Meta is seeking a PhD Student to join its Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team in London. We are committed to advancing the field of artificial intelligence by making fundamental advances in scientific methods and technologies to help interact with and understand our world. In London we are specifically working on natural language processing, 3D computer vision and reinforcement learning.

For this position we are looking for an individual passionate in furthering our understanding of large foundation models and making them safer and more accurate. PhD positions are 4-year fixed-term for PhD students in London who will work in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence, jointly supervised by academics at this lab and research scientists at FAIR.

In the spirit of FAIR’s general mission, we expect the work to come out of the PhD, both at Meta and the academic partner, to be open science and open source. 


  • Perform research to advance the science and technology of intelligent systems.
  • Perform research to understand the mechanisms learned by foundation models.
  • Influence progress of relevant research communities by producing publications.
  • Collaborate and increase productivity on existing research projects.

About you

Minimum qualifications

  • Knowledge in Machine Learning.
  • Knowledge in a programming language.
  • Must obtain work authorisation in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorisation during employment.
  • Applicants will need to separately apply and be accepted to UCL, and mention their FAIR application in the UCL application form.

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a technical field such as Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience building systems based on machine learning and/or deep learning methods.
  • Research and software engineer experience demonstrated via an internship, work experience, coding competitions, or open-source contributions.
  • Knowledge in Python, Lua, C++, C, C# and/or Java
  • Publications or experience in fields related to machine learning, AI, computer vision, natural language processing, computational neuroscience, optimisation, computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, or data science.

About Meta

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world.

Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.

Meta is committed to providing reasonable support (called accommodations) in our recruiting processes for candidates with disabilities, long term conditions, mental health conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs, or who are neurodivergent or require pregnancy-related support. If you need support, please reach out