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Doctoral Studentships: Trusted Environments for Privacy-Preserving Analytics

Posted: 18th June 2015

Doctoral Studentships:  Trusted Environments for Privacy-Preserving Analytics

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Supervisors: Professors Andrew Martin & Andrew Simpson

Start Date: October 2015  

We invite applications for two studentships funded by the Intel Corporation for a project called “Applying the Trusted Remote Environment (AppTRE)”.  One student will study how Trusted Computing Architectures based on Intel’s new SGX technology can be used to implement ‘Trustworthy Remote Entities’ with strong guarantees of privacy protection.  The other student will study algorithms and approaches to data analysis which can run in such contexts, processing privacy-sensitive data without unwanted disclosures.

 The studentships are tenable from October 2015, for three years in each case, subject to satisfactory progress.  In special circumstances, it may be possible to delay the start date.  The annual stipend payable is £17057.   The studentship also covers the payment of College and University fees at the home/EU rate.  [Applicants liable to pay the higher overseas fee will need to be able to show a source of funds to cover the difference.]

 The ideal candidates will have a good first degree and a Master’s in a relevant discipline.   They will have an appreciation of the main current concerns in the area of privacy, and some experience of designing and/or implementing distributed systems software.   Practical experience of large data sets or trusted computing will be an additional advantage.   Applicants must in addition satisfy the usual requirements for studying for a doctorate at Oxford, see selection criteria here:

 Please apply online:

 We will start considering applications on 1st July, but will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.  Early application is recommended.     Interviews will be held face-to-face or online/by phone as soon as possible.  Please specify in your application if there are dates when you are unavailable.   Informal enquiries for the two studentships may be directed to or respectively.

 If you have any questions on the application process please email: