PhD and Postdoc Recruiting
Important message for potential researchers wanting to join our lab.
Please read everything on this page before applying.
There may be a position for one or more outstanding applicants in 2018.
You may also qualify for an international scholarship through RMIT, or an
APA through the Australian government for PhD studies. Both are very
competitive, but possible to get if you have a strong research track
record. If a student qualifies for either an IPRS, or an APA, additional
funding for top-up scholarships and travel funding may be available.
Please contact me with the information requested below for further
Key Selection Criteria
Must have one of the four:
- A first class honours degree in
Computer Science (or closely related field such as Mathematics /
Electrical Engineering) from an Australian University;
- Rank in the top 10% in your class
and attend a decent national university;
- Rank in the top 1/3 of your class and
attend a Top 50 university by world standards (CMU, ANU, Tsinghua, etc);
- A publication in one of the following
venues: SIGIR, WSDM, SIGMOD, PVLDB, ICDE, CIKM, WWW, SIGKDD, OSDI, ACL, NAACL,
COLING, SOSP, EUROSYS, ALENEX, DCC, ESA, SPIRE, ECIR, ADCS, TOIS, TKDE, IPM, IRJ.
In addition, having one or more of the following will greatly increase
your chance of success:
- A personal recommendation from someone
I know, or a well respected research leader in a closely related field;
- Prizes or awards from significant
Mathematics/CS competitions such as the Math Olympiad or the ACM Programming
- Outstanding programming ability as
evidenced by a history of open source contributions through GitHub or
How To Apply
If you are interested in being my student or working in the lab
please send me an email containing the following items:
- A CV including your GPA, department ranking,
peer reviewed publications, and English test results if applicable.
- A complete copy of your undergraduate /
- A brief email outlining how your current
research interests align closely with my group's interests. Hint: If
your area of research does not match any of my publications
(which you are strongly encouraged to look at before emailing me), our
interests probably do not overlap, and therefore I'm not the right
person to be supervising your thesis.
Keep the email short and try to address the key selection criteria.
International scholarships are extremely competitive in Australia and we
routinely get many inquiries each week. Therefore, I only have time to
respond to requests that quickly convince me that you are qualified
and serious about a research position.
Unfortunately, I no longer supervise self-funded or part-time PhD
students. If you are in this position, I'd suggest you enroll as an
Honour's or MS Minor Thesis student first in order to explore research
options within the group.