[Comp-neuro] Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, PhD Programme

Peter Dayan dayan at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk
Fri Nov 6 15:52:35 CET 2015

Training in theoretical and computational neuroscience and machine

The Gatsby Unit is a centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine
learning, focusing on unsupervised, semi-supervised and reinforcement
learning, neural dynamics, population coding, Bayesian (Including
nonparametric) statistics, kernel methods and applications of these to
the analysis of perceptual processing, neural data and beyond. It
provides a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to
interact closely with each other, and with other world-class research
groups in related departments at UCL, including the Sainsbury Wellcome
Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, with which we share a brand
new building, and Computer Science, Functional Imaging, Physics,
Physiology, Psychology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Statistical Science,
and with the cross-faculty Centre for Computational Statistics and
Machine Learning.

The Unit has openings for exceptional PhD candidates. Applicants should
have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience
and/or machine learning and a relevant first degree, for example in
Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics,
Psychology or Statistics.

The PhD programme lasts four years, including a first year of intensive
instruction in techniques and research in theoretical neuroscience and
machine learning.

All students are fully funded, regardless of nationality. The Unit also
welcomes applications from students with pre-secured funding or who are
currently soliciting other scholarship/studentships. Gatsby PhD
studentships cover the cost of tuition at the appropriate rate, and
include a tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum.

Applications (including a CV, statement of research interests, and
letters from three referees) for 2016/17 admission must be sent directly
to the Gatsby Unit admissions at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk by midnight Greenwich
Meantime (GMT) December 21st, 2015.

If you would require a visa to attend an interview, if selected, then
please contact us directly as soon as your application is complete and
your referees have submitted their recommendations.

Full details of our programme, and how to apply, are available at:

For further details of research interests please see
and the individual faculty webpages at

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