[PET] PhD Position in Genomic Privacy at UCL

Emiliano De Cristofaro me at emilianodc.com
Mon Oct 10 22:25:54 BST 2016

Fully-funded PhD Position Available
*Enabling Progress in Genomic Research via Privacy-Preserving Data Sharing*
University College London (UCL)

Application Deadline: 30 October 2016
Starting Date: 1 January 2017
Apply at: 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.

Thank you,

#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

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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