4-Year PhD Programme in Machine Learning and Theoretical Neuroscience
Deadline: Monday, 13 November 2023
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.
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.
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
Applications should be submitted directly to the Gatsby
Unit via our online portal. For more information on the programme and
how to apply, see www.ucl.ac.uk/gatsby/study-and-work/phd-programme
* Information on our research: www.ucl.ac.uk/gatsby/research-0
* Read more about our faculty members: www.ucl.ac.uk/gatsby/people
I-Chun Lin, PhD
Scientific Programme Manager
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL