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Career & Funding opportunities


Overview of opportunities and upcoming deadlines

- Career events:
     EMBL PhD Symposium | The Big Picture - Zooming into Life | 16-17 December 2021 | Virtual
     EMBL Career Webinars  | See upcoming (news events in autumn 2021 TBA)   

- Funding and positions - for POSTDOCS:
     EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs Programme (EIPOD) (3 years) | Apply by 7 September 2021 
     EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 years) | Apply continually
     EMBO Scientific Exchange Fellowship (3 months) | Apply continually
EMBO travel and child care grant | offered for specific events | Continually

     EMBL-EBI-Sanger postdoctoral fellowship (ESPOD) | Summer 2021 
     EMBL-IIT postdoctoral fellowship (ETPOD) | Summer 2021
     EMBL-EBI / Cambridge Computational Biomedical Postdoctoral Fellowships (EBPOD) | Summer 2021

- Funding and positions - for PHD STUDENTS:
     EMBL International PhD Programme | Apply by October 2021 
     EMBO Scientific Exchange Fellowship (3 months) | Apply continually
EMBO travel and child care grant | offered for specific events | Continually

- Visit EMBL:
     Fellowships for use of EMBL Services | Apply continually
     EMBL’s Scientific Visitor Programme 
     Internship at EMBL


Overview of opportunities and upcoming deadlines

- EMBO funding:
     EMBO Young Investigator grant (4 years) | For group leaders setting up their independent laboratories | 1 April 2022
     EMBO New Venture Fellowship (3 months) | Apply by 1 June 2022 (TBA) 
     EMBO Core Facility Fellowship (1 month) | Apply continually
     EMBO Scientific Exchange Grants (3 months) | Apply continually
EMBO travel and child care grant | offered for specific events | Continually

- EMBO training:
     EMBO Lab Leadership courses | Apply continually

- EMBL funding:
     EMBL Technology Developers Programme
     - Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists (ARISE) (3 years) | 31 October 2021

- Visit EMBL:
     Fellowships for use of EMBL Services | Apply continually
     EMBL’s Scientific Visitor Programme

~ Job opportunities ~

See the many job opportiunities at EMBL and EMBO | both scientific and non-scientific positions  

EMBL offer attractive conditions and benefits to attract and retain the brightest talent for scientific and non-scientific positions. We encourage applications from international candidates at all career levels.

If you are interested in postdoctoral positions at EMBL please visit Entry Routes. A few postdoctoral fellowships may be offered as specified positions on the EMBL job pages

Selected staff member positions:

Group Leader – Structural Systems Biology
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 12, 2021

Group Leader – Cell Biology and Biophysics (2 positions)
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 12, 2021

Group Leader - Developmental Biology
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 12, 2021

Service Manager - EMBL Imaging Centre
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 12, 2021

Staff Member at EMBL-EBI Hinxton | Closes September 14, 2021

Group Leader Positions in Precision Medicine - AI/Machine Learning and/or Cell based approaches
Staff member at NCMM, Norway | Closes September 15, 2021

Supervisor Electrical Engineering
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 15, 2021

Image Data Specialist - Euro-BioImaging
Staff Member at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes September 19, 2021

Selected postdoctoral fellow positions:

Postdoctoral Fellow - ESPOD 2021
Postdoctoral Fellow at EMBL-EBI Hinxton | Closes September 12, 2021

Postdoctoral Fellow - molecular mechanisms used by transcription factors
Postdoctoral Fellow at EMBL Heidelberg | Closes Sept. 27, 2021

ARISE Fellowships for technology developers
Postdoctoral Fellow at All EMBL Sites (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain) | Closes Nov. 30, 2021

See also the many research support positions, such as positions as technician, scientific support officers, EMBO programme officers, scientific editors, data engineers, and more

Scientific services available to you ~ Core facilities, Instruments, & Infrastructure

~ Overview of available scientific services at EMBL ~

EMBL is powering world-class research through tools, data, and facilities

EMBL’s scientific services encompass over 40 bioinformatics and data resources, and more than 20 experimental services in the fields of structural biology, imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, in vivo gene editing, and chemical biology.

Explore the various EMBL services available to you, where you have access to the very latest in scientific technologies, infrastructure, and data resources within structural biology, imaging, bioinformatics data ressources and tools,  multi-omics facilities, chemical biology services, in vivo gene editing services, and sample preparation.

Full list of Scientific Services at EMBL

See pdf flyer presentation of possible services

~ The new EMBL Imaging Centre | Opens in summer 2021 ~

Opens in summer 2021 - stay tuned!

The new EMBL Imaging Centre

Cutting-edge electron and light microscopy technologies. The EMBL Imaging Centre will provide open access for researchers to cutting-edge imaging technologies integrating methods in the field of electron and light microscopy.

