Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, LONDON, WC1N 3AR, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1176, Fax +44 (0) 20 7679 1173,,


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PhD Programme
[4 years]

The Gatsby Unit is a world-class centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine learning, focusing on unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, neural dynamics, population coding, interpretation of neural data, perceptual processing, and computational motor control.   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 University College London, including Anatomy, Computer Science, Functional Imaging, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Statistics.

The Unit always has openings for exceptional PhD candidates.  Applicants should have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience 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.

A number of competitive fully-funded studentships are available each year and the Unit also welcomes students with pre-secured funding or with other scholarship/studentship applications in progress.

Applicants are encouraged to apply informally in the first instance by forwarding, in PDF or plain text format, a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of three referees to General enquiries should also be directed to this e-mail address.  For further details of research interests please see