PhD opportunity: Cyber-physical security system in renewable energy infrastructure

Director of studies: Dr Sung-Hwan Jang

2nd supervisor: Dr Maria Papadaki

3rd supervisor: Professor Deborah Greaves

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on October 1 2019.

Project description

Based on multidisciplinary research teams in the School of Engineering at the University of Plymouth, this is an exciting opportunity to carry out experimental and theoretical research on cyber-physical security system in renewable energy infrastructure by integrating the cyber-physical system with a network monitoring infrastructure.

You will carry out experimental research on manufacturing self-sensing materials and developing the cyber-physical system for sustainable renewable energy infrastructure. You will be responsible for planning and delivering experiments at well-equipped laboratory facilities in Plymouth. You will be expected to demonstrate research leadership across a portfolio of projects in the field of sustainable and innovative renewable energy infrastructure. You will collaborate closely with a wide range of internal and external colleagues in order to define, plan, deliver, and report on a variety of research project. You will report and communicate your research outputs in journal papers, conferences and at workshops and meetings with academic organisations and industrial project partners.

You will have a PhD in Civil and Coastal Engineering after 3 years project and show significant evidence of having developed and then delivered high-quality research projects in an academic and/or industrial context. You will have an excellent record of relevant publications in academic journals, with a focus on areas such as smart materials, cyber-physical system, and renewable energy. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • development of carbon nanotube reinforced composite materials,
  • characterisation of materials such as electro-mechanical testing,
  • machine learning,
  • cyber security.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,009 per annum.

Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).

How to apply

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Sung-Hwan Jang, However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

General information about applying for a research degree at University of Plymouth is available at:

Please apply via the online application form which can be found at: and click ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Aimee McNeillie, clearly stating that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Engineering. Please attach a covering letter detailing your suitability for the studentship, a CV, research statement, and 2 academic references.

For more information on the admissions process, please contact Aimee McNeillie.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 31 May 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview mid June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 30 June 2019 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.