Janet Thornton Fellowship

Janet Thornton Fellowship

At the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute we are committed to enabling and opening routes back into science for those who have had a break from scientific research - for any reason.

The 2017 call is now open
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We understand that even a short time out of research can have an impact on your career, which is why we have created a postdoctoral fellowship providing an additional opportunity specifically for those who have been out of scientific research for 12 months or more to return to high-quality postdoctoral training. One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Each Fellowship will last for three years and can be worked full time, part time or flexibly.

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants developing their own project with prior agreement and in collaboration with a Sanger Institute Faculty member.

While the Sanger Institute provides the opportunity in its recruitment processes for job applicants to declare career breaks (taken for any reason) so that they can be taken into account when assessing applications for all roles, particularly in relation to the potential impact of time out on individuals' scientific and career outputs, this fellowship will be open exclusively to those who have taken a career break of 12 months or more.

What's included?

This postdoctoral Fellowship is for a duration of three years, can be worked full time, part time or flexibly at the Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge and includes:

  • Salary £31,115 - £39,004
  • Research expenses, including consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
  • Access to training and support resources at the Institute
  • Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
  • Generous benefits

One Janet Thornton Fellowship will be awarded each year following a competitive selection process.

If you have questions about what is included in the Fellowship please email fellowship@sanger.ac.uk


The Janet Thornton Fellowship is open to scientists who:

  • have had a break from scientific research, of 12 continuous months or more, for any reason
  • are not currently working in scientific research
  • have at least one years' postdoctoral experience

If you have questions about your eligibility for the Fellowship please contact fellowship@sanger.ac.uk.

Application Process

Eligible candidates are invited to develop their own project (maximum number of words: 1000), in collaboration with a WTSI Faculty member of staff (see below for list of Faculty to approach). This description must be pre-approved by the Group Leader involved before the application is submitted.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in December 2017 to discuss their application in more detail and to give a short presentation on their previous work.

Applications are to be made online. Candidates will be asked to provide:

  • a covering letter
  • a current CV
  • the names of two referees
  • the description of the project and Faculty sponsor name
  • the reason(s) for their break from scientific research.

Shortlisting decisions will be made based on the scientific excellence of the candidates.

The call is now open. Deadline for applications is Monday 4 September 2017.

If you have questions about the application process please contact fellowship@sanger.ac.uk.

Carl Anderson

Carl is a statistical geneticist interested in using genetic and genomic data to further our understanding of immune-mediated diseases. He heads the Genomics of Inflammation and Immunity group at the Sanger Institute.

Contact: carl.anderson@sanger.ac.uk

Matthew Garnett

Mathew's research team investigate how genetic alterations contribute to cancer and impact on patient responses to anti-cancer medicines.

Contact: mathew.garnett@sanger.ac.uk

Martin Hemberg

Martin is a Career Development Fellow Group Leader and his research interests are centered around quantitative models of gene expression and gene regulation. He is particularly interested in stochastic models and analysis of single-cell data. Another line of research involves analyzing the role of non-coding transcripts and sequences.

Contact: martin.hemberg@sanger.ac.uk

Mara Lawniczak

Mara is an evolutionary geneticist interested in understanding what makes some mosquitoes better than others at transmitting malaria. She’s also likes to keep up to speed with new technologies that enhance our understanding of genomes.

Contact: mara.lawniczak@sanger.ac.uk

Marcus Lee

Marcus is interested in the molecular basis of drug resistance in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, and in developing molecular genetics approaches to interrogate gene function.

Contact: marcus.lee@sanger.ac.uk

Leopold Parts

Leo is a geneticist with broad interests in all areas of genomics. He focuses on figuring out most important features to measure in individual cells, creating accurate computational models for their readouts, and finding out how they are changed by genomes and environment.

Contact: leopold.parts@sanger.ac.uk

Julian Rayner

Julian's research seeks to understand the interactions between Plasmodium parasites and human cells, in order to identify and prioritise new drug and vaccine targets. He focuses on the stage of the parasite life cycle that infects human red blood cells, as it is this stage that causes all the symptoms and pathology of malaria.

Contact: julian.rayner@sanger.ac.uk

Sarah Teichmann

Sarah is interested in global principles of protein interactions and gene expression . In particular, her research now focuses on genomics and immunity. From 2016, Sarah is the Head of Cellular Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Contact: sarah.teichmann@sanger.ac.uk

George Vassiliou

George is a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and an Honorary Consultant Haematologist at Cambridge University Hospitals. He heads the Haematological Cancer Genetics Group at the Sanger Institute. His team studies blood cancers with a particular focus on myeloid leukaemias their pathogenesis, clonal evolution and the development of new anti-leukaemia treatments. Additionally, they develop and apply novel molecular methodologies for the diagnosis, classification and treatment of haematological cancers.

Contact: george.vassiliou@sanger.ac.uk


Please send any queries about the Janet Thornton Fellowship to fellowship@sanger.ac.uk