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Ph.D student
atlanTTic Research Center, Universidade de Vigo; Vigo, Spain

PhD position available at the AtlanTTic Research Center (, Universidade de Vigo, Spain. Start in early 2023, covering full PhD duration (3-4 years), and including travel budget for conferences and summer schools.

The workplace is in the city of Vigo, being ranked by OCU as the Spanish city with the highest life quality (

The position will be part-time in two projects related to privacy and intellectual property protection for federated machine learning: 1) TRUMPET, an European project on privacy enhancing methods and privacy metrics for federated learning (FL); 2) FELDSPAR, a Spanish project to use DNN watermarking for protecting the intellectual property of FL models.

PhD candidates will carry out research on: 1) identifying threat models and measuring privacy leaks in FL; 2) develop novel DNN watermarking algorithms in FL robust to collusion attacks.

Intended tasks:

  • Research on methods and metrics to measure the privacy leakage in FL models without and with crypto/differential privacy protection.
  • Develop tools for automatic measurement/learning of privacy leaks.
  • Research and implementation of methods for watermarking-based fingerprinting of federated models robust to collusion attacks.
  • Simulation of realistic conditions to test performance.
  • Publications in journals and/or conference proceedings.

    Your profile:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Electrical/Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or similar. Strong background in machine learning (theory and implementations) required. Knowledge of privacy enhancing technologies and of information theory will be positively evaluated.
  • Good communication/writing skills in English.
  • Good programming skills and experience working with machine learning libraries.
  • Contact: For more details, send an email to Prof. Fernando Pérez-González (
    Last updated: 2022-11-02 posted on 2022-10-29