PhD Studentship in Applied Cryptography

Guildford, United Kingdom
10 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The PhD student will join the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (, and will be supervised by Professor Liqun Chen who is currently doing research on cryptography applied to a broad range of areas in secure systems.

We are looking for an excellent, motivated, self-driven doctoral student to work on applied cryptography, developing necessary cryptographic theory and putting it into practice. The major responsibilities of the role are to pursue the designated doctoral studies. The PhD student will be free to choose and develop their own research program, one that is ideally aligned with one or more of these research areas (under the direct guidance of their supervisor) and to communicate the results of their research verbally and in writing (in English).


Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree or preferably a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Security or similar discipline. Students who are expected to receive their MSc degree (or equivalent) in 2018 are also encouraged to apply. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate proficiency in the English language, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).  Open to European/UK students only.

Basic knowledge of computer science and information security is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas would also be desirable: cryptography, programming and formal analysis. As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are needed.

How to apply

The application process requires the submission of a CV, two letters of recommendation or contact information of two referees, attested copies of degree certificates and transcripts from all university-level courses taken. How to apply can be found in the following link:

In addition to the above, as part of your application, you are also required to upload the following documents:

  • Statement of purpose (1-3 pages) where you introduce yourself, explain why you want to pursue a PhD degree, present your qualifications and describe your future research plans;
  • Research proposal describing your research area of interest and motivation. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in? Previous research fields and main research results should also be mentioned. It is important to include parts of your own work such as theses and articles that you have authored or co-authored.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly to arrange a suitable time for an interview.

For any questions regarding the application process or an informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Liqun Chen on (+44 1483 68 4615).

In the application form, clearly state you are applying for the PhD opportunity on Automated Visual Detection of Plant Anomalies supervised by Prof Yang Gao.

Funding notes

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum, and is available to students of UK/EU residency. PhD student positions are limited to three years.

The position is intended to start in October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications open all year round until a suitable candidate is found.

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