Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists

ARISE Programme Overview

Between 2020 and 2025, ARISE will award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts, helping them prepare for future careers in research infrastructures.

What the programme offers to you

As an ARISE fellow, you will work on technology development of your choice, improve your technology development skills, broaden the understanding of life sciences and learn how to provide service and manage service providing infrastructures.

Career support

  • Supervision and mentoring
  • Secondments in non-academic sector
  • Career advising
  • Personal Career Development Plan
  • Training in transferable skills and outreach

Technology development

  • Three years to work on the techdev project of your interest
  • Collaborate with ARISE partner organisations
  • Improve understanding of life sciences though internal seminars, courses and confereces

Preparing for career in Research Infrastructures

  • Learn about RI management at ARISE school, ARISE courses, expert and use case webinars
  • Shadow users of core facilities to learn how they approach technology
  • Learn about different ways to provide service through secondments


  • Three years contract
  • Competitive salary
  • First class health insurance
  • Excellent social benefits (family and child allowances, generous vacation days)
  • Friendly working surrounding and supportive structures

Technology development

As an ARISE Fellow, you will spend most of your time working on technology development. You will need to find the match between your interests and the interests of the group which you wish to join, before you apply for the fellowship.

Groups that host ARISE fellows are all at EMBL. They all have a track record in development of novel technologies. These technologies broadly come in the fields of data sciences and bioinformartics, mechanical engineering, optical engineering and imaging and biotechnology. Full overview of the exact fields of all groups you will find here.

Professional networks in technology field

Working at EMBL is very interactive and connections with colleagues are built through many professional and free time activities. You will establish connections with experts working at ARISE partner organisations, and learn from them about technology development and service provision. They will often bring in expertise and technology not available at EMBL.

Learning about life sciences

During the fellowship, you will also learn about novel development in broad areas of life sciences though various seminars and conferences taking place at EMBL. This broad knowledge which will help you understand the science of your future users of the technology, but also to think how to make your technology as broadly usable as possible.

Beamline Hamburg, Schneider Group, Maxim Polikarpov. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL
Server room at EMBL EBI Data centre. Credit: EMBL

Professional training to become Research Infrastructure Scientist

In parallel to your work on technology development, you will get trained in skills that are specifically needed for senior staff of research infrastructures. This training will enable you to take a senior position in the research infrastructures after leaving EMBL.

ARISE professional curriculum includes training on

  • management of research infrastructures,
  • provision of services and support of users,
  • leading staff of your team,
  • managing resources you have (e.g. financial, equipment, space)
  • strategically positioning your service providing infrastructure and planning it’s development.

This training will be provided in the forms of courses and secondments at EMBL or ARISE partner organisations, distributed throughout the 3 years of the fellowship. To get the full overview of the training possibilities, please read the Guide for applicants.


All fellows will complete four secondments

  • two at partner organisations, to work on technology development and to get exposed to different set-ups for service provision and techdev.
  • one at EMBL at core facility which is providing access to technology complementary to yours
  • one secondment shadowing a colleague at EMBL who is using a technology at one of the EMBL core facilities, to learn how researchers approach services and technologies provided to them.

When applying for the fellowship, you will be asked to indicate where they would propose to complete their long secondment (2–6 months). This can be changed during the fellowship time and represents no commitment at this stage.

Classroom photo taken during a Bio-IT course. Credit: Marietta Schupp/EMBL
Advanced Light Microscopy Core Facility, Dr. Beate Neumann, Dr. Stefan Terjung. Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Timeline of ARISE Fellowship

Career guidance

During the fellowship, you should decide which position you wish to take after the fellowship is over. This can be for example the leading position in a smaller core facility, or senior scientists in a big research infrastructure like synchrotrone, or similar. You might decide that you wish to stay a technology developer and to make new technologies for a wide variety of users either in academia. or in industry.

To help you decide which direction to go, you will meet the career adviser, and make the career development plan with our help. You will also have regular meeting with your supervisor and select a mentor for yourself. ARISE office will guide you through all these processes.

Employment aspects

As an ARISE Fellow, you will be employed for three years by EMBL, with official position called EMBL Research Fellow.

You will receive a contract that comes with:

  • Competitive monthly salary – see HERE the EMBL fellowship rates that are specific for each EMBL site and increase annually.
  • Social security contribution (health insurance, unemployment insurance, pension scheme.
  • Family allowance for fellows in unions, and child allowance (rates to be found in the table with salary information above).
  • Funds to support travel to secondments at ARISE partner organisations and conferences.

EMBL will provide every assistance in obtaining the required visas or work permits for all its fellows. Further information about visas for your stay at EMBL can be found here.

Depending on the site, other different types of support are available, for example support with organisation of the child care, temporary accommodation in the first week after joining EMBL, sport clubs memberships, language schools etc.
We also have a strong staff association, and various clubs (sports, arts, cooking…) and groups that work on improvement of working conditions at EMBL.

Learn how to apply for ARISE fellowship and training programme

Special support

EMBL and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) pay particular attention to providing equal opportunities for all researchers.

EMBL can apply to the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency for additional financial support for the costs required to support fellows with disabilities. These dedicated grants cover the additional costs that researchers with disabilities face. They can be used, for example, to adapt the working environment for fellows with disabilities, or ensure someone to assist them where necessary. More information about these grants is available from the ARISE Programme Manager.

Learn more

Further information on the programme can be found in the following sections.

Hosting groups

Here you can see which EMBL groups offer to host ARISE fellows

Partner organisations

At partner organisations you will do your secondments

How to apply

Here is the information on how to apply to join ARISE and EMBL


Who to contact and how to get in touch.

ARISE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 945405.

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