Life at EMBL-EBI

Life at EMBL-EBI

With outstanding technical infrastructure and a flexible working style, EMBL-EBI is a medium-sized organisation with a small-company feel. Located on the beautifully landscaped Wellcome Genome Campus, our staff enjoy a vibrant, interdisciplinary working environment just 12km from central Cambridge. The campus offers a free commuter bus service, a library, on-site nursery and subsidised gym and restaurants.

As part of EMBL, we recruit internationally and offer competitive salary and benefits, including help for those moving far from home. Our staff benefit from a supportive environment, with scientific training, world-class seminars and many opportunities to move between projects and learn on the job. We also offer general training to help our staff build skills for personal development.

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Career profiles

We've interviewed members of our staff to give you an idea of what it's like to work in different parts of our organisation. You can find our more at our autumn Open Days, and hear from our experts on Twitter and Facebook.


"Doing science is made easy at EMBL-EBI. The computational power we have here is amazing and it comes with excellent administrative support.”Amelie Baud, Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at EMBL-EBI

Team Leader

"I've always been a programmer at heart, and loved biology. Bioinformatics gave me a way to bring those two things together."Andy Yates, Team Leader, Genomics Technology Infrastructure


"My official title is Bioinformatics Trainer, but training is only a part of my responsibilities. I also help develop and test new bioinformatics tools, which gives me a chance to collaborate with bioinformatics leaders like William Pearson (FASTA) and Des Higgins (Clustal).” Andrew Cowley, Bioinformatics Trainer at EMBL-EBI


"EMBL-EBI’s data centres host one of the biggest collections of molecular data in the world, and when anything goes wrong in the campus data centre I am the first point of call." Dawn Johnson, Data Centre Engineer at EMBL-EBI


"To work here, with people who are immediately using [our services] to positive ends, and to learn about the impact of their work, gives our own a clear, immediate value."Dan Sheppard, Developer for the Ensembl Genome Browser