PhD Research Studentships at the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research

Faculty Of Science And Technology

Project Descriptions

The Centre for Security, Communications and Networks Research (CSCAN) at Plymouth University (UK) has one PhD Studentship available for the academic year starting on 1 January 2014. The studentship is available in any of the following projects:

  • Project A: Study of input and output Hamming distance distributions for cryptographic hash functions.
  • Project B: Study of public key encryption systems and semantic security.
  • Project C: Digital compression featuring vector quantisation using well packed codes.

In the application form, each applicant must specify one or two projects in which they are interested, and explain how their expertise fits the proposed research project.


Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a high grade Bachelors or Masters Degree in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines. The candidates must have good programming skills and a strong motivation for research. Previous experience on error correction coding is desirable.


The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £13,726 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £9,790 per annum).

For further information on the project or for an informal discussion, please contact Dr Mohammed Zaki Ahmed at Details about Plymouth University can be found at

For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit Applicants should send a completed application form with copies of their qualifications and transcripts, two academic references, English Language qualification (if appropriate), a covering letter and a CV to Mrs Carole Watson, Room A425 Portland Square, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA or via email to

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 22rd November 2013.

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