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Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship

Salary range: £31115 to £39004per annum plus excellent benefits.

At the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute we are committed to enabling and opening routes back into science for those who have had a break from scientific research – for any reason.

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

The 2017 call is now open

We understand that even a short time out of research can have an impact on your career, which is why we have created a postdoctoral fellowship providing an additional opportunity specifically for those who have been out of scientific research for 12 months or more to return to high-quality postdoctoral training. One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Each Fellowship will last for three years and can be worked full time, part time or flexibly.

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants developing their own project with prior agreement and in collaboration with a Sanger Institute Faculty member.

While the Sanger Institute provides the opportunity in its recruitment processes for job applicants to declare career breaks (taken for any reason) so that they can be taken into account when assessing applications for all roles, particularly in relation to the potential impact of time out on individuals’ scientific and career outputs, this fellowship will be open exclusively to those who have taken a career break of 12 months or more.

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

What’s included?

This postdoctoral Fellowship is for a duration of three years, can be worked full time, part time or flexibly at the Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge and includes:

Salary £31,115 – £39,004
Research expenses, including consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
Access to training and support resources at the Institute
Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
Generous benefits
One Janet Thornton Fellowship will be awarded each year following a competitive selection process.

If you have questions about what is included in the Fellowship please email fellowship@sanger.ac.uk


The Janet Thornton Fellowship is open to scientists who:

  • have had a break from scientific research, of 12 continuous months or more, for any reason
    are not currently working in scientific research
  • have at least one years’ postdoctoral experience
  • If you have questions about your eligibility for the Fellowship please contact fellowship@sanger.ac.uk.

Application Process

Eligible candidates are invited to develop their own project (maximum number of words: 1000), in collaboration with a WTSI Faculty member of staff (see for list of Faculty to approach). This description must be pre-approved by the Group Leader involved before the application is submitted.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in December 2017 to discuss their application in more detail and to give a short presentation on their previous work.

Applications are to be made online. Candidates will be asked to provide:

  • a covering letter
  • a current CV
  • the names of two referees
  • the description of the project and Faculty sponsor name
  • the reason(s) for their break from scientific research.
  • Shortlisting decisions will be made based on the scientific excellence of the candidates.

The call is now open. Deadline for applications is Monday 4 September 2017.

If you have questions about the application process please contact fellowship@sanger.ac.uk.

Essential Skills

  • PhD in a relevant subject area
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies in experimental/computational areas
  • Research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the Institute’s research strategy and goals
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and will soon host Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to 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. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society. To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Closing date for applications: 15th September 2017, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

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