PhD Studentship in IoT Based Security Solutions

University of Derby, Department of Electronic, Mathematics and Computing

One funded full time traditional route PhD studentship is available as part of the University’s wider investment for the next Research Assessment Framework (REF). Building upon its successes in REF 2014, the Department of Electronic, Mathematics and Computing aims to deliver a 3* performance equivalent to internationally excellent level in the next round of REF assessment (expected in 2021). The studentship covers tuition fee to the UK home/EU level and provide a tax-free stipend of £14,777 pa for 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. The start date is January 2019 or the next available intake.


Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£14,777 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees


Full Time


18 November 2018


w/c 3 December 2018

Start date:

January 2019


Number of attacks on people especially women in moving vehicles, such as, public bus or private car, has raised alarmingly in the past few years. One common scenario in this kind of attack is that the victims are abducted and attacked while the vehicles are in motion. These victims could have been saved if there were any means to inform the nearest police patrol timely by identifying and predicting the location of the moving vehicle. With the help of GPS the current location of the victim can be identified. Based on the analysis of speed and direction of the vehicle from the GPS data the forthcoming location of the moving vehicle can be predicted and the nearest on duty patrol can be informed to take prompt action.

The candidate should be interested to conduct research in the area of IoT Based Security Solutions. He/she should have interest and expertise in using various IoT based simulation tools, familiarity with various data analysis and machine learning technology and tools, experience with using virtual machine and cloud computing. The candidate should have excellent communication and writing skills. You would work within a multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Derby with expertise in both the mathematics and computing aspects of this challenge.

Teaching responsibilities

Prospective candidates will also have a post graduate teaching assistant (PGTA) status within the College. On average over a calendar year a PGTA should be prepared to spend a maximum of 250 hours on teaching-related duties. These duties include teaching contact, preparation and any assessment. In practice during semesters, which extend for about 24 teaching weeks per year, the PGTA may expect on average to be engaged in teaching-related duties for about 10 hours per week. This teaching-related work will not exceed 20 hours in any single week. In addition to days in which no engagement is expected, there should be at least a further 16 weeks each calendar year when the PGTA has no teaching duties. There is no additional remuneration in respect of these teaching duties. In addition to their teaching duties which automatically contribute towards their teaching development, the successful candidates are also expected to commit a minimum of further 17 hours per week over 45 weeks each year to their programme of personal research.

Entry Requirements  

Previous research experience is required, either at Masters level or as strong component of independent project work at Bachelor's level. Prior experience with Big Data would be an advantage but is not essential. We welcome applications both from candidates with a first degree in a Mathematics-related subject, with a strong interest in computing and from candidates with a first degree in a computing-related subject with an interest in working in the Big Data science.

How to apply:

In order to apply, please see the University website at In addition to the documents requested on the website, please also include with your application a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter. Completed applications should be submitted by email to, quoting reference E&T_IoT_PGTA_1018 in the subject line.

For further information and informal discussions on possible research topics please contact Dr. Kaniz Fatema ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Studentships are available to UK/EU and International applicants. If your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.