We, the Statistical Machine Learning Group, are a supportive, collaborative and inclusive team working on probabilistic modeling, data-efficient machine learning, reinforcement learning, climate science and robotics. We are part of UCL’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence, a vibrant, open and collaborative research and learning environment.
We very much welcome and support applications from underrepresented groups and from people of all shapes, shades, and genders. If you are uncertain about your possible role in our team, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Marc Deisenroth.
If you are interested in joining us, please consider the options below:
PhD within SML Group
We are currently looking for PhD students starting in 2023 working on probabilistic machine learning for weather and climate science. Challenges we are interested in solving include data assimiliation, statistical downscaling, and nowcasting.
If you want to get in touch regarding PhD options within the SML group, starting in September 2023, please fill out this expression of interest (we will not consider applications by email), which will ask you to submit
- Transcript of records
- Research proposal (approximately 4-8 pages)
- Description of what excites you
- A lay summary (which can be read by someone, who is not from the field) of your research proposal (up to 200 words)
- Literature overview (what do other people currently do in the area you are interested in?)
- How would you fill in existing gaps?
- A concrete 6-months project you wish to start your PhD with (including timeline)
By mid December, we will review all expressions of interest and get in touch with you to discuss next steps.
If you are unsure about anything or have questions, please do get in touch.
Note: This is not an official application to UCL’s PhD program.
You will have to apply through the general PhD admissions site, and you will also see UCL’s various degree programs.
Have a look at our CDT for Foundational AI as a great option for a PhD program (you can apply here. Here is a longer list of PhD programs within UCL’s Computer Science department. In general, we encourage you to apply to all possible PhD degrees, because you may get funding in one degree, but not in a second one (and they don’t communicate to each other in the background).
We will not consider applicants to UCL’s PhD program, who did not submit an expression of interest.
Funding and Scholarships
Note: Currently, we have no direct funding for PhD students. However, there are some scholarships available, e.g., through the university. There are some overseas scholarships available at UCL. Please do look around and see whether you find other suitable scholarships.
We welcome applications by post-doc and research fellows. Unfortunately, we do not have funding available at this time. However, if you want to propose a collaboration based on an externally-funded post-doctoral scholarship, please get in touch. Here are some potential funding opportunities:
- Royal Society Fellowships for researchers from North America and Asia
- Royal Society University Research Fellowship
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship
- Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship
Unfortunately, we cannot offer internships.