Securing IoT over wireless networks using emerging blockchain


An opportunity to apply for a full-time PhD in the Faculty of the Environment and Technology. The studentship will be funded by the Computer Science Research Centre: Ref 2022-MAR-FET01.

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 March 2022.

The closing date for applications is 23 November 2021.

About the studentship

This PhD will investigate the use of emerging blockchain variants and proof of location for securing the Internet of Things (IoT) over wireless networks.

The candidate will work under a supervisory team with high expertise in IoT, wireless networks and protocols from, blockchain and information security, including Dr Djamel Djenouri, Dr Essam Ghadafi and Dr Christopher Carr. The candidate will investigate the utilisation of emerging variants of blockchains, such as redactable directed acyclic graph (DAG) based blockchain, as well as proof-of-location techniques for securing IoT and wireless devices. They will accordingly propose original solutions while mitigating the inherent performance effects caused by unreliable wireless communication channels, and limitations of IoT devices.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Djamel Djenouri ( or Dr Essam Ghadafi (


The studentship is available from March 2022 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,609 per annum.

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years.


Applicants must have at least a good honours degree, and preferably a Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a closely related discipline. Familiarity with security and/or IoT (e.g. through a final year project) is highly desirable.

International applicants are welcome to apply. A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted, use the reference number 2022-MAR-FET01.

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form. 

Research statement: Please explain, in no more than 500 words, your motivation and how your skill-set and experience could contribute to the proposed topic of this PhD project.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 23 November 2021.

Further information

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted within 2 weeks from the closing date for applications for the interview. If you have not heard from us by this time, then we thank you for your application but, on this occasion, you have not been successful.