Apply now: PhD studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

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Title: PhD Studentship in Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

Type of award: PhD Research Studentship

Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Scholarship details: Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to prior to the start date of their studentship) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,285 in 2020/21). 

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: Home/EU applicants only

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2021 (now closed)

Starting date: on or before 31st July 2021 

PhD topic background/description

PhD applications are sought for immediate start in the Communications Systems & Networks research group at the University of Bristol. This studentship will be funded through our EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). The SWAN partnership includes Toshiba Research Europe Limited (Bristol Research & Innovation Laboratory), Roke Manor Research Limited and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Wireless access is essential to the networks that underpin modern life, but many networks which rely on radio frequency (RF) interfaces are especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks or other failures. In this five-year joint research programme, the partnership will identify vulnerabilities in the RF interfaces so techniques can be developed to detect and mitigate against the effects of cyber-attacks.

We are seeking to enrich our team in one of the following areas:

  • Cyber Intrusion Detection in IoT Sensor Networks through ML/DL/AI
  • RF Fingerprinting for Cyber Intrusion Detection
  • Exploiting the Composite Antenna Wireless Channel for Cyber Defence
  • Secure PHY Layer Techniques for Wireless Connectivity 

Further particulars

Additional information about the possible topics is available in SWAN PhD Studentship - Further Details.

Candidate requirements

Open to UK students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of their programme. Also open to EU applicants who have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

Candidates must also comply with the entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to be considered for. Please see the Admissions Statement for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD which is for entry in the 2020/21 academic year.

EU students who start on or after 1 August 2021 who do not have pre-settled or settled status in the UK will be classed as International students.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries welcomed via

Application details

Applications should be made using our online application system:

Applicants should select “PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering” as their programme, include a short statement on one of the topics above, and clearly indicate “SWAN Prosperity Partnership Studentship” as their funding source in the Funding section.