Ph.D. students openings

Professor Fan Zhang at the Department of Computer Science, Duke University is looking for multiple fully-funded PhD students to work on the following topics (starting in Fall 2021):

About Prof. Zhang:

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Duke University. His recent research interests include the security, privacy and scalability of decentralized systems, in particular those enabled by blockchains and trusted execution environments (TEEs). His works have been featured in Forbes, MIT Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, CoinDesk, BitcoinMagazine, and numerous other blockchain news outlets. Several of his works have seen industry uptake. He received Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University, advised by Prof. Ari Juels. He is a member of IC3 and a recipient of an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship for 2018-2020. He received B.Eng from Tsinghua University, China.


Candidates are expected to have a solid background in Computer Science. No prior experience in cryptography or security is required. However, candidates must be motivated and eager to learn new things.

About Duke:

Duke University is located in the Research Triangle area in North Carolina, USA. Duke U ranks #10 in USNEWS National Universities (2020), and Duke CS ranks #25 by USNEWS and #31 by CSRanking. With a series of successful hirings, Duke CS has almost doubled the number of faculty working in security in the last year.

To apply, please send your CV to Prof. Zhang at