International Fellows Programme

The opportunity

We are seeking to appoint International Fellows to contribute to the Institute’s scientific portfolio.  Fellows should be early career stage scientists with existing faculty positions in a low or middle income country. Applications from senior scientists whose proposals are tightly aligned with the Institute’s strategic direction will also be considered.

The Institute is an internationally renowned genomic research centre with nearly 35 core faculty teams and 1,100 employees, based south of Cambridge. Our mission is to use genomic data to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens in order to improve human health. With core funding and state-of-the-art platforms in sequencing, model organisms, cellular genetics and information technology, we enable our researchers to concentrate on biological questions across a diverse range of genomic and genetic science, in both independent studies and large-scale collaborations. The result is a unique, vibrant and interactive research environment with synergies and cross-fertilisation of ideas across and between our research programmes. 

We welcome applications from candidates whose research interests complement one of our four research programmes, wish to work closely with Sanger faculty and are able to bring in new capabilities and new ideas. Applications from individuals who have a different scientific focus within the broad field of genomics are also welcome. 

The successful candidates will initially be appointed for two years, with the potential for renewal for an additional two years upon successful review. Fellows will be allocated a yearly budget that can be used for research costs, as a stipend to supplement salary costs at their home institution, as well as travel costs.

To maximise the impact of our International Fellows programme, Fellows are expected to spend several months at the Wellcome Sanger Institute during their appointment, where they will benefit from access to the Institute’s fantastic research community and infrastructure. However, we understand this type of commitment could cause disruption to work and home-life and are very open to discussion surrounding flexibility with individual’s circumstances (please see below).

About you

Ideal candidates will have typically completed a PhD or MD within the past 10 years as well as having at least three years experience in a post-doctoral or clinical setting.  Candidates with more experience will need to demonstrate a well-defined research agenda that is relevant to the Wellcome Sanger Institute and impactful to their home Institution.  All candidates need to be associated with an institute of higher learning, research centre, or hospital within a low or middle income country.

About us

The Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the UK hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre, and Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to the Wellcome Conference Centre and the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus.

What else do I need to know?

We have a dedicated Visa and Immigration adviser to provide expert, reliable advice on a range of immigration queries that support the global outlook and collaborative nature of the Institute. We are able to advise and support initial visa applications. Visa information will be discussed in more depth with successful applicants.

Job Reference

Other information

The Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The Institute would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented in Scientific roles.

We support and encourage flexible working and have a range of 'flexible working policies' available to employees. We seek to provide a supportive family friendly environment to enable staff at all levels to balance their professional and home lives.

Applying for the role

Application enquiries should be directed to

For a discussion about the role and around flexible working, contact Marcus Lee.

Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications and details of three referees;
  • Up to two page description summarising scientific achievements to date; and
  • Up to three page outline of future research plans indicating how these fit with, contribute to and make use of the Wellcome Sanger Institute’s programmes and infrastructure.

We strongly encourage applicants to reach out to our research programmes and faculty prior to submitting an application.

For successful candidates, support will be provided in obtaining the necessary visa required to take up this post.

Closing date for applications is 22nd May 2019, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis.