School of Computing

Funded PhD - Self-Protecting Software Systems

The School of Computing is currently inviting applications for a PhD scholarship.

This opportunity falls under the joint Kent-Lille PhD Scholarship partnership (Cotutelle), for further details please visit our Scholarship Finder

The Project

The ability of software systems to protect themselves against malicious behaviour requires security by design to be an integral part in their development, deployment and operation. The innovative aspect of this research is the application of model-driven engineering and dynamic software product lines as a means to handle uncertainty associated with cyber threats. According to the perceived threats, the variability model can be autonomously leveraged in order to adapt at run-time the configuration of the software system. The proposed approach facilitates the provision of assurances at run-time since some of the evaluation can be performed at development-time. 

The research will be done under the supervision of Rogério de Lemos (University of Kent) and Clément Quinton Quinton (University of Lille). Their track provides evidence of the complementing expertise that is necessary to undertake the cutting edge research on self-protecting software systems, which will be supported by the expertise provided by their respective research groups: Cyber Security and Spirals (Self-adaptation for distributed services and large software systems).

How to Apply

Deadline: 5 May 2020

Applications should be made through the: University of Kent online admissions form with the PhD Project text, given above, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section.


Expression of interest or queries should contact Dr Rogério de Lemos

For queries regarding the application procedure, email the PG-Research admissions officer: Laura Bocchi

The School of Computing, University of Kent

The School of Computing is home to world-leading researchers in key areas such as cyber security, programming languages, computational intelligence, data science and computer education. Based on our results in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) ‘computer science and informatics’ at Kent was ranked 12th in the UK for research intensity in the Times Higher Education. The THE also ranked the School 22 out of 89 for research power, with 100% of the School’s research impace rated world leading or internationally excellent.

The University of Kent is a leading university with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. As the UK's European university, it is committed to creating a global student and staff community that advances knowledge and stimulates intellectual creativity, and performs at the highest levels.


School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 14/04/2020

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