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Green and Secure Transactional IoT

Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Electrical and Computer Engineering programme. The position is available from 1 June 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Green and Secure Transactional IoT

Research area and project description:
The Internet of Things fuels an evolution in information technology in which smart homes, smart cities, healthcare, industrial production, and smart grids can be realized with IoT technology. Some estimates approximate that 50 billion devices will be registered as IoT devices by 2030 and these will generate trillions of transactions every day to support business processes. 

The capability of IoT devices to perform transactions prompts their integration with distributed ledger technology such as blockchain as the next step. The blockchain exploits consensus mechanisms to alleviate the problem of mistrust of centralized authorities. The proposed research addresses the design of a blockchain for transactional IoT that provides a communication and control mechanism to dynamically and securely coordinate the interactions between IoT devices and application services. It supports the privacy-preserving settlement of transactions among interacting entities acting as buyers and sellers of information.

In essence, the PhD project is concerned with the challenges of providing secure IoT transactions with blockchain technology considering the constrained nature of IoT devices. It involves technologies such as distributed databases, applied cryptography, networks, protocols, and algorithms. The research in secure transactional IoT will be evaluated through a set of novel use cases within smart grids such as local energy trading and demand response.

The tasks undertaken by the PhD fellow include the following:

  • Construction of models and theories for transactional IoT networks.
  • Design of a lightweight distributed ledger technology (i.e., blockchain) to support green and secure IoT transactions.
  • Implementation of the proposed models.
  • Evaluation through experiments and analysis.
  • Assessment of the climate impact of the solution arising from reduced CO2 emission.
  • Contributions to a common project demonstrator in collaboration with external project partners.
  • Communication of research results to the scientific community.

The qualified applicant will have the opportunity to participate in academic work in the department including participation in teaching activities and curriculum development in relation to the research topic. The project includes industrial collaboration and collaboration with other academic institutions in Denmark.

  • Project description. For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants must have a relevant Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Science, or similar. The applicant should have a background in computer networks, algorithms, and protocols. Strong analytical and programming skills are desired. Experience in Linux software development and network simulations is a plus. Excellent English verbal and written skills is required.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Katrinebjerg Campus, Helsingforsgade 10, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Professor Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen at rhj@ece.au.dk

How to apply:
Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 2 April 2023 23:59 Preferred starting date is 1 June 2023.

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background

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