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 institutions are 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 ESPOD call for candidates is now closed. Stay tuned for the next round of applications, which will open in summer 2021.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter specifying the project you are applying for (pre-defined or proposed by the applicant)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Two recent letters of reference

ESPOD 2020 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: David Adams and Alex Bateman groups
Deep mutational scanning of the dark proteome
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Project 2: Mara Lawniczak and Ewan Birney groups
Long reads to investigate within species variation across the Tree of Life
Read the project description

Project 3: Mark Blaxter, Rob Finn and Nick Goldman groups
Photosymbiosis genomics
Read the project description

Project 4: John Marioni and Sarah Teichmann groups
Strategies for integrating spatial data across individuals
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Project 5: Ellen McDonagh, Gosia Trynka and Emma Davenport groups
Investigation of genetic signatures associated with pharmacological outcomes for immune diseases
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Project 6: Evangelia Petsalaki and Matthew Garnett groups
A data-driven framework for uncovering the role of understudied kinases in signalling network adaptation
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Project 7: Daniel Zerbino and Leopold Parts groups
A unified view of human coding mutation effect
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How to apply?
All applications for predefined projects should be submitted through the EMBL jobs page.
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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 , incuding a project description (maximum: 1000 words), a CV, and either two letters of recommendation or the names of two referees, may be submitted via e-mail:
Email your proposal

Interviews and selection process

Interviews: Interviews will be held virtually in November 2020.

Start date: 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.