Call for Applications: Gatsby Unit PhD Programme 2024 entry

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I-Chun Lin

Sep 25, 2023, 5:38:38 AMSep 25
to Machine Learning and Data Science Africa Network
4-Year PhD Programme in Machine Learning and Theoretical Neuroscience
Deadline: Monday, 13 November 2023

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit is a leading research centre focused on machine learning and theoretical neuroscience. We study (un)supervised and reinforcement learning in brains and machines; inference, coding and neural dynamics; Bayesian and kernel methods, and deep learning; with applications to the analysis of perceptual processing and cognition, neural data, signal and image processing, machine vision, network data and nonparametric hypothesis testing.

The unit provides a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with one another, with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC), with the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML), and with research groups in related UCL departments such as Computer Science; Statistical Science; Artificial Intelligence; the ELLIS Unit at UCL; Neuroscience; and the nearby Alan Turing and Francis Crick Institutes.

Our PhD programme provides a rigorous preparation for a research career. Students complete a 4-year PhD in either machine learning or theoretical neuroscience, with minor emphasis in the complementary field. Courses in the first year provide a comprehensive introduction to both fields and systems neuroscience. Students are encouraged to work and interact closely with SWC/CSML researchers to take advantage of this uniquely multidisciplinary research environment.

Applicants should have a strong analytical and quantitative background, a keen interest in neuroscience, machine learning or both, and a relevant first degree, for example in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Neuroscience or Cognitive Psychology.

Full funding is available regardless of nationality and current residence. The unit also welcomes applicants who have secured or are seeking funding from other sources.

Applications should be submitted directly to the Gatsby Unit via our online portal. For more information on the programme and how to apply, see

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I-Chun Lin, PhD
Scientific Programme Manager
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL
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