[PET] Fully-funded PhD Position at UCL

Emiliano DeCristofaro me at emilianodc.com
Mon Dec 5 17:18:53 GMT 2016

Fully-funded PhD Position Available
at University College London (UCL)
on Genomic Privacy

Application Deadline: 31 January 2017
Starting Date: 1 April 2017 or sooner
Apply at: https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=196 <https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk/#!/?project=196>

We are happy to announce the availability of a fully-funded PhD position, sponsored by a Google Research Award, on genomic privacy. Please find more details below.

#Project Description 
The main goal of this studentship is to study and address the challenges prompted by the conflict between the need to facilitate genomics research and that to protect privacy of individuals. On the one hand, resources and tools supporting genetic data sharing are making it easier for researchers worldwide to make the dream of precision medicine increasingly a reality. On the other hand, however, access to genomic data raises important privacy and ethical issues as the human genome is a treasure trove of sensitive information. 
We anticipate that research conducted as part of the studentship will include the design and implementation of privacy-enhancing tools geared for secure sharing and querying genomic data, so that organizations and research teams can securely find patients, samples, and sequences that are useful for research purposes, while only disclosing the required minimum amount of information.

The student will be supervised by Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro in the Information Security Group at University College London (UCL), in collaboration with Dr Christophe Dessimoz (UCL and University of Lausanne). The successful applicant will have their fees paid in full at the home/EU rate at UCL and receive a tax-free stipend at standard rates. The project is to start in January 2017. Applications will be collected until 30 October 2016 and Skype interviews for short-listed candidates will be conducted shortly after.

Due to the funding provider of this project we are unable to offer this studentship to applicants who are categorized as overseas fee status. Candidates are expected to have at least a strong 2:1 (or equivalent mark) degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or a related MSc course, as well as strong recommendation letters from relevant referees. A very good engineering or maths background and a willingness to become fluent with security, privacy, modern cryptographic constructions are necessary. Also, tangible experience in software engineering, networking, and statistics is strongly encouraged. Familiarity with life science and/or genetics concepts is desirable but not mandatory since the student will be trained and work in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.
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