EMBL-EBI-Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

The EBI–Sanger Postdoctoral (ESPOD) Programme builds on the collaborative relationship between EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, offering projects that combine experimental (wet-lab) and computational (dry-lab) approaches.

Both located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, their proximity fosters great opportunities for close collaborations. Our researchers have easy access to scientific expertise, well-equipped facilities and an active seminar programme. 

Application process

The call for ESPOD applications is now open. The deadline for submission of the online application and self-proposed projects is Friday, 20 July, 2018 (23:00 UK time).

Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Two recent letters of reference

If you have questions about ESPOD projects, please contact the EMBL-EBI or Sanger Institute group leader in question.

ESPOD 2018 Projects

Predefined projects

You may select your project from the predefined areas listed below. Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applications being linked to specific projects defined in advance of the application deadline. 

Project 1: Pedro Beltrao and Leopold Parts groups
Context dependent changes of signalling states at single cell resolution. 
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Project 2:  Rob Finn and Trevor Lawley groups
Rational mining of the human microbiome for novel antibiotic candidates that target antimicrobial resistant pathogens.
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Project 3: Evangelia Petsalaki and Sarah Teichmann groups
Signalling network inference in single cells from spatial transcriptomics data.
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Project 4: Zamin Iqbal and Gosia Trynka groups
Statistical methods to assess gene expression regulation at highly polymorphic disease associated loci.
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Project 5: Moritz Gerstung and Peter Campbell groups
Genomic analysis of normal tissues of the fallopian tube.
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Project 6: Paul Flicek and Matthew Hurles groups
Identifying causal regulatory variants in rare genetic disorders.
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How to apply?
All applications for predefined projects should be submitted through the EMBL jobs page.

Self-proposed projects

If you choose to propose a project of your own, please submit a full description (maximum: 1000 words) to the PI you would like to work with. This description must be pre-approved by the group and team leaders involved before you submit the application.

How to apply?
Self-proposed project applications should be submitted via e-mail:

Interviews and selection process

Interviews: Panel interviews will take place on Thursday, 20 September, 2018. Successful candidates will be invited to visit EMBL-EBI and the Sanger Institute prior to the interview, on Wednesday, 19 September, 2018. During this time candiates will meet with the group leaders associated with the project of interest and group members.

Start date: Fellowships typically begin in January. Although the start date may be delayed with the agreement of the group leaders, the ESPOD must be undertaken within 12 months of the fellowship being awarded.

Contract Duration: 3 years

Funding: EMBL stipend rates. Details concerning stipend will be provided to those candidates who are invited to interview.