PhD Studentship: Blockchain techniques for shared collaborative project planning in secure environments

An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the area of Cyber Security within the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE Bristol. The studentship will be jointly funded by UWE Bristol and Techmodal.

The expected start date of this studentship is Monday 1st April 2019.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

About the studentship

This project aims to explore the utilisation of Blockchain technology within secure military defence environments, for sharing of collaborative supply chain documents that may contain both public and private elements.

The research will explore the trade-off between privacy-preserving technologies and encryption techniques, and the needs for transparency and explainability – for example, when making machine-driven decisions from private confidential data, or when there are disruptions or adjustments made within the supply chain.

The student will be primarily based at UWE’s Frenchay campus within the Computer Science Research Centre (CSRC). There will also be occasions when the student will need visit Techmodal at their Bristol Harbourside offices.

About Techmodal

‘We’re a Bristol based consultancy and technology company founded by PhD students Martin Jonik and Davis Evans in 2005.

As an enthusiastic team of over 80 market experts, data scientists, consultants and systems analysts, we thrive on ingenuity to solve complex problems.

Our shared commitment for rapid, agile and jargon-free delivery, has ensured our position as a trusted partner within the Defence, Commercial and Public Sectors for over 10 years.’

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Dr Phil Legg on

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1st April 2019 for a period of three and a half (3.5) years, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes  a tax-exempt stipend which is currently £14,777 per annum. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years at Home / EU rates, along with reasonable transport costs for visiting project partners. 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline, with a research interest in the areas of security, privacy, cryptographic techniques, data analytics, and machine learning.

Due to the nature of the work conducted by Techmodal, all applicants must be eligible to successfully complete National Security Vetting. Further details can be found here: UK/EU applicants only are eligible for this studentship.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please complete and return the following forms:

Please consult the Graduate School studentship application guidance notes when completing the above forms.  The Guidance Notes also detail the supporting documentation that must be provided with the application form. 

Your application form and supporting documentation should be submitted to the UWE Graduate School at by midnight on the closing date for applications.   

Each of your referees must complete and return the following reference form to the Graduate School in support of your application:

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

Further information

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 6th February 2019.  If you have not heard from us by 8th February 2019, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.


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