ICSA continues to grow as a world-class pool of researchers in Informatics and Computing Science and there are a range of vacancies occurring regularly across the SICSA member Universities.

This page also features vacancies from industrial employers seeking to recruit graduates in Informatics and Computing Science.

Please note that all applications to external vacancies (outside SICSA) must be made directly to the advertising institution or organisation and not via SICSA.

PhD Positions  in Security and Privacy available at the University of Edinburgh

Some suggested PhD projects are given on the PhD topics page. If you are interested in one of these topics, please contact the named supervisor. Read the application section below first.

We also welcome suggestions of other topics from candidates. You should first identify a potential supervisor, then send some information about yourself and your desired area of research, and why you’ve chosen the particular person. To find a potential supervisor, try:

  • The list of people associated with the Security and Privacy research programme in Informatics.
  • Other researchers in the Informatics directory may supervise PhDs topics that connect their area to Security and Privacy.
  • Finally, if your area of interest overlaps Informatics with another discipline such as Engineering, Maths, Law, Politics, Business, then look at the researchers linked on the University Cyber Security Research Network.

Please don’t spam lots of people. A carefully written, relevant message is much more likely to get a positive response or be passed on.

Funding is usually awarded to students rather than projects. Outstanding candidates may be able to win scholarships; for autumn entry, early application is strongly encouraged as scholarship deadlines begin from December onwards. For full details see the PG Fees and Funding page. Some projects may have dedicated funding available, please ask the potential supervisor.

Funding is available for topics that connect to our EPSRC CDTs, you may wish to apply to one of them directly (note that the CDTs have different application procedures and have a 4-year programme including a Masters year):

There are also opportunities for funding from The Alan Turing Institute which will mean splitting time between Edinburgh and the Alan Turing Institute hub in London. Applications may be made to us or directly to the ATI. You should discuss this option with your potential supervisor.


PhD applications require an identified supervisor, CV, previous degree transcript(s), names of referees and a research proposal. The research proposal can be a statement of your own ideas, or an elaborated version of an idea from us.

Good research proposals demonstrate some basic understanding of an area, suggest some avenues to investigate and a methodology to follow, and include some scholarly references which you have studied. We don’t give more explicit instructions on writing the research proposal, since it is used as part of the assessment process; however, time permitting, your potential supervisor should be willing to review a draft before you submit and give you some feedback.

Please note that PhD scholarships are competitive and admission is highly selective even for students with their own funding. As a guide, at a minimum you should have obtained a 2:1 class undergraduate degree or an MSc with distinction from a UK University, or an equivalent level from outside the UK.

For details of how to apply online please:

You also need to select a research institute inside Informatics to apply to. This is usually the main research institute of your nominated supervisor; S&P research is spread across all institutes. If in doubt, select Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS), the institute can be reassigned by us after application.

Fully funded PhD Position available at Heriot Watt University

Data-Driven Authentication (fully funded)

The aim of this 4-year, fully funded project is to design and implement new methods for making effective authentication decisions from multiple data components, which will consist of two main stages: (i) Designing and implementing new, implicit forms of authentication that involve learning from a person’s behaviour, and (ii) Designing and implementing methods for combining and scoring multiple forms of authentication. The resultant methods would contribute to Payfont’s IOMI (I Own My Identity) technology framework. The student will be supervised by Dr. Mike Just (Heriot-Watt), Dr. Michael Lones (Heriot-Watt) and Dr. Lu Fan (Payfont).

The project is co-funded by The Data Lab and Payfont Limited through The Data Lab’s Collaborative PhD & EngD Projects programme. The student will spend part of their time at Heriot-Watt University, and part at Payfont, for the duration of their studies.

To apply for this position, please complete the application form by 15 May 2017. When completing the application form, be sure to specify “Dr. Mike Just” as the project supervisor, and specify “Data Lab funded” as the source of funding. Applicants are requested to send an email to Dr. Mike Just once they have submitted their application.

For further information regarding this position, visit the project page, or email Mike Just.