ARISE Fellowships at EMBL in Germany

  • PHD, Master
  • Stipend
  • 31 January 2021

In the frame of ARISE (Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists) programme, EMBL is looking for experienced professionals with a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) eager to develop novel technologies for life sciences and get trained to operate life science research infrastructures of tomorrow.

Successful applicants will become ARISE Fellows and will receive a three-year Fellowship to:

  • work on method or technology development of their choice in various areas (from bioinformatics or engineering, see the full list below), towards service provision to external life science researchers and
  • get trained in operation and management of research infrastructures and service provision.

ARISE is the first Fellowship programme of its kind in Europe and is designed to train Fellows to become highly skilled leaders or senior staff at research infrastructures or other service providing facilities.

In addition, ARISE Fellows will gain broad understanding of life sciences, data management and FAIR data policies. The programme will also provide broad professional networking opportunities, raising awareness about technology and science developments, and the needs of the user community.

Each ARISE Fellow will be hosted by an EMBL group or team of their choice at one of EMBL's six sites (Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton, or Rome) and will do secondments at partner organisations from industry or academia. EMBL group and team leaders participating in ARISE, all have a track record in developing new methods and technologies, providing these as a service to external researchers, and applying them to answer novel scientific questions.

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Formal eligibility criteria

  1. A PhD degree itself is not required, but applicants must have at least four years of research experience with a high level of skills (postdoctoral standard), or must have expertise in a specialisation in which doctoral degrees are not usually awarded. Their degree and scientific experience should be in STEM fields, either in the academic or non-academic sectors, relevant to the research fields of EMBL research infrastructures and services. Years spent on a PhD count towards the required four years of experience.
  2. Researchers from all countries are eligible for the ARISE programme. However, it is not permitted for applicants to have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) at any of the EMBL sites for more than 12 months in the three years immediately preceding the call deadline (MSCA mobility rule)*. Applicants cannot already be permanently employed by EMBL.
  3. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English (comparable to the C level/Proficient English user).
  4. There is no age limit for applying to the fellowship programme. However, candidates’ achievements should align with their stage of education or work experience.

Academic eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants should independently prepare and submit an original research proposal (up to four pages) relevant to the field of work of the groups or teams they are interested in joining. The proposal should aim to develop new methods or technologies or to improve existing ones, which can then be applied to answer various scientific questions from life science researchers as part of a service, and which can be integrated into research infrastructures (see programme overview). The proposed project should not be of local interest only, but should have sufficient potential for international transfer. The proposal must follow European Commission ethical guidance. Applicants are required to contact the groups or teams of their choice before preparing their proposal, to get an overview of their field of work and of current activities in these groups or teams.
  2. Applicants should demonstrate initial experience in technology development related to service provision.
  3. Applicants should prove their scientific potential with at least one of the following types of evidence:
  • Scientific publications.
  • Scientific software, unique or problematic datasets, technical documentation, etc., that they have produced.
  • Contributions to patents.
  • Management of technology development projects.
  • Detailed descriptions of any other innovative research they have performed, and their achievements.
  • Other activities that demonstrate experience relevant to technology development and scientific services.
  1. Applicants should select one or more EMBL group or team leaders who are participating in ARISE, whose group or team they would be interested in joining.

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Applications should be submitted through the online application portal.

When completing the application form, applicants will need the following information and documents:

  • Statement of interest.
  • Statement of expertise in service provision and technology development.
  • List of EMBL groups or teams that are of interest to the applicant.
  • Names of one or more ARISE partner organisations where the applicant proposes to complete their long secondment. If applicants wish to propose additional organisations, they must contact the potential partner organisation in advance to ensure that this organisation has the capacity to host a secondment and can work in accordance with the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (the ARISE Programme Manager will provide all necessary forms and documents that should be - completed by the new organisation).
  • CV including the full list of publications and awards.
  • Other proofs of academic excellence.
  • Contact details of three referees.
  • Certificates (e.g. PhD certificate, MSc, BSc, or other relevant certificates).
  • Project Proposal including the ethics self-assessment (questionnaire provided in the project proposal template).

To prepare the project proposal, applicants should get in touch with the EMBL group or team leader whose group or team they would like to join.

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