General training and development

To improve their professional profiles, EMBL employees are encouraged to participate in a variety of language, IT and career development courses as part of the Laboratory's General Training and Development Programme.

The Programme provides scientists and non-scientists alike with the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills relevant to their work at, and their career beyond, EMBL.

Courses are offered at all EMBL sites, making it possible to fit training into a busy work schedule.

Training for new group leaders

New group leaders are required to participate in management and leadership development courses within their first year at EMBL, where possible. Given the availability of courses it may not be possible for a new group leader to achieve this within their first year, but they should have at least registered for a course within their first year.

The courses are part of EMBL's General Training and Development Programme and have been developed to provide participants with an introduction to the key concepts of management and the fundamental techniques that will enhance a team's productivity and efficiency, and optimise a participant's leadership potential. In addition to the compulsory management and leadership courses there are also a range of courses available designed to develop personal, communication, project management, and computing skills.

Language tuition

EMBL will reimburse 75% of language course tuition fees during the first three years of employment up to a maximum limit. Some language courses are provided on site.