Recruiting: PhD

Work with me on NLP at the University of Sydney, starting in late 2022 or early 2023!

How to apply

At Australian universities, you apply directly to individual faculty (rather than the central process used in US universities).

I am not currently accepting applications (the last deadline was December 17th, 2021).

If you have any questions, email

Offer Process

In early 2022 (January / February / March):

  1. I will contact you for a phone interview.
  2. I will tell you I want you to join my group.
  3. You complete the university application form with my help.
  4. You receive a formal offer about 3 weeks later.
  5. You accept and start in either late 2022 or early 2023!

My Group

I am looking for multiple students to work on Natural Language Processing. Projects will also cross over into Crowdsourcing / Human Computation, Data Science, and Machine Learning.

I am towards the hands-on end as an advisor and aim to build a collaborative, socially connected group. My group will have weekly group meetings and visits by researchers from around the world (virtual for now).


All Applicants: You do not need a master’s degree or published papers. That kind of experience is certainly a plus, but so are other activities, such as internships, personal projects, and extra background in non-CS subjects.

Non-Australians: You must be on-track to complete a Bachelor’s degree in 2022 that includes significant experience in Computer Science. If you are not completing a senior thesis as part of your degree then you may need to start in a Masters of Philosophy degree and transfer to the PhD program after your first year.

Australians: You need to be on track to complete an Honours year with first class honours, or a Master’s degree with an independent research component.

Degree Structure

Details here. Key points:

  • 3-4 years
  • Two classes total (ie, half a semester of time)
  • No teaching, but you will have opportunities to teach if desired
  • I encourage interested students to do internships in industry research labs


Every student in my group is funded to do just research for the length of their PhD.

How does Sydney compare to US universities?

I recognise that some applicants may not be familiar with Australian universities. Comparing universities is hard, but here are a few points of comparison: