[Comp-neuro] PhD with Bristol Neural Computation Hub

Cian O'Donnell cian.odonnell at bristol.ac.uk
Thu Nov 19 13:07:46 CET 2020

The Bristol Neural Computation Hub, University of Bristol, UK is looking to recruit to a number of EPSRC-funded PhD studentships for a Sept/Oct 2021 start: the research areas considered include Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning. We have a vibrant Computational Neuroscience group with strong collaborative links with local and international groups working in experimental neuroscience, in machine learning and cognitive science. We have interesting projects to offer in our respective research areas:

Laurence Aitchison (http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~laurence/): gaussian processes and deep learning.
Jeff Bowers (https://jeffbowers.blogs.bristol.ac.uk): deep learning as models of cognition.
Conor Houghton (https://conorhoughton.github.io): information theory, decision making and affective state and linguistics.
Nathan Lepora (http://lepora.com): robotics, neuroscience, biomimetics.
Cian O’Donnell (https://odonnellgroup.github.io): synaptic plasticity, autism, statistical methods for neural data.
Rui Ponte Costa (https://neuralml.github.io): credit assignment in cortical circuits.
More details on the group here:

Bristol is one of the top places to live and work in the UK and so we urge you to apply or to recommend this opportunity to suitable students. Anyone interested should contact one of us to discuss potential project and their application as early as possible; there are notes on the application process below; the final application would need to be submitted by 15th Jan 2021.

All the best,
Conor, Nathan, Cian, Rui, Laurence, and Jeff

Information on the studentships: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate/funding/sceem-studentships
International students (including EU who haven’t lived in the UK) are very much eligible to apply but the process will be more competitive as only maximum 30% of the studentships are open for them. The remainder of these studentships are subject to a UK residency requirement: (https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/).

Students should contact one of us before applying as you would need our nomination and also time to develop their project proposal with us. The selection itself goes through a two step process, students are first accepted as PhD students by the University and are then considered for funding within the School.

Applicants should apply via http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/
and select "Computer Science PhD", ensuring they submit a short research proposal outlining the research question or area they intend to focus on and a CV by the deadline.

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