Multiple fully funded Ph.D. positions are available
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Thanks to the rolling admission, prospective Ph.D. students can join us in August 2024 at the earliest. The hiring process runs until suitable candidates have been selected. The students are expected to work on a wide variety of topics that are mainly related to hardware security, including: (1) side-channel analysis and fault analysis, (2) application of artificial intelligence in hardware security, (3) security of deep learning hardware accelerators, (4) electronic design automation and verification, (5) cryptographic implementation in hardware as well as software, and (6) physical security of cryptographic hardware.


  • A degree in ECE or CS
  • Strong background in mathematics and computer engineering
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following is a plus:
    • Cryptography
    • Machine learning
    • Programming languages: Python (open to work with new libraries), VHDL/Verilog
    • FPGA prototyping, lab equipment (hands-on experience)

What does Vernam Lab 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 has been recently recognized by the 2020 HEED Award for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. In accordance with this mission and to broaden participation in STEM, we encourage all students, especially minority students, to apply. Interested students should contact us by sending an email with a CV to