Janet Thornton 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 welcome applications to the Janet Thornton fellowship, which is a postdoctoral level fellowship aimed at those who have been out of science for a minimum of 12 months.

The application process for the 2016 scheme is now open.
The deadline for applications is 7 September 2015.

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 applications being linked to specific projects defined by Faculty members at the Institute, or applicants can suggest their own project with prior agreement and in collaboration with a Sanger 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.

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 £30,202 - £37,860 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
  • Generous benefits

One Sanger 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

Eligibility

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 apply to work on one of a range of projects put forward by the Institute, or applicants can suggest their own project (maximum number of words: 1000) in collaboration with a Sanger Faculty member. 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 November 2015 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.

For self-proposed projects, candidates will also be asked to provide the description of the project (maximum number of words: 1000) and the Faculty sponsor name.

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

Key dates for application process:

Call opens: 29 June 2015
Deadline for applications: 7 September 2015
Candidate interviews: November 2015

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

Research projects

Details of the research projects available are below. Candidates may only apply to work on one of the projects. Alternatively, applicants can suggest their own project with prior agreement and in collaboration with a Sanger Faculty member.

Contact

Contact

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

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