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Location University of Newcastle, Engineering and Built Environment
App. deadline 30/03/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

Cyber Security - Advanced Authorization Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

Cyber Security PhD Scholarship

University of Newcastle with Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group

Supervisors:  Prof. Vijay Varadharajan, The University of Newcastle and Dr. Anton V. Uzunov, DST Group

Topic Area: Advanced Authorization Infrastructures for Distributed Autonomic Systems

This research aims to develop architecture and algorithms that enable software systems to self-protect against cyber security threats. The work will investigate access control, privileges, keys and their enforcement in a range of systems and devices, including cloud servers and Internet of Things (IoT). The project will deliver proof-of-concept case studies to validate the models and techniques developed.  It is envisioned that the outcomes and outputs of the project will be specifically applicable to IoT and autonomous cyber defence scenarios.

The Advanced Cyber Security Research Centre at UON offers students opportunities to acquire knowledge and advanced training in a high growth sector in Australia. Project supervisors Prof Vijay Varadharajan (UON) and Dr. Anton Uzunov (Defence Science and Technology Group) are internationally recognised for their expertise in cyber security research, development and industry application.


Suitable for Computer Science, Elec Eng or Mathematics graduate, or other tertiary qualification with related interest/experience. Australian citizenship required. Basic knowledge of cryptography and security techniques will be helpful.

Scholarship conditions

The successful applicant will be awarded a full tuition fee scholarship, a laptop for research studies and a living allowance of $27082 pa. The scholarship may also include a relocation allowance (up to $1,500) and overseas student health cover. PhD scholarships are for 3½ years.

To apply

Please submit your CV, academic transcript and cover letter outlining your interest in the project to


Applications close Friday 30th March 2018

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Prof Vijay Varadharajan

Dr Anton Uzunov