Positions Available

If you are interested in working with Jeff Clune and the Evolving AI Lab, the best way is by doing a PhD on a project that is in collaboration with Dr. Nick Cheney at the University of Vermont. That would likely entail a PhD at UVM with him.

Please email him at ncheney@uvm.edu.

Application Instructions for PhD Students

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email the following information to ncheney@uvm.edu:

  • Your CV (including a list of publications)
  • Grade Point Averages (including a conversion to the US 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores (the percentile scores, not the raw scores)
  • A list of references (their names, titles, institutions, and how you know them)
  • A list of courses relevant to conducting research (e.g. courses in statistics, math, computer science, biology, etc.).
  • A link to a video of yourself where you describe (a) your motivations for obtaining a Ph.D., (b) which of the above research areas particularly interest you, and (c) why you think our lab is the right fit for you. It is alright if you do not know what subject you want to study at this point, but it would help to get a better sense of your interests. The reason for it being a video is to assess your communication skills.
  • Any other material you feel communicates your research background (e.g. videos of your projects).

Thanks for your interest in the lab. It is a fun, exciting place where you will have a lot of freedom to pursue cutting-edge research in the areas of artificial intelligence that you find fascinating.

About the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a college town in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. Nestled between two mountain ranges, Laramie has more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is home to year-round outdoor activities including hiking, camping, rock climbing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, fishing and mountain biking. Laramie is also near many of Colorado's major cities and university communities (Fort Collins: 1 hour; Boulder: 1.5 hours; Denver: 2 hours).

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