, available and operating as they should be at all times.

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Application deadline: This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal closing date of 31 July 2018. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received. Planned start date is October 2018.

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