Internships and projects

EMBL-EBI / Embassy of France in London Internships

In collaboration with the Embassy of France in London, we are offering a number of paid internships to computer-science, statistics and bioinformatics students who are working at the Masters level or equivalent or above at French universities or grandes écoles.

More information

If you are interested in gaining work experience or pursuing a research project in one of our groups, please contact the group leader directly.

These teams have indicated they are currently accepting trainees and interns. Other teams may also be, in either case, you should follow links to inquire with the team leader.

We regularly host interns across a broad range of biological and computational projects. Currently, we offer the following concrete project:

Bioinformatics/Data curation internship: provides stable URLs for bioinformatics resources [1]. It holds more than 800 records for bioinformatics resources and the metadata required to access them with stable, maintained URLs like To ensure the high quality of, this data collection needs to be regularly validated, maintained, and updated. We are currently improving our procedures for this task, and are searching for an intern interested in automated data validation as well as personal communication with international bioinformatics projects to manually resolve potential issues. This task will be performed in close collaboration with the professional team as well as collaborators worldwide.

The successful candidate will likely be a master student in Bioinformatics or Computer Science, interested in getting good understanding of bioinformatics data resource infrastructure and its maintenance and dynamics. The position is initially for 6 months, but can potentially be extended up to one year. A fixed monthly allowance is provided as a contribution to expenses. For further enquiries or to make an application (attach your CV and a cover letter), please contact Manuel Bernal Llinares, mbernal AT

[1] Wimalaratne SM, Juty N, Kunze J, Janée G, McMurry JA, Beard N, Jimenez R, Grethe JS, Hermjakob H, Martone ME, Clark T. Uniform resolution of compact identifiers for biomedical data. Sci Data. 2018 May 8;5:180029.

The core mission of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA), European Variation Archive (EVA), and European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) infrastructure team is to provide the basic infrastructure to enable global public sharing of genetic data. The EGA is a service and database for permanent archiving and sharing of genetic and phenotypic human data resulting from biomedical research projects. It provides the necessary security required to control access in accordance with participant consent, providing access only to authorised researchers and clinicians. The ENA captures and presents information relating to experimental workflows that are based around nucleotide sequencing. The ENA is a partner in the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC) to provide worldwide exchange and replication of all public nucleotide sequences. The EVA is an open-access database of all types of genetic variation data from all species.

We welcome applications from advanced undergraduates or Masters students with passion to gain practical bioinformatics experience. We have ongoing opportunities for short-term (2-6 months) bioinformatics trainee projects with a stipend. We offer a range of software development and data analysis projects such as data validation tools, federated analysis, data interoperability, backend development, web development, and genetic variation analysis.

In 2018, the deadline for applications for summer internships is 28th February. Please submit a CV and cover letter to apply.

The Protein Function development team welcomes project proposals from Masters students, undergraduates and others with a passion for bioinformatics. We develop world leader resources like UniProt, the Gene Ontology Annotation and the Enzyme portal, which have become an integral part of the tools researchers use on a daily basis for their work. We also develop novel automated methods for protein annotation, enrichment and data analysis tools, and visual representations to enrich the public data archives that support life-science research.

We welcome applications from interested Masters and undergraduate students interested in the areas of gene expression.

We welcome Masters-level and undergraduate students who are interested in participating in pilot projects around data deposition and validation for structural biology.

We're always on the look-out for motivated coders who are interested in designing efficient and scaleable algorithms for whole genome analyses.

Geek for a Week

Our 'Geek for a Week' scheme offers bioinformaticians the chance to work at EMBL-EBI for one intensive week. Participants arrange their own funding, accommodation and travel. If you’d like to give it a try, get in touch with one of the service team leaders listed on our People and Groups page. You will need to send them:

  • a letter stating why you would like to visit, what you hope to achieve, what special facilities you might require and how the visit would benefit your research;
  • your CV and contact information for two references.