Securing IoT over wireless networks using emerging blockchain

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


An exciting opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD studentship in the Faculty of Environment and Technology, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by the Computer Science Research Centre, UWE Bristol. Ref: 2021-OCT-FET09

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 October 2021.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 July 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 on or Dr Essam Ghadafi on  


The studentship is available from 1 October 2021 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 (UK/EU rates only). Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.


Applicants must have at least a good honours degree, and preferably a master's 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. 

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2021-OCT-FET09.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your CV, research statement, 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 (research proposal attachment): please provide a statement explaining, 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 before you submit your application. 

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 July 2021.

Further information

Interviews will take place within 4 weeks of the closing date for applications. If you have not heard from us by this date then we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.