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Building a career in bioinformatics

On 29 October 2015, EMBL-EBI experts showcased the many services, training and career opportunities in bioinformatics at the institute's annual Open Day.

Sue Lee at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Sue Lee fields questions about EMBL-EBI careers at Open Day 2015. [PHOTO: Robert Slowley]

EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015 kicked off with high-level talks about services, research, training and career opportunities in bioinformatics. EMBL-EBI Director Rolf Apweiler presented an overview of the institute’s offerings for scientists at all career stages, and Helke Hillebrand, Dean of Graduate Studies at EMBL, shared her knowledge and expertise about the International PhD Programme, postdoctoral fellowships and job opportunities at different EMBL sites. Experts on EMBL-EBI’s many freely available services circulated over the lunch break, fielding questions from the visiting scientists about how to best use life-science data resources and software tools.

Half the day was dedicated to parallel sessions, in which visitors could learn more about how EMBL-EBI fits with their scientific interests and career aspirations. “Life as…” career talks, hands-on software demonstrations, tours of campus facilities including the data centre were complemented by an exhibition highlighting careers, training and campus projects.

What our delegates had to say

“The talks were very interesting, and I found out there are lots of career options for researchers and scientists at EMBL-EBI – not just for bioinformaticians! So I’d be really interested in future opportunities at EMBL-EBI.”

“For me, the best part was learning all about EMBL and the different types of research that goes on. It’s great to hear about the interdisciplinary approach to all the research here and the collaborations. It’s definitely been an eye-opener.”

“Today I’ve been able to talk with many people about what they work on, and they’ve given me good information about how I can apply for a job within bioinformatics.”

Open Day 2016

Join us for the next EMBL-EBI Open Day in October 2016. Updates about the event – and about training at EMBL-EBI – will be made via the EMBL-EBI training Twitter feed. You can also see more photos from the 2015 event in our Facebook album.

Helke Hillebrand, Dean of Graduate Studies at EMBL
Helke Hillebrand, Dean of Graduate Studies at EMBL
Katrina Pavelin, EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Katrina Pavelin, EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Rolf Apweiler, EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Rolf Apweiler, EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Abhik Mukhopadhyay PDBe
Abhik Mukhopadhyay PDBe
Sangya Pundir workshop Open Day 2015
Sangya Pundir workshop Open Day 2015
Sirarat Sarntivijai showcases the EFO at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Sirarat Sarntivijai showcases the EFO at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015 workshop
EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015 workshop
Steven Rosanoff at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Steven Rosanoff at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Roland Schwarz at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Roland Schwarz at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Hannah Meyer at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Hannah Meyer at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Emily Perry at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Emily Perry at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Sue Lee at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Sue Lee at EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015

Tags: Apweiler, Bioinformatics, Careers, Hillebrand, open day, Postdoc

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