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Doctoral Bursary in Computer Security with Teaching Opportunities

Doctoral Bursary in Computer Security, with Teaching Opportunities

The School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering are pleased to announce one Doctoral bursary.  This is a full time UK/EU fees only Ph.D. bursary in Computer Security, with part-time teaching opportunities.

Leeds Beckett University, School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering, is undergoing growth in research and teaching in the field of computer/cyber/information security. Our BSc Computer Forensics and Security degree has recently become one of the largest in the school, and the student-run Leeds Ethical Hacking Society provides students with an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with each other. Our security research has a focus on work related to human factors of computer security; this typically involves proposing, designing, developing and evaluating novel technical solutions. 

We welcome research proposals in any area of computer security. In particular, we are interested in applicants interested in working to propose and evaluate new technical solutions to mobile device security and privacy, particularly based on extending the Android/Linux platform with new usable security and privacy features, such as novel sandboxing and access control solutions.

The successful candidate should have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an ICT-related degree, will have a strong interest in security, and will have experience in software development, preferably with programming experience using Java, C and/or C++. 

This position is expected to involve part-time teaching opportunities in the areas of digital security, computer science, and/or computing. Public speaking, teaching experience, or any other experience in these areas, will be favourable.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside leading academics.  

To discuss the project in more detail or for informal enquiries please contact Dr Z. Cliffe Schreuders on

Potential applicants should review the University’s Regulations  prior to making an application. 

How to apply

Closing date: Midnight on 30 June 2015.

Applicants are asked to complete the following:

  • Research student AET computing application.
  • Scanned copies of their certificates (undergraduate and masters certificates) and transcripts.
  • Scanned copy of your passport and UK visas (if applicable).

You must also provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings below as a guide. The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references included as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a PhD Studentship.

a) Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD
b) Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focused line of enquiry
c) Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD in the area of research
d) Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge
e) Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the three year studentship.

Please email all documents to titling your email AET Studentship.