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.

Contract Duration: 3 years

Application process | EMBL EBI Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

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.

Projects | EMBL EBI Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

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? EMBL EBI Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

All applications for predefined projects should be submitted through the EMBL jobs page and Self-proposed project applications should be submitted via e-mail: [email protected].

Interviews and selection process | EMBL EBI Sanger postdoctoral fellowships

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 candidates 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.

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.

Project 2: Rob Finn and Trevor Lawley groups
Rational mining of the human microbiome for novel antibiotic candidates that target antimicrobial resistant pathogens.

Project 3: Evangelia Petsalaki and Sarah Teichmann groups
Signalling network inference in single cells from spatial transcriptomics data.

Project 4: Zamin Iqbal and Gosia Trynka groups
Statistical methods to assess gene expression regulation at highly polymorphic disease associated loci.

Project 5: Moritz Gerstung and Peter Campbell groups
Genomic analysis of normal tissues of the fallopian tube.

Project 6: Paul Flicek and Matthew Hurles groups
Identifying causal regulatory variants in rare genetic disorders.

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