PhD Scholarship: Blockchain Applications in Supply Chains

Monday, January 14, 2019

Project Background: Blockchain is an example of a distributed ledger. This means that data is stored not in a single location, but rather on a system of ‘nodes’. A node, in this case, represents an actor in the system that is online in said system. There is an emerging interest in the use of blockchains in supply chains. This is because blockchain technology has the potential to allow one to more securely and transparently track all types of transactions in a supply chain. Early research has shown that the applications can be found in smart contracts, recording of assets, tracking of trade-related documents and are an important aspect is the link between the physical and digital item.

Objectives: The objective of this work is to carry out research into understanding the possible use of blockchain in supply chains, and the implementation of these scenario(s), (using representative data from companies within CONFIRM) in a test-bed to illustrate the advantages/disadvantages of such an approach.

Research Work: The steps of the research are: (i) research and understand blockchain; (ii) research the literature and understand the possible benefits of blockchain within supply chains (iii) Review a number of companies supply chain systems; (iv) develop knowledge of tools (e.g., Ethereum, Hyperledger, Multichain, etc) to implement blockchains within supply chains; (v) Propose an overall architecture for selected scenarios from supply chains and implement these scenarios(s); (vi) Document the advantages/disadvantages of each scenario.

Novelty of Work: The adoption of blockchain in the supply chain and logistics is slow at present because of associated risks and the lack of demonstrable examples. However, companies are very interested to understand the advantages or disadvantages of blockchains in supply chains.

Essential Attributes Honours undergraduate (level 8) degree, Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a field related to the project, such as computer science, engineering.

We require persons with good expertise in programming and good communication skills.

SFI PhD Stipend of €18,000 tax-free per annum, EU tuition fees covered up to €5,500 p.a., non-EU students may have to pay balance of full fees.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Please send your CV/Resume with the ID REF# PhD-15 shown above and a cover letter in support of these requirements to cathal.heavey@ul.ie

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