Privacy and Usability: 2 PhD positions, UCL 1531 views

Two PhD studentships are available on project Privacy and Usability which is funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network at University College London-Computer Science.

The project will fund 13 PhD studentships (3 of which hosted or co-hosted at UCL) with a duration of 36 months, starting August 2016. Students will be recruited and primarily based at the host institution but will spend a minimum of six months in secondment to another member of the consortium or a partner organization.

Position 1: (hosted at UCL): Privacy-Preserving Personal Genomic Testing

  • Investigate how to securely and efficiently store genomic data, design and implementing privacy-preserving genomic testing, as well as support user-centered design of secure personal genomic applications.
  • Guides: Emiliano De Cristofaro and George Danezis

Position 2: (hosted at UCL): Privacy of Personal Health Data

  • Better understand and support individuals’ decision-making around healthcare data disclosure, weighing up personal and societal costs and benefits of disclosure. .
  • Guides: Ann Blandford and M. Angela Sasse

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates are expected to have at least a strong 2:1 (or equivalent mark) degree in Computer Science/Engineering/Mathematics/Human–Computer Interaction or a related master’s course.
  • For position 1, solid engineering mathematics background and keenness to become fluent with security, privacy, modern cryptographic constructions is required.
  • Sound software engineering, networking, and statistics background is necessary.
  • For position 2, some familiarity in HCI, a motivation to engage with issues of data security and privacy, and an interest in healthcare will be advantageous.
  • Experience of qualitative research methods is needed.
  • Applicants must have not resided in the UK for more than 1 year between Aug 2013 and Aug 2016
  • Applicants must have received the degree enabling them to enroll for a PhD program AFTER Aug 2012.
  • English Language Requirements: provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the program.
————–Quick Overview————-
OrganizationUniversity College London (UCL)
Fellowship LevelDoctorate
Subject areasComputer Science, Mathematics
Fellowship amountVaries
EligibilityOpen for International Applicants
Deadline30 June 2016

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