Sanger Institute Fellowship

[Genome Research Limited]

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.

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 one year 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 applications being linked to specific projects defined by Faculty members at the Institute.

While the Sanger Institute provides the opportunity in its recruitment processes for job applicants to declare career breaks (taken for any reason) such 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.

This postdoctoral Fellowship is for the duration of three years and 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 (£29,829-£37,393 p.a.)
  • 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
  • A research mentor based at the Sanger Institute
  • Generous benefits

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

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The Sanger Institute Fellowship is open to scientists who have:

  • had a break from scientific research, of one year or more, for any reason
  • at least one years' postdoctoral experience

If you have questions about your eligibility for the Fellowship please contact

Application process

Eligible candidates are invited to apply to work on one of a range of projects put forward by the Institute.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in late September/early October to discuss their application in more detail.

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

  • a covering letter
  • a current CV
  • the names of two referees
  • an indication of the project they are applying for
  • the reason(s) for their break from scientific research.

Candidates may only apply for one project.

Key dates for application process:

Call for applications opens: Wednesday 11 June 2014
Deadline for applications: Friday 15 August 2014
Interviews: Late September/early October 2014
Fellow start date: late October 2014 to early 2015

Shortlisting decisions will be made based on the scientific excellence of the candidates and their match with their chosen project.

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If you have questions about the application process please contact

Research projects

Details of the research projects available are below. Candidates may only apply to work on one of the projects.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship projects, please contact the appropriate Group Leader; contact details can be found in the project outline documents.


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