Studentship: Untaxed bursary of £16,553 per annum (2017/18 figure including London weighting) plus home/EU fees)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among U.K. Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher Education), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

Applications are invited for a PhD student broadly interested in the topics of security, privacy, and compilers. Dr. Livshits’ research involves a broad range of topics in application security, privacy, program analysis, general software reliability, and bug finding. Some of the prior work in recent years was in areas as diverse as malware detection and building augmented reality systems. A wide range of specific projects is available, although prospective students are expected to come up with some of the topics they are excited about.

To apply for this position, you will need to have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: security, privacy, compilers, program analysis, programming languages, or operating systems. You will also need some experience in building and working with large software systems and tools. This experience can come from either your academic projects or through working in the industry; candidates with a strong industrial background are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a Distinction/First class grade Master’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, and good communication and technical writing skills.

The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to both EU and overseas students.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please follow the instructions at

In the application form, please write ‘Security, Privacy, and Compilers’ in the ‘Proposed Research Topic’ field, and ‘Ben Livshits’ in the ‘Proposed Research Supervisor field. Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Dr. Ben Livshits; please see his home page (link below) for contact information and more details. For further information on some of the recent research, please see

This position will be based at the South Kensington campus in central London.