EMBL-EBI and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute share the Wellcome Genome Campus. This proximity fosters close collaborations and contributes to an international and vibrant campus environment. Researchers are supported by easy access to scientific expertise, well-equipped facilities and an active seminar programme.  

Your role

The EMBL-EBI–Sanger Postdoctoral (ESPOD) Programme builds on the strong collaborative relationship between the two institutes, offering projects which combine experimental (wet lab) and computational approaches.

Projects may be selected from pre-defined areas or proposed by the applicant. In the case of self-defined projects, the area of work must have been agreed with both EMBL-EBI and Sanger-based group leaders. The postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2020. All ESPOD fellowships must be undertaken within 12 months of the fellowship being awarded.

  • Project 1. David Adams (WTSI) & Alex Bateman (EMBL-EBI)   – Deep Mutational Scanning of the Dark Proteome
  • Project 2. Mara Lawniczak (Sanger Institute) Ewan Birney (EMBL-EBI) – Long reads to investigate within species variation across the Tree of Life
  • Project 3. Mark Blaxter (Sanger Institute), Rob Finn (EMBL-EBI) and Nick Goldman (EMBL-EBI) – Photosymbiosis Genomics
  • Project 4. John Marioni (EMBL-EBI) Sarah Teichmann (Sanger Institute) – Strategies for integrating spatial data across individuals
  • Project 5.  Ellen McDonagh (EMBL-EBI), Gosia Trynka (WSI) Emma Davenport (WSI) – Investigation of genetic signatures associated with pharmacological outcomes for immune diseases
  • Project 6. Evangelia Petsalaki (EMBL-EBI)  Mathew Garnett (Sanger Institute) – A data-driven framework for uncovering the role of understudied kinases in signalling network adaptation
  • Project 7. Daniel Zerbino (EMBL-EBI), Leopold Parts (Sanger Institute) – A unified view of human coding mutation effect

Why join us

We have an informal culture, international working environment and excellent professional development opportunities but one of the really amazing things about us is the concentration of technical and scientific expertise – something you probably won’t find anywhere else.

As part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), we are a non-profit, intergovernmental organisation funded by over 20 member states and associate member states. We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and our 600 staff are scientists, engineers, technicians and other professionals from all over the world.

If you’ve ever visited the campus you’ll have experienced first-hand our friendly, collegial and supportive atmosphere, set in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities including a gym, a free shuttle bus, an on-site nursery, cafés and restaurant and a library.  

What else you need to know

Application instructions:

Please apply for this position through our online system. Applications should consist of the following:

  • A cover letter specifying the project you are applying for;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • Two recent letters of reference.

Applications will close at 23:00 GMT on the date listed above.

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and this will continue after Brexit. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with applicants selected for interview.

EMBL-EBI is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women, who are currently under-represented at all levels. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The initial contract is for a period of 3 years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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