Strong security and privacy in contactless electronic payments
Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) at the University of Surrey invites applications for a fully-funded studentship in cryptography.
You will receive a tax-free stipend of £22,000 per year (for 3 and a half 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.
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 electronic payments with enhanced security and privacy based on physical properties, such as the distance between the payee and the contactless terminal. The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the security and privacy properties of the EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) payment protocols. The successful candidate will be working under supervision of Dr Ioana Boureanu (Principal Supervisor) and Prof. Liqun Chen (Co-Supervisor).
Successful applicants are expected to:
- Have a bachelors degree with second-upper class honours in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline or alternatively, a masters degree in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline.
- 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.
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 PhD Computer Science course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered.
This is a ongoing studentship with a nominal closing date of 31 March 2018. 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.