Seth Bullock earned DPhil (PhD) in evolutionary simulation modeling from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at Sussex University. He spent two years at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin working on simulating the evolution of adaptive decision-making behavior in people and other animals. In 1999, Bullock took up a five-year University Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds and founded the Biosystems research group. In 2009, he became Director of Southampton’s Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS). He was promoted to professor of computer science in 2011, and in 2015 he joined the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science as Toshiba Chair in Data Science and Simulation.