Two Fully-Funded PhD Studentships: Computer Science Research Centre and Techmodal

An opportunity to apply for a fully-funded PhD in the area of Cyber Security within the Computer Science Research Centre. The studentship will be jointly funded by UWE Bristol and Techmodal Ltd.

Studentship start date: 1st October 2019

Closing date for applications: Friday 26th April 2019

Interview date: 7th May 2019

About the studentship

UWE are pleased to offer two PhD studentships working with the Security theme within the Computer Science Research Centre (CSRC), supported by Techmodal Ltd. There are two proposed research areas open for exploration:

  • Trust and Security of Machine Learning Applications: How can we establish trust in machine learning applications? How can we learn from adversarial examples? Are there better interactive techniques that can improve the security of human-machine learning?
  •  Trust and Security in the Supply Chain and Distributed Collaborations: How can we improve supply chain trust in sensitive environments? How can blockchain concepts be utilized or exploited, both by trusted parties and by malicious actors? Are there better forms of interactive supply chain management that enable privacy and trust between all parties?

The specific topic areas will be refined by the student as part of their work to establish a suitable PhD topic proposal, in order to both address real-world research challenges whilst also working with Techmodal to identify real-world impact in the context of military defence and national security.
About Techmodal:

‘We’re a Bristol based consultancy and technology company founded by PhD students Martin Jonik and David 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.’

As a partner in the PhD studentships, the student would work closely with the team at Techmodal at their Bristol Harbourside offices.

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

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1st October 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 Friday 26th April 2019.

Further information

Interviews will take place on Friday 3rd May 2019.  If you have not heard from us by 10th May 2019, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.


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