The University of Bristol is a world-leading research institution (top 5 in the UK).
Diversity leads to new creative solutions. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as women, racial and ethnic or any other minorities. Bristol is known for its exciting mix of cultures and backgrounds, making it an unique open-minded city to live in.
We are always interested in hearing from potential postdocs - please contact individual PIs early and we can work on figuring out funding. There are many options available, such as the Bristol Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships, which offer an excelent opportunity for early-career researchers to move towards setting up their own independent group.
Also, the University of Bristol has been particularly successful in getting Marie Curie Fellowships.
Neural Dynamics Wellcome Trust doctoral program
The Neural Dynamics PhD is a unique program that provides world-class training at the intersection between computational and experimental neuroscience (note: not taking new students for the foreseable future).
Centres for Doctoral Training
Bristol has a wide range of CDTs that align with our research (e.g. Digital Health, Interactive AI, Computational Statistics and Data Science and Robotics and Autonomous Systems). You can find a detailed list here. Contact individual PIs if you are interested in these programs.
UK PhDs take 3-4 years and usually start in September (although this is flexible). If you would like to do a PhD in our unit, we have a range of projects available. Many projects involve collaborations with experimentalists either here in Bristol, or Europe or US. Please contact us to discuss funding options, which vary a lot depending on your country of origin. Usually you would need a good Bachelors or Masters degree in computer science, biology, physics, engineering or maths before taking on a computational neuroscience PhD - but other backgrounds are possible. However, the most important thing is not your background, but that you enjoy research work, are curious, and want to understand how the brain works. It is also a good idea to join the mailing lists in the field as PhD positions are often advertised there.
If you are a student on the University of Bristol Conversion, MSc in Computer Science or in Engineering Math (or related degree), please contact us to discuss possible projects. Projects can vary in their 1) level of computational/mathematical difficulty, 2) level of biological detail, and 3) whether they are more focused on computational modelling (simulating the brain) versus statistical data analysis/machine learning. We can work out the details of the project to match your skills and interests.
If you are a student on the University of Bristol BSc or MEng degree in Computer Science, Engineering Math or a related degree, please contact us early in the academic year to discuss possible computational neuroscience projects. Projects can vary in their 1) level of computational/mathematical difficulty, 2) level of biological detail, and 3) whether they are more focused on computational modelling (simulating the brain) versus statistical data analysis/machine learning. It also would be good, but not essential, if you take or have taken one of our teaching units (Computational Neuroscience and Information Processing and the Brain) jointly taught by us.