UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

PhD Studentship, Multi-Factor Authentication

Location
Guildford, United Kingdom
Posted
10 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Ref
003018
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Studentship description

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.

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 multi-factor authentication protocols. The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the functionality, security and privacy properties of multi-factor authentication in single-server and federated authentication scenarios, while taking into account existing authentication frameworks such as FIDO UAF/U2F, OAuth 2.0, etc. The successful candidate will be working under supervision of Dr Mark Manulis (Principal Supervisor, http://www.manulis.eu) and Dr Thanassis Giannetsos (Co-Supervisor).

Entry Requirements

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.

Funding

You will receive a tax-free stipend of approximately £22,000 per year (for 3.5 years). Additional funding is available to support presentation of research results at international conferences, participation in PhD summer schools, other scientific events, and engagement with industry. 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.

Additional requirements

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.

How to apply

Applicants should submit their applications through our Computer Science programme page.

Application/project enquiries

It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting their applications, candidates inquire with Dr Mark Manulis (m.manulis@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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