ARISE Fellowships Programme for Talented Experts, EMBL, Germany

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 62 three-year 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, we 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

Technology development, especially with the purpose of enriching service provision in the life sciences, is currently one of EMBL’s main strategic focuses. EMBL groups are developing technologies in imaging, chemical biology, computational modelling, microfluidics, robotics, X-ray optics, high-precision mechanics, data acquisition, automation, bioinformatics and software development, and integrated structural biology.

The ARISE programme is co-funded by EMBL and the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme – co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND).

Get a full overview of the ARISE Programme

Research/Job- Area-imaging, bioinformatics, structural biology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and (bio)chemical engineering

Location- Germany 


Formal eligibility criteria
  1. A Ph.D. degree is not required, but applicants must have at least four years of research experience with a high level of skills (postdoctoral standard) or have expertise in a specialization 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 Ph.D. count towards the required four years of experience.
  2. Researchers from all countries are eligible for the ARISE program. However, applicants have not been permitted to carry 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)*. EMBL cannot permanently employ applicants.

* Exceptions might be considered related to covid-19. If you need further explanations about mobility rule requirements and related exceptions due to the covid-19 outbreak, please contact the ARISE management team at

  1. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English (comparable to the C level/Proficient English user).
  2. 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 program 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

Job/Position Description- 

Between 2020 and 2025, ARISE will award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts to develop new technologies for the life sciences that can be included in the service offers of worldwide research infrastructures operating in the fields of imaging, bioinformatics, structural biology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and (bio)chemical engineering.
The ARISE programme is open to experienced STEM professionals from around the world, who have at least four years of experience in technology development in academia or industry, with initial experience in technology development for the purpose of service provision.

Available materials for Applicants

How to Apply- 

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 organizations where the applicant proposes to complete their long secondment. If applicants wish to propose additional organizations, they must contact the potential partner organization in advance to ensure that this organization has the capacity to host a secondment and can work following 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 organization).
  • CV, including the full list of publications and awards.
  • Other proofs of academic excellence.
  • Contact details of three referees.
  • Certificates (e.g., Ph.D. 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 would like to join.

Last Date for Apply–  

  • Collection of applications and first contact with EMBL group or team leaders: 1 December 2020 – 31 January 2021
  • Eligibility, feasibility, and ethics checks of submitted applications: February 2021
  • Independent evaluation of submitted applications: March 2021
  • Interviews, decisions, and offers: April 2021 (indicative date: week 12 – 16 April 2021)
  • Start of the fellowship: May 2021 or later if required.

For researchers at risk, who have been displaced by conflict or whose situation makes it difficult for them to pursue their careers, the Programme Manager can provide special support on a case-by-case basis (e.g., application by post where online application is not possible, or revision of eligibility criteria to take into consideration time when applicants had to suspend their research activities while seeking refugee status or to apply for 

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