Research Associate/Senior Research Associates in Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning (2 roles)

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Closing Date
16 Aug 2022
£34,304 - £38,587 Grade I, £38,587 - £43,434 Grade J
University of Bristol Bristol BS8
6months at first instance

The role

Two postdoctoral positions are available to work at the intersection of computational neuroscience and machine learning, funded by a grant from the Medical Research Council. You will develop a new generation of AI-driven computational models capable of learning challenging tasks while being consistent with a range of experimental findings.

Diversity leads to new creative solutions. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as women, racial and ethnic or any other minorities (we are also a member of ALBA, a network for diversity in neuroscience). Bristol is known for its exciting mix of cultures and backgrounds, making it a unique open-minded city to live in.

What will you be doing?

The job-holder will be based in the Neural and Machine Learning group ( led by Rui Ponte Costa at the University of Bristol Computer Science Department. There is the opportunity to collaborate with leading experimental neuroscience groups, such as the Mellor Lab (Bristol), Kepecs Lab (Washington), Poort Lab (Cambridge) and Khan Lab (Kings College), but also leading machine learners, such as ?Caglar Gulcehre (Google Deepmind) and Yoshua Bengio (MILA). You will be part of the lively Bristol Computational Neuroscience Unit, Intelligent Systems Labs.

This post is offered on a full time, fixed term contract for 6 months in a first instance, beginning around September 2022.

You should apply if

You should ideally have a PhD in Computational Neuroscience or Machine Learning, but we also welcome applications from interested candidates with PhDs in related disciplines such as Neurobiology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or related.

Additional information

To find out more about what it's like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and racially minoritised communities, to join us.

Find more information and where to apply here.

Contact Details

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Rui Ponte Costa: