Postdoctoral Fellows - An Overview
Training and developing scientists is an important priority for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. We aim to provide a first class and well resourced learning environment in which individuals are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need for a successful career in science.
The Institute currently has around 80 PDFs who play a key role in our ongoing research programmes and are often lead authors on many of the resulting publications. Since there is no other institute in Europe, possibly in the world, where genetic and biological data is produced and analysed in greater volumes, the training environment at the Sanger Institute is unique. The research facilities and resources available are exceptional, even at a global level, and therefore provide PDFs with unprecedented opportunities to develop their skills. We are aiming to train a cadre of internationally competitive scientists who understand genomic methodologies and analytical tools, so that they are able to work with large genomic data sets and biological resources. This training will enable these scientists to make significant contributions to the progress of biomedical research.
The Institute provides PDFs with a flexibly-structured programme of transferable skills training and excellent career guidance opportunities, which are overseen by the PDF Development Committee. PDFs have an annual performance review/appraisal meeting with their line manager, and their progress towards the attainment of research and development objectives is monitored.
The campus, which is shared with the European Bioinformatics Institute, provides excellent staff amenities including a well equipped library, restaurant and cafes, sports hall, sports field and gymnasium, and a free bus service. Employees at the Institute also have access to a range of benefits.
The key elements of our Postdoctoral programme include:
- Provision of support for postdoctoral scientists through a period of early career research training
- Planning, developing and carrying out research under the direction of a member of Faculty or other senior scientist
- Acquisition and refinement of the knowledge and skills (field-specific and transferable) necessary to provide a foundation for a career in science
- Flexibly-structured programme of core transferable skills training
- Regular assessment of progress against research and development objectives
- Formal review in final year to assess achievement against objectives and to evaluate career options
- Time-limited positions with a clear expectation that individuals will move on to positions elsewhere
- Personal salary support from either core Institute or third party funding. Encouragement to compete for prestigious and other well-resourced external fellowships