Watch the presentation video of the EMBL Imaging Centre

~ Fellowships for use of EMBL Services ~

Fellowships for use of EMBL Services

The Christian Boulin Fellowships support travel and accommodation costs for young scientists visiting facilities at the EMBL sites, so they can learn and use the latest scientific techniques and advance their research projects.

Apply continually. 
Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Scientific conferences & courses

~ Courses relevant for PhD students ~

If you are looking for a scientific course for your PhD studies, then check out the many courses EMBL and EMBO offer.
A list of upcoming courses are also listed below here.

Please contact your PhD school for information on the ECTS point equivalent of a given course.

31 Mar - 12 May 2021
3 May - 7 May 2021
J. Krijgsveld, C. Ludwig, M. SavitskiClosed
17 May - 21 May 2021
M. Gerstung, A. MishraClosed
17 May - 25 May 2021
P. Baranov, J. Medenbach, S. Leidel, E. ZielonkaClosed
18 May - 20 May 2021
S. Butcher, C. BrooksbankClosed
15 Jun - 17 Jun 2021
L. Larcombe, S. MorganClosed
21 Jun - 25 Jun 2021
F. Eduati, K. Förstner, T. Hancocks, E. PetsalakiClosed
28 Jun - 2 Jul 2021
A. Holinski, L. Larcombe, S. Morgan, H. Peterson, A. SwanClosed
28 Jun - 2 Jul 2021
R. Haase, A. Klemm, S. Nørrelykke, P. Paul-Gilloteaux, C. Tischer, C. WahlbyClosed
12 Jul - 16 Jul 2021
T.Hancocks, C.Russell, V.Uhlmann, A.Brazma, J.Swedlow14 May 2021
12 Jul - 16 Jul 2021
D.Araújo, J. A. Vizcaíno, L.MartensClosed
12 Jul - 16 Jul 2021
M. Lampe, R. Pepperkok, U. Schwarz10 May 2021
26 Jul - 30 Jul 2021
I. Gaspar, E. Perlas, E. ZielonkaClosed
23 Aug - 27 Aug 2021
J. Delgado, A. Halavatyi, S. Marawske, S. Reither7 Jun 2021
30 Aug - 2 Sep 2021
V. Benes, K. Danielski, E. Zielonka13 Jun 2021
6 Sep - 10 Sep 2021
O. Avinoam, R. Mellwig, M. SchorbWill open shortly
27 Sep - 1 Oct 2021
D.AraujoWill open shortly
27 Sep - 1 Oct 2021
A. Holinski, R. SheriffWill open shortly2 Jul 2021
27 Sep - 4 Oct 2021
V. Benes, N. Humphreys, B. Koch, E. ZielonkaWill open shortly
11 Oct - 15 Oct 2021
P. Gopalasingam, D. Armstrong, G. Kleywegt, C. OrengoWill open shortly
11 Oct - 15 Oct 2021
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
A. Ståhlberg, V. BenesWill open shortly
8 Nov - 12 Nov 2021
P.Carvajal Lopez, R. Finn, L. RichardsonWill open shortly

~ EMBL courses and conferences ~

EMBL Courses and Conferences
 are a major European platform for sharing and expanding research, knowledge and contacts through face-to-face and virtual interaction.

Download the poster

Sign up for EMBL's events newsletter

See full list of EMBL events

~ EMBO events and training ~

EMBO Courses & Workshops stimulate exchanges of the latest scientific knowledge and offers training in new techniques. The programme funds workshops, practical courses and lectures courses.

Sign up for EMBO's newsletter

See full list of EMBO events

~ EMBO Lab Leadership courses ~

Leadership, communication, scientific writing, research integrity and other professional and 'soft skills' are critical for a successful career in science. These courses have been designed to meet the specific needs of researchers. 

See overview of courses in 2021:

  • Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders | 4–6 May | 8–10 June | 29 June–1 July | 13–15 July | 17–19 August
  • Laboratory Leadership for Postdocs | 10–12 May 22–24 June | 6–8 July | 24–26 August
  • Self-Leadership for Scientists | 12–14 May | 1–3 September 
  • Project Management for Scientists | 18–20 May | 20–22 July 
  • Communicating Research: Paper Writing & Short Presentations | 24–25 June
  • Scientific Integrity: How to Publish Reproducible Results | 17–18 June 
  • How to Review a Scientific Paper | 20–21 May | 29–30 June 
  • Applying Design Principles to Schematic Figures | 2–2 July

~ EMBL Career Webinars ~

~ EMBL-EBI on demand training - free online courses ~

EMBL-EBI provides free online courses and recorded webinars that are available anytime, as well as live webinars, on Europe's most widely used data resources, created by experts at EMBL-EBI and collaborating institutes.

Discover the online tutorials and webinar library, designed and delivered by EMBL-EBI experts and the wider training faculty. Openly accessible and available whenever you need them - enabling you to learn flexibly at your own pace, wherever you may be.


  • A guide to UniProt for students
  • A guide to exploring genes and genomes with Ensembl
  • Accessing InterPro programmatically
  • An introduction to EMBL-EBI resources
  • An introduction to WormBase ParaSite resources
  • Analysing linkage disequilibrium with Ensembl
  • Annotate your proteins with the UniProt Functional Annotation system UniFire
  • Annotating your own variation data with the Ensembl Variant Effect Predictor (VEP)


  • A journey through bioinformatics: Explore resources from EMBL-EBI
  • ArrayExpress: Quick tour

~ EMBL e-learning courses ~

The EMBL wet-lab e-learning courses feature research carried out and technologies used at EMBL, and are created by our experts for you to access anytime.

  • Non-Antibiotic Drugs affect our Gut Bacteria
  • An Introduction to Optogenetics
  • An Introduction to On-section CLEM
  • Simulating the Cytoskeleton using Cytosim

Mission of DANEMO

DANEMO is the Danish research support center and communication platform with the mission to increase attention to the numerous opportunities at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) for career paths, funding, and scientific services such as core facilities, databases, instruments, and large-scale facilities. EMBO and EMBL opportunities are relevant to everyone in the Danish research communities within life sciences in both academia and industry, from undergraduates to senior scientists! 

The aim is to raise the awareness and use of the many exciting research positions and fellowships at cutting-edge facilities to strengthen careers in science and research support, and of the many resources in science offered by EMBL and EMBO. Hopefully DANEMO’s mission will result in more Danish applicants to the PhD, postdoc and group leader programmes at EMBL, as well as the many career developing opportunities for research facility and support staff, use of scientific services at EMBL, and for fellowship, course opportunities and networks at EMBO.  

Scientific events ~ upcoming deadlines in autumn 2021

Closing soon:

Cell Bio 2021 | An online ASCB | EMBO Meeting
1-10 Dec 2021 | Registration is open

The Next Generation in Infection Biology | EMBL Conference
25-26 January 2022 | Submit abstract by 3 Nov (register by 15 Dec)

Bacterial membrane vesicles: Biogenesis, functions and medical applications | EMBO Workshop
23-26 Nov 2021 | Register by 15 Oct

The 20S proteasome degradation pathway | EMBO Workshop
16-20 Jan 2022 | Submit abstract by 15 Oct

Recent Advances in Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins | EMBO Workshop
29 Nov - 1 Dec | Submit abstract by 4 Oct (register by 1 Nov)

PhD Symposium: The Big Picture – Zooming Into Life | 23rd EMBL PhD Symposium
16-17 Dec 2021 | Submit abstract by 3 Oct (register by 15 Nov)

Microglia 2021 | EMBO Workshop
28-29 Oct 2021 | Register by 30 Sep

Bacterial cell biophysics: DNA replication, growth, division, size and shape | EMBO Workshop
12-17 Dec 2021 | Submit abstract by 30 Sep (register by 12 Oct)

Advances and challenges in biomolecular simulations | EMBO workshop
18-21 Oct 2021 | Register by 24 Sep

Metabolism Meets Epigenetics | EMBO | EMBL Symposium
17-20 Nov 2021 | Submit abstract by 22 Sep (register by 20 Oct)

Cancer Genomics | EMBL Conference
22-24 Nov 2021 | Register and submit abstract by 20 Sep

Plant genome stability and change 2021 | EMBO Workshop
5-8 Dec 2021 | Submit abstract by 20 Sep (register by 15 Nov)

From molecules to organisms: An integrative view of cell biology | EMBO Workshop
11-16 Jan 2021 | Register and submit abstract by 20 Sep

Axons 2021: Structure and function | EMBO Workshop
2-6 Oct 2021 | Submit abstract by 17 Sep (register by 27 Sep)

Biomolecular interaction analysis 2021: From molecules to cells | EMBO practical course
25-29 Oct 2021 | Register and submit abstract by 17 Sep

Targeted proteomics: Experimental design and data analysis | EMBO practical course
29 Nov-3 Dec 2021 | Register and abstract submission by 15 Sep

Virtual Emsembl REST-API Workshop | EMBL Workshop
14-16 Sep 2021 | Register by 13 Sep

The Non-Coding Genome | EMBL | EMBO Symposium
13-15 Oct 2021 | Register by 13 Sep

Designing functional biomolecular assemblies: Beyond biology | EMBO Workshop
28 Sep-1 Oct 2021 | Submit abstract by 10 Sep (register by 27 Sep)

Bringing Molecular Structure to Life: 50 Years of the PDB | EMBL virtual Conference
20-22 Oct 2021 | Register and submit abstract by 8 Sep

Vascular malformations: From fundamental biology to therapeutic opportunities | EMBO Workshop
6-8 Oct 2021 | Register and submit abstract by 8 Sep

Seeing is Believing: Imaging the Molecular Processes of Life | EMBO | EMBL Symposium
5-8 Oct 2021 | Register by 7 Sep

Virtual Ensembl Browser Workshop | EMBL Workshop
7-9 Sep 2021 | Register by 6 Sep