ARISE Fellowships Programme for Talented Experts, EMBL, Germany

Designation/Position-  ARISE award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts to develop new technologies.

EMBL, Germany invites application for ARISE Fellowships Programme to talented technology experts to for eligible and interested candidates

About- ARISE is the first fellowship programme of its kind that is training technology developers to become highly educated research infrastructure scientists. After successfully finishing their training, it is expect fellows to take positions as senior scientists or leaders in core facilities, research infrastructures, or technology development groups in academia, industry, healthcare, or other sectors. ARISE Fellowships Programme

Research/Job- Area- Development of novel technologies- broadly come in the fields of data sciences and bioinformartics, mechanical engineering, optical engineering and imaging and biotechnology

Location- Germany 


The ARISE programme is open to experienced STEM professionals from around the world, from all countries and without age restriction.

To join ARISE programme, you need to have

  1. at least 4 years of experience in technology/method development and research (full time equivalent), in academia or industry, after your last degree that would formally qualify you to enter a PhD in the country in which the degree was issued. Years spent on a PhD count towards the required four years of experience.
  2. high level of skills comparable to the level of the postdoctoral candidate, relevant to the fields of ARISE hosting groups
  3. initial experience with technology development related to service provision.
  4. fluency in written and spoken English (comparable to the C level/ proficient English user).
  5. strong scientific potential that can be proved through at least one of the following types of evidence:
    • scientific publications, scientific software, unique or problematic datasets, technical documentation, or similar that you have produced.
    • contributions to patents.
    • experience in management of technology development projects.
    • detailed descriptions of any other innovative research you have performed, and your achievements.
    • any other activities that demonstrate experience relevant to technology development and scientific services.

Further, based on the MSCA mobility rule 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 *.

Job/Position Description- 

As an ARISE Fellow, you will spend most of your time at EMBL working on technology development. You will establish connections with experts working at ARISE partner organisations. This will help you understand the science of your future users of your technology, and how to make it broadly usable.

Between 2020 and 2025, ARISE will award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts, helping them prepare for future careers in research infrastructures.

  • Three years to work on the techdev project of your interest
  • Collaborate with ARISE partner organisations
  • Improve understanding of life sciences though internal seminars, courses and confereces

Preparation of applications

  • Talk to ARISE hosting groups of your interest about the future and current work in their group.
  • Based on this conversation, prepare a short project proposal for the technology or method development that you would like to do.

Evaluation of your application

The selection of fellows is based purely on merit, concretely based on

  • the professional excellence of the applicant, your previous achievements and impact you made on your filed of work
  • the excellence of the proposed project, it’s quality and novelty and fit with the team of the host and eventual secondment host
  • potential of the proposed project to be included in the service offers of the RIs and what would be the expected impact of such service

How to Apply- 

To submit your application you will need to

  • fill in the application form in advance – close to the call opening you can download it here.
  • write the project proposal in advance – proposal template will also be put live closer to the application deadline.
  • organize at least 2 reference letters to be sent to us
  • upload the application form and the project proposal as pdfs to our online application portal.

Preparation of the project proposal

You should independently prepare and submit an original technology development proposal (up to four pages). It should be relevant to the field of work of the group(s) that  you wish to join. 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. The proposed project should not be of local interest only, but should have sufficient potential for international transfer.

Before you plan the proposal, you should select one or more EMBL groups which you would like to join. You should contact them to get an overview of their field of work and of current and future activities in these groups or teams. They are looking forward to your email.

Important documents:

Timeline of ARISE Fellowship

Last Date for Apply– 30 November 2021

Applications open1 September 2021
Deadline for submission of application30 November 2021, 23:59 CET
Reference letters to reach us by12 December 2021
Interview datesEarly February 2022
Starting dateBetween mid February and mid August 2022

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