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EMBL-EBI-Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

Contract Duration: 3 years

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.


Please visit ESPOD for more information on the projects available or to 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?

All applications for predefined projects should be submitted through the EMBL jobs page and 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.

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

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