Postdoctoral Fellow – Bridging Excellence Fellowship

All EMBL Sites (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain)

Make your mark as a transatlantic scientist!

The EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance invites researchers to submit an application to the Bridging Excellence Postdoctoral Program. With a network of over 50 labs from across EMBL and Stanford University, we believe in working together to leverage the know-how, technologies and opportunities at both leading institutions to accelerate biological research. 

Our Bridging Excellence Fellowships support ambitious and creative joint projects, defined by postdoctoral applicants. The fellowships provide funding for a 3-year EMBL stipend, lab consumables, a generous travel and accommodation supplement for visit(s) to Stanford, and funds for presenting at an international conference.

Your role

We invite all eligible researchers to submit a proposal describing a collaboration between at least one lab at EMBL and one faculty member from the Stanford University School of Medicine or the Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. This collaboration should build on the strengths of the partner laboratories, as well as the researchers own expertise. Fellowships will be awarded to researchers, who take up a position as a postdoctoral fellow at EMBL for 3 years. During this time, fellows will spend up to one year visiting their collaborators in Stanford to work on the joint research project (multiple visits totalling 1 year are permitted). In addition to benefitting from the mentorship from two expert supervisors, fellows will also be able to take advantage of  postdoctoral training opportunities from both institutions.


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Closing date: 6 June 2021

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Researchers who want to bridge two leading research institutions, work with cutting-edge technology, and develop their international profile are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be prepared to be internationally mobile, drive the creation of new research synergies and be excited by the prospect of being an ambassador for transatlantic science.

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We invite applications in all fields, from any eligible researcher regardless of nationality, gender, or scientific background. Please read the applicant guideline provided on our website for full eligibility criteria.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

What else you need to know

Please download the application form and submit the final PDF, along with the completed letter of support from your chosen project supervisors by June 6 2021, 11:59pm CET.Applications must be submitted using the form provided. Applications that are not submitted using the form provided, or outside of this system will not be reviewed.

You will also be asked to provide the contact details of two referees who will be emailed automatically once you submit your application. The deadline for letters of recommendation is the 16th of June 2021. It is the fellows responsibility to ensure that referees upload their references by this date. 

Please read the applicant guidelines available on our website for more information on eligibility, current collaborations and conditions of the fellowships.

Interviews will take place virtually on the 21st of July 2021.  

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