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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS)

Are you fascinated by AI?
Do you want to influence the future direction of computing systems to benefit people across the globe?

A prestigious *MINDS PhD from the world-renowned School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton could be the route to the opportunities you are looking for.

*MINDS is Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems.

Fully Funded PhD Studentships

As a fully funded MINDS PhD student, you will receive an enhanced tax-free stipend £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend. We can provide fully funded studentships for approximately 12 applicants per year. For 2020/2021 Entry the stipend is estimated to be £18,560.

We are also happy to accept an application from you if you already have a funded scholarship from another source or can self-fund (proof of funds will be required).

Who are you?

If you are creative, innovative, with good attention to detail, able to work with diverse people and communities to understand their particular needs, and are enthusiastic about working at the Artificial Intelligence and Electronics interface to develop systems with beneficial human impact, then we would like to hear from you.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS)

Your research project

We will offer you one-to-one supervision to develop your personal research project. This might involve robotics, embedded systems, manufacturing and security, or smart cities and (care)homes. Based on your interests you will be based with like-minded young researchers and be supervised by world leading experts in one of our established research themes:

  • Embedded Artificial Intelligence
  • Nano-electronic Technologies for AI
  • Agent-Based Adaptive Systems
  • Task-Optimised Devices and Systems

Bespoke research training

You will receive focused training on methods for responsible research and innovation and develop a broad awareness of the science and techniques across AI and Electronics. We will tailor a set of additional modules, based on your personal interests and academic background, that provide depth of knowledge from across our wide range of expertise.

Working with Diverse Communities

You will also be able to join an initiative to help to communicate the societal value of AI and Electronics research to local communities and to inspire school students from diverse backgrounds to study STEM subjects.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people from a range of backgrounds and communities. ECS has recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognising our commitment to fairness, inclusivity and gender equality.

Entry Criteria

You should have, or expect to shortly receive, a good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or closely related subject; e.g. mathematics or physics. EU and Overseas applicants should achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each competency.

How to apply

Online information webinar: Wednesday 4 November 2020 (more information here).

Application deadline: 27 November 2020. Interviews to take place w/c 7 December 2020.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.

Please follow the detailed guidance on our website.


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