Internships and projects

EMBL-EBI / Embassy of France in London Internships

In collaboration with the Embassy of France in London, we are offering a number of paid internships to computer-science, statistics and bioinformatics students who are working at the Masters level or equivalent or above at French universities or grandes écoles.

More information

If you are interested in gaining work experience or pursuing a research project in one of our groups, please contact the group leader directly.

These teams have indicated they are currently accepting trainees and interns. Other teams may also be, in either case, you should follow links to inquire with the team leader.

We regularly host interns across a broad range of biological and computational projects in the wider context of biomolecular networks.

For over a century, mice have been used to model human disease, leading to many fundamental discoveries about mammalian biology and the development of new therapies. Mouse genetics research has been further catalysed by a plethora of genomic resources developed in the last 20 years, including the genome sequence of C57BL/6J and more recently the first draft reference genomes for 16 additional laboratory strains. Collectively, the comparison of these genomes highlights the extreme diversity that exists at loci associated with the immune system, pathogen response, and key sensory functions, which form the foundation for dissecting phenotypic traits in vivo. The Keane group is interested in the structure, function, and mechanisms of gene regulation in the most diverse loci in the mouse genome. The selective pressures driving diversity and CNVs includes host-pathogen coevolution (e.g., red queen hypothesis), kin selection, mating preference, and even selective sweeps due to strong positive selection. Many of these genes have direct orthologs in the human genome and are therefore important for understanding health and disease, drug development, and vaccine development. We use a variety of comparative genomics tools and cutting edge sequencing technologies to discovery new genotype to phenotype associations. We offer internships of 2-5 months during the summer period for students that wish to gain practical experience in bioinformatics analysis and omic technologies. The deadline for receiving applications each year is 1st April, applications received before that date will be considered for the upcoming summer.

The Protein Function development team welcomes project proposals from Masters students, undergraduates and others with a passion for bioinformatics. We develop world leader resources like UniProt, the Gene Ontology Annotation and the Enzyme portal, which have become an integral part of the tools researchers use on a daily basis for their work. We also develop novel automated methods for protein annotation, enrichment and data analysis tools, and visual representations to enrich the public data archives that support life-science research.

We welcome applications from interested Masters and undergraduate students interested in the areas of gene expression.

We welcome Masters-level and undergraduate students who are interested in participating in pilot projects around data deposition and validation for structural biology.

Geek for a Week

Our 'Geek for a Week' scheme offers bioinformaticians the chance to work at EMBL-EBI for one intensive week. Participants arrange their own funding, accommodation and travel. If you’d like to give it a try, get in touch with one of the service team leaders listed on our People and Groups page. You will need to send them:

  • a letter stating why you would like to visit, what you hope to achieve, what special facilities you might require and how the visit would benefit your research;
  • your CV and contact information for two references.