The Cryptography Research Group at University College Cork (UCC) is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on the project “Adaptive Privacy-preservation in the Internet of Things”. The research work will focus on advanced cryptography and privacy techniques, including local differential privacy and homomorphic encryption/secure multi-party computation, and how they can be applied to smart and IoT settings.
The PhD student will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Paolo Palmieri, University College Cork (UCC), and co-Investigator Dr. Hazel Murray, Munster Technological University (MTU). The student will join the thriving Security Group at UCC, where several other PhD students and Post-Doctoral researchers are carrying out related research. The project is a collaboration between UCC (host organization) and MTU, and part of CONNECT - Centre for Future Networks & Communications, a major Science Foundation Ireland research initiative.
Candidates should have a background/strong interest in security and privacy, as well as a good grasp of mathematics. Previous experience in cryptography is an asset, but is not required. Applicants should hold a good honours undergraduate or Masters degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, or other relevant subject.
The successful applicant will receive a stipend of €19,000 per annum for up to four years (subject to successful annual progress reviews) and an annual contribution towards tuition fees. As part of the project, a travel budget is available to present at international conferences. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the Principal Investigator and co-Investigator extensive network of international research collaborations.
We anticipate a start date for PhD students to be Autumn 2023 or shortly thereafter.
Applications must include, in PDF format only: 1) Cover Letter (1 page) explaining their interest in the project topic, and mentioning any previous experience in security/privacy/cryptography;2) Full CV; 3) Transcript of results for all university level modules and courses.
Contact: Informal inquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Paolo Palmieri, at:
How to apply: Applications can be submitted at the following link:
Deadline: September 7, 2023. Early applications are encouraged.