Skip to content

EPSRC iCase PhD in Computer Science and Informatics: Intelligent Malware Profiling for Automated Campaign Detection

This funding opportunity has expired.

Key facts

Application deadline 31 July 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration 4 years
Funding body EPSRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice. Find out more information about the DTP and industrial CASE projects.

This EPSRC Industrial CASE 4 year PhD Scholarship is in collaboration with Airbus, and will include a period of on-site working at Airbus.

This project will investigate the possibility of developing algorithms to profile the characteristics of malware and link these to targeted distribution campaigns. The novel element of the research will be research into large-scale, near real-time automatic malware fingerprinting.

You will look at linking analyses to threat vectors including, but not limited to, certain types of malware, organised criminal gangs, infection mechanisms and device/software type. The PhD will require a blend of creative thought around infection pathways, artificial intelligence methods for representation of behavioural profiles, and scalable analysis using the distributed Cloud services.

The outcomes of the project will lead to novel computer science articles and potentially a novel service for the Airbus Security Operations Centre (SOC). The research will develop skills in malware reverse engineering, artificial intelligence methods for representing malware behaviour, and Cloud deployment of machine learning models on massive datasets.

You will be given full access to Airbus facilities in Newport and be integrated into the Cyber Operations team as a member of the research unit, providing first-hand industry R&T experience.



Computer Science postgraduate research

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Funding is provided to cover items such as research consumables, training and travel to conferences. Research students earn additional income by supporting the School’s teaching.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

You should hold or be about to achieve a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree or Master's degree in computing or a related subject.

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS score of 6.5 minimum overall with 6 in each skills area.


Computer Science postgraduate research

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the PhD in Computer Science and Informatics with an October 2019 start date.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for EPSRC CASE scholarship " and specify that you are applying for the advertised project Intelligent Malware Profiling for Automated Campaign Detection.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Computer Science postgraduate research

Funding opportunity provided by:

Eligible research programmes

Eligible research areas