PhD Opportunity: Network Security and Mitigation Techniques in Software Defined Networks – Oct. 2018

Project Details:

Software Defined Networks have transformed the current networking environment by offering scalability, programmability and flexibility in the network architecture. However, even though SDNs make it easier to mitigate specific attacks, such as DoS, they open up the space for new types of attack. Currently, OpenFlow, is the most popular SDN implementation and is used in some production environments.

The successful applicant will perform high-quality research, at Wolfson School’s “Signal Processing and Networks” research group, in topics related to computer networks and network security. Therefore, a strong background in computer network communications is essential (e.g. the OSI stack). A core element of this project will be advanced network attacks, threat detection and mitigation techniques implemented in distributed SDN networks using the OpenFlow protocol (or equivalent). Of particular research interest to this project for achieving these goals are the following tools: pattern recognition for advanced network attacks, machine learning and statistical algorithms for anomaly-based intrusion detection, distributed algorithms and game theory. Development and research on some of these tools will be the “heart” of the research project.

In addition the project will follow a practical/demonstrable approach, rather than restrict in theoretical approaches, and therefore, network traffic measurements and network architecture vulnerability exploration are going to be elements of the project.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of network communications protocol stack (such as TCP/IP, 802.11), experience with machine learning techniques, experience with C, Python or MATLAB programming and Linux OS are desirable.

Regarding the PhD position:

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Apply: https://goo.gl/DGEG4g

Supervisors:

Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos and Professor Sangarapillai Lambotharan

For further details

Contact Dr Kyriakopoulos at “elkk [at] lboro.ac.uk” with email subject “SDN 2018”.

Postdoc and PhD vacancies in Software Defined Network Security at Loughborough University

Project Details:

The successful applicant will perform high-quality research in one or more of the topics related to computer networks and network security. Therefore, a strong background in computer network communications is essential. A core element of this project will be advanced network attacks and OpenFlow. Of particular research interest to this post is pattern recognition for advanced network attacks, machine learning and statistical algorithms for anomaly-based intrusion detection, network traffic measurements and intelligent data fusion, distributed algorithms, network architecture vulnerability exploration. Please, if you are interested, contact the primary supervisor (Dr. Kyriakopoulos) for more details and for raising your interest.

Brief overview of desired skills for both vacancies:

Strong coding skills and research abilities are required. Knowledge of network communications protocol stack (such as TCP/IP, 802.11), wired and wireless sniffing, experience with data mining/machine learning techniques, experience with C, Python or MATLAB programming and Linux OS are desirable.

Regarding the postdoc position:

This position is full time, two years fixed term. Salary will be on Specialist and Supporting Academic Grade 6, £29,301 – £33,943 per annum, at a starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and to be confirmed on offer of appointment.

Apply: http://bit.ly/SDN_cybersecurity

Regarding the PhD position:

The studentship will start in July 2017, for three years, and currently provides a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,052 p.a.).

Apply: http://bit.ly/SDN4sec

Supervisors:

Dr. Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos and Professor Sangarapillai Lambotharan

For further details

Contact Dr Kyriakopoulos at “elkk [at] lboro.ac.uk” with email subject “SDN cybersecurity”.

Wireless Network Security in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University invites applications for a PhD to work on connected vehicle communication networks, including but not limited to:

  • vulnerability exploration
  • identification and mitigation in V2V communication
  • architectures and protocols for unmanned autonomous vehicles
  • 5G communication for autonomous vehicles
  • ad-hoc networking, routing and meshing

For more information check:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/research/meme/research-opportunities/

and search for: “Wireless Network Security in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”