Location: Trinity College Dublin
Level: PhD

This position is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.

The ADAPT Centre has openings for two PhD Scholarships for a programme of research in Next-Generation Blockchain Networks. These positions are relevant for well-qualified students with postgraduate degrees in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics and related disciplines. The programme of research will focus on the area of distributed ledger technology (DLT). 

In order to evolve distributed ledger technology (DLT) into the next generation of financial networks, we will need to scale the number of transactions per second (TPS) handled by the technology by an order of magnitude from where they are today. In order to achieve this goal, we need to fundamentally re-evaluate DLT on a number of levels, such as the peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocol, the off-chain processing of transactions, the interoperability of disparate blockchain systems, the underlying distributed database technologies that blockchains employ and the distributed consensus algorithms used to secure transactions on these networks. In addition, we need to employ zero-knowledge proofs, machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques that can further allow us to build trust and protect the privacy of users on such networks.

We are looking to take on students to pursue a PhD in the area of DLT in order to conduct fundamental research into the next-generation of blockchain technologies for the FinTech industry.

The PhD position will be located at Trinity College Dublin and supervised by Dr Hitesh Tewari.

The successful candidates will be expected to start in September 2019.

Person Specifications Qualifications

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

Applicants wishing to apply must have a degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics, and should have achieved a minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent in their undergraduate degree programme. A background in network security and cryptography would be advantageous.

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent communication, teamwork and organisational skills.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Aptitude for technology
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Should have English language certification if English is not their first language, the requirement being: IELTS: 7.0+, TOEFL iBT: 100+, TOEFL pBT: 600+, CEF: C1+, or equivalent.

Application Procedure
Full Post Spec 

Please send expressions of interest to Monica Lechea (monica.lechea@adaptcentre.ie) and include:

  • A statement of research interests
  • A detailed CV
  • Transcripts of degrees
  • The name and email contacts of two academic referees

Please include the reference code: PhD_N-GBN on all correspondence.

There will be an interview process, and the successful candidate will be invited to apply via the TCD graduate studies admission system.