Why to pursue a Ph.D.?

Of course, it takes a lot of effort and you may think of other cons, but have you thought about the benefits? Our opinion is clear, it is worth it!

Success story

“Thanks to getting a Ph.D., I have gained new knowledge, new contacts, and new experience. There were so many meaningful aspects that it is impossible to list them all, but to mention a few:

I published and presented my research at internationally acclaimed venues where I met the leading experts in the field; I contributed to the design and development of open-source learning technologies for teaching cybersecurity; and I coached the Czech junior team at the European Cyber Security Competition in London.

What I learned and accomplished at the CYBERSEC lab enabled me to get a postdoc position at a prestigious university in the USA. If I traveled back in time and had to decide again, I would choose a Ph.D. position here.”

Valdemar Švábenský

What are the benefits of doing a Ph.D.?

Purpose & Impact

You will do meaningful, applied research work with practical impact. Discover something new that is important to you.

In addition, getting a Ph.D. is not only about research. You will get the opportunity to teach courses, mentor younger students, and organize outreach events.

Gain valuable skills

While working on your degree, you will learn new research and development skills, which will increase your professional value.

Examples of such skills include data analysis, design of systems and technical cybersecurity. In addition, you will enhance your soft skills, such as critical thinking, planning, teamwork, and finding creativity.

Join the community of experts

You will work with a team of people who are specialists in their field and are happy to share their knowledge with you.

Moreover, you will expand your professional network by participating in international projects, attending conferences, and completing internships abroad.

Salary and benefits

All Ph.D. positions at the Faculty of Informatics are funded by a standard scheme. In addition, Ph.D. candidates in our lab actively participate in grant projects.

This substantially enhances the quality of research results and provides you with additional income. As a result, you can fully focus on your Ph.D. research.

How does it work?

  • Last semester of your master's degree: Agreement on the research topic, submitting the application

  • 1st and 2nd semester of your Ph.D.: researching the state of the art, participating in your first publications (at least one as the leading author)

  • 3rd semester of your Ph.D.: writing your thesis proposal

  • 4th semester of your Ph.D.: defending your thesis proposal + completing the doctoral exam (RNDr. degree)

  • 7th and 8th semester of your Ph.D.: writing and submitting your thesis

Are you not sure?

An opportunity of Ph.D. trial during your master's degree

Pursuing a Ph.D. is a huge commitment, and we understand if you are unsure whether it's the right path for you.

That's why we offer the mode of cooperation we call the “Ph.D. trial”.

During your master's studies, you can write your thesis with us and/or work on a project-funded position. This way, you can try working with us in a similar way you would during a Ph.D., and see if you enjoy it.

What to do after a Ph.D.

Graduates continue with job positions in academia, industry, or government institutions.

Those interested in academic careers usually follow either with a postdoctoral position at an international university, or as research associates on grant projects.

Large companies in the IT industry offer various research-based positions where Ph.D. degree is usually required. Government institutions, such as NCISA, are also a suitable option.

Contact us to ask anything about Ph.D.

If you are unsure whether Ph.D. in our Lab is a good choice for you, contact us. We can schedule a short meeting to find out if our expectations match.






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