Exploring post-quantum cryptography into block-chain technology

This project aims to explore post-quantum cryptography into blockchain technology.

Start date
31 March 2018
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

Funding will provide an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,000 and coverage of the home/EU tuition fees. 

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The candidate may need to do research on the following areas (but not limited to): blockchain (cryptocurrencies, smart-contracts), distributed consensus protocols, and post-quantum cryptography (signature, encryption). We expect the candidate to undertake not only theoretical-centre research but also some level of implementation.

The candidate should be passionate about applied research and development of cutting-edge security technologies. With a strong desire to work on problems with real-world impact and commercial value, the candidate is expected to conduct high-quality applied research by working closely with a team of security domain experts.

Eligibility criteria

Entry requirements


  • Bachelors degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related field (UK equivalent of 2:1 classification or above)
  • Interest in cryptography and information security
  • Adequate programming skills in Java, C/C++, Python
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Highly motivated, independent and resourceful team player
  • Strong analytical thinking, interpersonal and problem solving skills


  • Master degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related field (UK equivalent of Merit classification or above)
  • Knowledge of post-quantum cryptography and block-chain
  • Strong programming skills in Java, C/C++, Python

How to apply

Formal applications can be made through our PhD Computer Science course page.

The process requires the submission of:

  • Your CV (preferably no longer than 2 pages)
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts from all universitylevel courses taken/
  • References - please provide names of 2 referees, ideally uploading 2 references at the time of application also.

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

  • A cover letter (explaining your interests in computer science)
  • Any relevant research experience (including examples of previous project work).


The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018. Applications will be considered as they arrive and may close earlier if the right candidate is identified.

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