PhD scholarship: Industrial control systems cyber security


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Number awarded 2
Opening date 11 September 2020
Closing date 28 September 2020


The project aims to investigate cyber automation for critical infrastructure which utilize industry control systems. There are 2 main project directions: (1) to build a distributed data collection infrastructure for IT and OT networks to achieve automated early warning detection and (2) to develop a swift and effective detection method which prevent malicious behaviour in the network for cyber-security of Industrial IoT devices and ICS. There are 2 PhD scholarships available.

The research project will be conducted in the UQ Industry 4.0 Energy TestLab. The available facilities include Rockwell and Schneider programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMI), rugged switches, and firewalls. The lab will also feature critical infrastructure scenarios from sectors including but not limited to food and beverage manufacturing, water utilities and city councils.

A working knowledge of C programming language, computer networking, and industrial control systems. would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor Ryan Ko (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements eg TOEFL, IELTS
  • Research proposal

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Future Student's website.

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of computer science, electrical and electronic engineering or information technology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of industrial control systems cyber security research is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Ryan Ko
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.