Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018 | Cambridge, UK: At the Wellcome 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 2018 | Cambridge, UK

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 applying to one of the broad project outlines listed below. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the named supervisor.

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.

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

Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018 | Cambridge, UK

What’s included?

This Postdoctoral Fellowship is for a duration of three years, can be worked full time, part time or flexible at the Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge and includes:
• Salary £31,503 – £39,492
• Research expenses, including generous consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
• Access to training and support resources from across the organization
• Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
• Generous and flexible benefits

One Janet Thornton Fellowship is awarded each year following a competitive selection process.

If you have questions about what is included in the Fellowship or about your eligibility please email [email protected]

Eligibility for Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018 | Cambridge, 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 [email protected].

Application Process | Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018 | Cambridge, UK

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 the 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 November 2018 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 29 June 2018.

If you have questions about the application process please contact [email protected].

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: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:
• Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
• Group Income Protection
• Private Health Insurance
• 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
• Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
• Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
• Employee Discount Scheme
• Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
• Active Campus Sports and Social Club
• Free Campus Bus Service

Closing date for applications: 29th June 2018, however applications will be considered and reviewed on an on-going basis and therefore the post may be filled before the deadline.

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