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EMBL Fellows' Career Service

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.

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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.

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 on 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.

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

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


Career events

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

Our Careers 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 events

EMBL Careers Webinars

  • Science education: high school teachers | 16 September 11:00-12:00 (CEST) / 10:00-11:00 (BST) | Register
    • Dr. Sophie Chabanis-Davidson, Educational Support Coordinator, European School Karlsruhe, DE
    • Dr. Pascal te Welscher, Biology Teacher, Gerrit Komrij College, NL
  • Life in academia: making the most of your postdoc | 18 November 11:00-12:00 (CET) / 10:00-11:00 (BST) | Register
    • Dr. Simone Heber, Postdoctoral Fellow, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, DE
    • Dr. Lara Urban, Principal Investigator, Helmholtz Munich, AI for Health, Helmholtz Pioneer Campus & Technical University of Munich, DE
    • Dr. Erdinc Sezgin, Assistant Professor, SciLifeLab, Karolinska Institutet, SE
  • Careers in quality control | December (TBC) | Registration opens in autumn
    • Dr. Florian Kleinegger, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, AT
    • TBC

Previous events

Previous Careers Webinars in 2022

  • Creative careers in scientific writing and science visualisation | 11 March
    • Dr. Giorgia Guglielmi, Scientific writing, CH
    • Dr. Lucia Ciglar, Science visualisation, SK
  • Technical experts on technologies (field application scientists) | 23 May
    • Dr. Mai Sun – Manager, Clinical Bioinformatics, EMEA (formerly Senior Field Application Scientist – Clinical Bioinformatics), Illumina, DE
    • Dr. Abhay Kotecha – Manager, Application Scientists (formerly Senior Research Scientist – CryoTEM Field Applications), Thermo Fisher Scientific, NL
  • Making the transition to a group leader role | 10 June
    • Sebastian Glatt, Max Planck Research Group Leader, Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB), Jagiellonian University Krakow, PL
    • Zuzana Kečkéšová, Junior Group Leader, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Science, CZ
    • Karolina Pircs, Junior Group Leader (Assistant Professor) at HCEMM-SU Neurobiology and Neurodegenerative diseases Research Group, HCEMM (Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine), Institute of Translational Medicine, Semmelweis University, HU

Events in previous years

In 2020-2021, 16 webinars were organized, with 40 speakers from 11 countries and over 2600 attendees in total. Previous public events also include the annual EMBL Career Day held at EMBL Heidelberg until 2019.


Contact

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

Tel: +49 6221 387-8725/8891

Email: fellows_careers@embl.org

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