ERC fully-funded PhD Studentship in Experimental Psychology

University of Bristol

The project:

This PhD post is funded by an ERC project entitled “Generalisation in Mind and Machine” that explores how well neural networks support human-like generalisation across a range of tasks. Over the course of the grant there will be 4 post-doctoral fellows involved in modelling, 1 research assistant involved in empirical work, and two PhD students. This is the first of two PhD posts, and I am looking for a student with a background in psychology, computer science, or related discipline who is interested in carrying out modelling work. Prior experience working with neural networks is desirable, but not essential. 

In contrast with the large community of modelers in machine learning focused on improving the performance of deep networks for applied reasons, the goal of this project is to explore what neural networks tell us about how the brain works. The team will be working on questions of generalisation in the domains of object identification, word identification, short-term memory, and games, amongst other domains. This PhD position is not attached to any specific project, and the successful candidate will help choose a topic that falls within the goals of the larger project. You can find out more about my research and download papers at: 

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <PhD Experimental Psychology> on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship (ERC Advanced Grant) in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. 

Candidate requirements: Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. The School welcomes applications from both UK and EU applicants

Funding: The studentship is fully funded by the ERC Advanced Grant for 3 years. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, research travel grant and a full stipend at the rate of £14,553.

Contacts: Please contact Prof Jeff Bowers at

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