Postdoctoral Programme EMBL Interdisciplinary Research, Germany

Publish Date: Aug 15, 2016

Deadline: Sep 05, 2016


The EIPOD programme underlines EMBL’s strong commitment to promoting interdisciplinary research. The institution has a long-standing tradition of scientific excellence that builds on highly interactive research between the group leaders of different research units. EIPOD projects capitalise on synergies emerging at the borders of overlapping yet separate scientific fields, and involve transferring techniques to a novel context. The programme is open to all nationalities and offers about 20 positions annually.

Features of the positions include

  • Funding for cross-disciplinary projects
  • Three years' of secure funding
  • Providing generous health care benefits and pension access
  • Development of a project proposal forms the basis for recruitment
  • Additional partners from academia or industry are welcome


The 2016 EIPOD call is open until September 5th. Please apply via our online database available in the "Further official information" below.

Each year, EMBL and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions will fund about 20 EIPOD positions involving at least two research groups, preferably located in different units. Each project will have one scientific supervisor from EMBL who will officially host the EIPOD, but all projects will involve extensive collaboration with the EMBL partner lab(s). External partners from academia or industry are welcome. All applicants must develop a research proposal as part of their application and should get directly in contact with potenatial EMBL supervisors to prediscuss projects prior to submission. Click here for an overview of EMBL research units and to search by research topics.

The EI3POD programme has been set up to offer maximum training opportunties for fellows. An overview of the programme with a detailed description of the mandatory and optional training features is available here.

Key dates 

June 15th- September - 5th 2016 EIPOD call is open
September 6th - September 26th Evaluation of submitted applications by relevant committees
September 27th - October 11th Establishment of the shortlist for interview
October 12th - EIPOD office sends out invitations to interview. Candidates who are not shortlisted are informed
November 14th - November 15th Visit of EMBL outstations for relevant applicants
November 16th (during the day) - Visit of EMBL Heidelberg for relevant applicants
November 16th (late afternoon) - Welcome event for all interviewing candidates
November 17th - Official EIPOD interviews at EMBL Heidelberg for all interviewing candidates
November 25th - Interviewed candidates are informed of the outcome of the interviews

Lab visits

Candidates for interview visit all EMBL labs involved in the project(s) for which they are interviewing. For the EMBL outstations these visits should take on November 14th and/or November 15th. Visits to EMBL Heidelberg labs should take place on November 16h (before 17:00). External partners are accommodated mainly via electronic methods such as Skype and video conferencing.

Welcome Talks for candidates

The welcome event takes place on November 16th starting at 17:00. A series of talks from the EIPOD programme and EMBL Human Resources give interviewing candidates an overview of the EIPOD programme and working conditions for EIPODs at EMBL. It also allows candidates the possiblitiy to ask any questions they may have.

Official interviews

The official interviews take place on November 17th. Candidates give a short talk in the morning and are interviewed by a panel consisting of EMBL faculty and external experts in the afternoon.

Who are we looking for?

Interdisciplinarity is the basis of the EIPOD fellowship programme. As such we welcome applications from highly motivated fellows interested in moving into a new area of research. It is envisaged that fellows bring their specific skill sets to an EIPOD project and benefit from acquiring a new set of skills. Many EIPOD research projects involve groups located at different EMBL sites. Additional external partners from academia and industry are also welcome. As such mobility is an asset.

We recruit EIPOD fellows from a wide range of backgrounds including, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science and bioinformatics. Interdisciplinarity is an important strength of research at EMBL and as such we welcome fellows interested in moving into a new area of research.

Who is eligible?

The EIPOD fellowship programme is open to all nationalities, the only criteria being scientific excellence and interdisciplinarity. You must have your PhD (or 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience) before you can start your EIPOD position. We welcome applications from scientists who are currently doing postdoctoral research at another institution. Postdocs at EMBL are also eligible to apply provided that previous affiliation with EMBL does not exceed 12 months in the last three years prior to the submission deadline.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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