2015 EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EI3POD) Fellowship Programme

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Application Deadline: September 10th 2015

The EI3POD programme offers an opportunity for fellows to carry out interdisiplinary research in the context of inter-institutional or inter-sectorial collaborations.

Each year,  EMBL and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions will fund about 20 EIPOD positions involving at least two research groups, preferably located in different units. Each project will have one scientific supervisor from EMBL who will officially host the EIPOD, but all projects will involve extensive collaboration with the EMBL partner lab(s).


Fellows who take part in the EI3POD programme are supported by a dedicated career advisor and complete a series of training activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The EIPOD fellowship programme is open to all nationalities, the only criteria being scientific excellence and interdisciplinarity.
  • You must have your PhD (or 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience) before you can start your EIPOD position.
  • EBML welcome applications from scientists who are currently doing postdoctoral research at another institution.
  • Postdocs at EMBL are also eligible to apply provided that previous affiliation with EMBL does not exceed 12 months in the last three years prior to the submission deadline.

Ideal Candidates

  • Interdisciplinarity is the basis of the EIPOD fellowship programme. As such we welcome applications from highly motivated fellows interested in moving into a new area of research.
  • It is envisaged that fellows bring their specific skill sets to an EIPOD project and benefit from acquiring a new set of skills.
  • Many EIPOD research projects involve groups located at different EMBL sites.
  • Additional external partners from academia and industry are also welcome. As such mobility is an asset.
  • EBML recruit EIPOD fellows from a wide range of backgrounds including, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science and bioinformatics.
  • Interdisciplinarity is an important strength of research at EMBL and as such we welcome fellows interested in moving into a new area of research.


All applicants apply with their own interdisciplinary research projects. They can choose one of the three available specialisation pathways already at the application stage or, if successful with the application, during the first 18 months of the fellowship.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to get directly in contact with their EMBL supervisor of choice while developing the project proposal and prior to submission.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EI3POD) Fellowship Programme

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