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Fully-funded PhD places are available at the new Center for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling. The CDT pursues computational modelling research spanning engineering, computer science, mathematics, and the physical, natural and life sciences.

There are a growing number of complexity science career opportunities within companies spanning a huge range of industrial sectors (as well as academic posts within complexity science research groups).

From IT, energy and transport to entertainment, finance and health, huge multinationals, small-to-medium enterprises and start-up consultancies have all started to target complexity science.

Listed below are some of the companies that are involved in Southampton’s complexity science research and training:

Complexity Science Consultancies

EuroBios, a worldwide leader in managing complexity sciences, is a software vendor providing powerful products and solutions at strategic, tactical and operational levels

“We currently have to look abroad for candidates with the right experience and skills to tackle the complex problems we address across many UK sectors.” – Vince Darley, Eurobios. (See UK Complexity Science training opportunities.)

Icosystem is one of the world’s premier complexity firms, creating tools that replicate the behaviour of real systems where complexity precludes traditional analytic approaches.

“To be successful, businesses need to harness the complexity of the environment in which they operate: they need to adapt to the constantly shifting landscape of value creation, understand and leverage networked risk, and tap into their collective right brains to become more creative. Who can help them? Complexity scientists.” – Eric Bonabeau, Icosystem.

Quarndon Cognition specialises in emerging technology, helping to plan, acquire and exploit emerging IT, Microsystems, complex systems, energy conversion, and sensor systems.

“I believe that industry is ready to pursue new approaches to solving the problems that arise in their ever more complex systems.” – Peter Cowley, Quarndon Cognition.


BAE Systems are Europe’s largest defence company with an annual R&D spend of £1.2 billion. Relevant activities include autonomous vehicle research and distributed systems engineering.

EuroControl, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, has as its main objective developing a seamless, pan-European Air Traffic Management system.

“There is an urgent need to address the problems presented by the increasing scale and connectivity of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) network.” – Marc Bourgois, Eurocontrol.

Rolls Royce are key players in the interaction between academia, government and industry in areas such as information engineering, grid computing & intelligent infrastructure.

Serco, a major transport operator, develop traffic management systems including a £160M National Traffic Control Centre managing 6,500km of England’s roads.

Shadow Creek Consulting provides consultancy and delivers solutions that employ information and communications technology, focussing primarily on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Unilever is a multinational with 270K+ employees, a diverse product base, and complexity science interests spanning, e.g., product design, consumer modelling, supply chain optimization.


Deutsche Bank is Europe’s leading equities house and a top-three global foreign exchange provider. Complexity science has strong relevance to both activities.

Information Technology

BT has pioneered a world-class science and engineering base for the design and delivery of next-generation networks and services exploiting biological self-organisation.

"The future of pervasive ICT service provision depends on our ability to understand and master complexity.” – Fabrice Saffre, BT.

Hewlett-Packard Labs are the research wing of Hewlett-Packard’s multinational IT company, and have strong interests in agent-based computing and market systems.

IBM, the largest IT company in the world (330K+ employees; annual revenues of $96Bn), has key interests in business complexity and technologies such as GRID computing.

Software & Entertainment

Gameware, originators of Bamzooki and the Creatures game franchise, include Creature Labs (an A-Life division) and SceneMachines (a mobile technology division).

"Knowledge and understanding of complex systems is an invaluable asset when dealing with ever more realistic and sophisticated game environments and simulations.” – Dylan Banarse, Gameware.

NaturalMotion pioneered Dynamic Motion Synthesis, a break-through in quality real-time 3D character animation combining AI, biomechanics, and dynamics simulation.

"Games consoles and PCs now have the power to simulate complex systems such as the 3D characters' body and motor control system. Our clients use our technology to create truly interactive game play that was previously impossible.” – Torsten Reil, NaturalMotion.

Sana Security pioneers security software that is autonomous, alert to change, adaptive to new viral threats, and active in preventing attacks before they do harm.