Positions

The Vernam Lab at WPI in Worcester, MA has open MSc/PhD positions in side-channel analysis, secure system design and cyberphysical systems (CPS) security. For details please see below.


PhD Openings in Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Implementations

Thomas Eisenbarth

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Contact: teisenbarth@ece.wpi.edu


I am looking for highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill two
PhD positions for research in applied cryptography and side channel
analysis. Specific topics include:

  1. Side channel analysis and countermeasures.
  2. Cache-based Cross-VM attacks; analysis and countermeasures.
  3. Secure and efficient cryptographic implementations.

Candidates should have a degree in electronics, computer science or applied mathematics with strong interest in algorithms and signal processing. Prior experience in side channel analysis and embedded software or hardware design is an asset.

We offer a competitive salary and an international cutting-edge research program in an attractive working environment. WPI is a highly-ranked research university in the Boston area, and offers the opportunity to collaborate with world-class faculty and students in a collegial environment. We maintain close connections with surrounding universities and private companies.

For more information, please contact Prof. Thomas Eisenbarth and check the Graduate Admissions website.


PhD Openings in Network Security and Secure Control

Andrew Clark

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Contact: aclark@wpi.edu


I am looking for motivated PhD students to join my research program in control and security of cyber-physical systems. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are characterized by a tight coupling between sensing/computation (cyber) and actuating (physical) components, which are typically connected by communication networks and often involve humans in the loop. Developing techniques for ensuring performance, controllability, and security of these systems will facilitate the deployment of CPS in energy, transportation, health care, and manufacturing sectors.

Interested students should have mathematical maturity and background in one or more of the following areas: network security and cryptography; control theory; optimization; network design; machine learning. Prior programming experience is also a plus.

WPI is a highly-ranked research university in the Boston area, and offers the opportunity to collaborate with world-class faculty and students in a collegial environment. We maintain close connections with surrounding universities and private companies.

Interested students should contact Prof. Andrew Clark and check the department website at ece.wpi.edu