One of the cornerstones of EMBL's mission is to provide advanced training at all levels. As such career development is an important aspect of the postdoctoral experience at EMBL and multiple resources are available to support postdocs during their time at EMBL and to help prepare them for the next step in their careers. 

Postdoctoral Office

The EMBL Postdoctoral Programme is actively involved in organising networking and training events for postdocs and early stage researchers. Besides the Postdoctoral Retreat and social get togethers, the Programme offers various workshops (e.g. Preparing for the Academic Job Market). 

Second Mentorship Programme

Second Mentorship Programme

The aims of the Second Mentorship programme are:

  • to enhance interactions between postdoctoral fellows and EMBL faculty
  • to provide postdoctoral fellows with additional advice on the design and implementation of their research projects
  • to evaluate progress
  • to assist with career and personal development

EMBL Fellows' Career Service

The EMBL Fellows’ Career Service aims to support predocs and postdocs across all sites in the planning of their professional future. It offers individual career guidance, a job application clinic, a wide range of resources, and workshops and events - including the annual EMBL Career Day. Further details of the resources and events are available within EMBL here.

EMBL Complementary Scientific Skills Courses

EMBL’s Internal Scientific Training team organizes complementary scientific skills courses for researchers wishing to improve their complementary scientific skills, such as scientific writing, scientific presentations, and poster design.The list of upcoming courses and registration information is available within EMBL here.

EMBL Professional Training and Development Programme

The Professional Training and Development Programme provides EMBL staff and students with the relevant transferable skills for broadening their career perspectives.  On offer are courses varying from team building and project management to IT courses and language training. The courses are free of charge. The list of upcoming courses and registration information is available within EMBL here.

Continous Scientific Training

EMBL Seminar Series

EMBL runs a very active seminar programme involving internal participation at all levels from early stage researchers to faculty. 

EMBL also has the pleasure and honour of hosting top level scientists from around the world who come and share their research with us.  Postdocs are actively involved in deciding on the annual speaker list and in hosting the visits.

EMBL Courses and Conferences

The EMBL Advanced Training Center (ATC) located at EMBL Heidelberg hosts a large number of high quality international courses and conferences.

The EMBL Course and Conference Office makes available day passes free of charge to EMBL staff to attend many of these events.