PhD Opportunity in Machine Learning and Data Science

University of Surrey

Duration of Studentship: 3 years

The student will be based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey, UK.

Studentship description

The project will be in the area of Machine Learning and Data Science. Available research topics include: Logic-based and Relational Learning (aka Inductive Logic Programming); Anomaly Discovery; Machine Learning for Cyber-Security; Human-Like Computing; Explainable AI; Automated Scientific Discovery; Computational Systems Biology and Bioinformatics; IoT for Bio-monitoring; Machine Learning of Biological Networks; Nature-Inspired Computation (e.g Genetic and Evolutionary Computation).

The precise scope of the project will be discussed between the candidate and the supervisor.

Entry Requirements


  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science (UK equivalent of 2:1 classification or above)
  • Keen Interest in research topics of the respective projects
  • Programming experience (any language, however, experience with Prolog would be an advantage)
  • Analytical and formal skills: knowledge of foundations of computer science (e.g., discrete mathematics and/or calculus) and of relevant mathematical background.
  • ability to think independently and self-learning capabilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English (see and scientific language for publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English


  • Master’s degree (UK equivalent of Merit classification or above)
  • Proficiency in C++, Python and, Java, Haskell,
  • Flexible, able to work collaboratively 
  • A strong team player with good interpersonal skills able to build and sustain effective working relationships with the research group
  • Self-motivated researcher, with a hands-on approach, willing to develop their technical and analytical skills and contribute to the overall aims of the research project in innovative ways
  • Proven organisational skills for self and others 


Stipend: A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to residence status.

FeesUK /EU University fees are also covered by the studentship.

Additional funding sources are available for exceptionally good overseas candidates. Please state on your application if you wish to be considered for overseas top up funding.

How to apply

Information on how to apply can be found on our programme page

The process requires the submission of:

  • - Your CV (preferably no longer than 2 pages)
  • - Copies of degree certificates and transcripts from all university-level courses taken/
  • - References: Please provide names of 2 referees, ideally uploading 2 references at the time of application also.

In addition to the above, as part of your application please also upload a cover letter explaining your interests, computer-science and research experience (including examples of previous project work).

Application/project enquiries: Dr Alireza Tamaddoni Nezhad (

Formal applications can be made through our programme page

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018. Applications will be considered as they arrive and may close earlier if the right candidate is identified.

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