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**Call for applications**
Expected funding duration: 24 Months
Starting date: Immediate
This project aims to investigate innovative approaches to protecting the integrity and confidentiality of a piece of software against an attacker (the man-at-the-end, MATE) who has physical access to the software and so is able to inspect, modify, and execute it. One important goal of the project is to derive a fundamental basis of MATE defense principles and metrics.
**Key tasks to be performed**
Develop MATE attack models that formally characterize the process of device compromise. Design novel MATE defense algorithms. Provide attack tools to allow easy testing of these defenses. Devise community standards for defense evaluation. Investigate different approaches to constructing and validating metrics for obfuscation, tamper-proofing, and software watermarking.
The applicant must have a PhD in Computer Science or other strongly related field. A successful candidate should have a technical background in one or more of computer security, cryptography, and programming languages/compilers.
The work will be carried out at the University of Arizona, under the supervision of a team of researchers from the Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments.
The Information Security Institute (ISI) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, invites applications for PhD students starting in 2012 in the areas of cryptography, information security, and network security. ISI is a multi-disciplinary institute bringing together information security researchers from computer science, mathematics, engineering, business, and law, with a leading national profile and strong international links.
Students should have a background in computer science, mathematics, or engineering. QUT offers competitive scholarships for living expenses and tuition fee waivers to support domestic and international PhD students. Applications for admission are accepted year-round, but the deadline for the annual scholarship competition is Friday 14 October 2011.