Openings

PhD

I am interested in supervising students with a strong mathematical, computational or neuroscience background. Projects could be carried out in several possible areas relating to the work in the group. You might be interested in doing some general reading on computational neuroscience. Some suggestions for topics that would be interesting to me are below, but I'm very happy to consider other possibilities. In addition to working within the group, studying at Imperial College provides excellent opportunities for interacting with other theoretical and experimental researchers, both at Imperial and in the many neuroscience groups in London.

Applicants for a PhD position should initially send me a brief CV and cover letter with a description of research interests or a proposed project, and will eventually have to formally apply through the standard Imperial College mechanism (for more information, see here).

Entry requirements. A masters degree is required for PhD study at Imperial: please see the PhD requirements page (and the Country-specific requirements). Note that funding is competitive and usually requires grades substantially higher than the minimum requirements (see below).

Funding. Most students are funded by Imperial. Funding is assessed competitively at a panel that meets every few months. Normally an undergraduate or masters qualification at an equivalent level to a UK 1st or Distinction is required, but a lower grade may be possible if you already have publications or other experience. You can get a rough idea of UK equivalency here (although this is not guaranteed to be accurate). This document has been withdrawn but gives slightly more detail of these equivalencies for many countries. There are other options for funding including the China Scholarship Council. For more information about funding options, see here.

Supervision style. It's important to select a PhD supervisor who you can work well with. My approach to PhD supervision is as follows. Students' projects are their own. I'm happy to make suggestions of things I find interesting and provide guidance, but I won't tell you exactly what to do. I would expect to see you on average around one hour per week, and this can either be at a regular time or arranged ad hoc. We have a weekly two hour lab meeting, lunch plus one hour doing either a journal club, tutorials, or presenting early stage research results for feedback. I would encourage you to get in touch with one of my current PhD students (see the list here) to have an informal chat about life in the group and at Imperial.

Postdoctoral

I do not currently have any open postdoctoral positions, but please get in touch if you are interested in applying for your own funding through a fellowship scheme, for example.

Themes and suggested topics

Machine learning and neuroscience

Neural processing

Auditory and other sensory systems

Simulation and data analysis