EMBL Fellows' Career Service

Career support and guidance to predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows across EMBL’s six sites

The EMBL Fellows’ Career Service provides career support and guidance to predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows across EMBL’s six sites.

EMBL is committed to providing the next generation of scientists with the training, mentoring and career development support needed to identify and successfully progress in their desired careers.

Some of our resources and events are also made available to the entire scientific community: the EMBL Careers Blog and EMBL Career Webinars.

Activities at EMBL

The service helps EMBL fellows to take informed decisions about their career planning. Whether the main interest is pursuing a career path in academia, exploring opportunities in industry R&D, or moving away from the bench, the EMBL Fellows’ Career Service can help.

Two dedicated career advisors provide support at all stages of the career planning process through a portfolio of activities and resources for EMBL’s predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. These include:

  • Individual career guidance
  • Job application materials checks
  • Resources summarizing information on different career options, and best practice for job applications
  • Exercises to assist self-directed career planning
  • Career development workshops and events
  • Specific activities for predocs and postdocs

EMBL Fellows can find more about these offers on the EMBL intranet.

The EMBL Fellows’ Career Service incorporates the EIPOD career development service, which receives funding under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND (grant number 847543).

Career webinars

The EMBL Fellows’ Career Service organize regular career webinars that cover both non-academic and academic career topics.

Our Career Webinars are free of charge and open to participants from EMBL and from other institutions. All participants must register to attend.

Please see the links below to register for upcoming public events.

Upcoming webinars

2024 EMBL Career Webinars

Final dates and speakers will be confirmed throughout the year.

  • If I leave academia, can I come back? | 23 February 2024 from 11:00-12:00 (CET) | Closed
    • Jennifer Rohn, Professorial Research Fellow, University College London, Renal Medicine, UK
    • Algirdas Toleikis, Principal Investigator, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Careers in industry R&D: big pharma vs biotech start-ups | 26 April 2024 from 11:00-12:00 (CEST) | Closed
    • Carina Hasenöhrl, Principal Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim, Austria
    • Sylwia Gawrzak, Translational Scientist, Silence Therapeutics, Germany
  • Science management and policy: roles influencing research culture | 19 July 2024 from 11:00-12:00 (CEST) | Registration
    • Sean Sapcariu, Programme Manager and Research Culture Expert, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Luxembourg
    • Mathew Tata, Funding Policy and Governance Manager, Cancer Research UK (CRUK), UK
    • Victoria Yan, Open Science Research Information Specialist, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
  • Networking for academics | September
    • Gautam Dey, Group Leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
    • Elisa Granato, Research Fellow – BBSRC Discovery Fellowship, University of Oxford, UK
    • Cristina Viéitez, Group Leader / Ramón y Cajal Researcher, Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics (IBGF), Spain
  • Medical communications | November (final speakers TBC)

Previous events

In 2020-2023, 27 webinars were organized, with 68 speakers from 18 countries and over 4200 attendees in total. Previous public events also include the annual EMBL Career Day held at EMBL Heidelberg until 2019.


The EMBL Fellows’ Career Service is part of the Internal Scientific Training Team directed by Monika Lachner – Head of Internal Scientific Training (EICAT) and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Contact persons in the EMBL Fellows’ Career Service:

General inquiries

EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Email: fellows_careers@embl.org