Internships

Want to work with us?

We offer many opportunities for scientists at all career stages to collaborate with our staff and carry out research projects at EMBL-EBI. Many of our teams work with Masters students, undergraduates and others who share a passion for bioinformatics. Some also offer short-term placements such as internships. 

Internships and projects 

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

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Research groups accepting interns and trainees

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.

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.

Visiting groups

We welcome research collaborations of between two and five people who would like to conduct a project at EMBL-EBI. To apply, contact the group leader you would like to work with. 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;
  • For each member of the group, a CV and contact information for two references;
  • Dates of your intended visit, if known;
  • How you intend to fund the visit.

Funding

In exceptional circumstances, EMBL-EBI may be able to provide a small stipend, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis. In most cases we are not able to offer financial support for short-term visitors, but we do encourage applicants to apply to the European Molecular Biology Organization’s (EMBO) Short Term Fellowships for help covering a stay at EMBL-EBI under the standard EMBO conditions.

Applications for EMBO Short Term Fellowships need to be supported by an EMBL-EBI staff member and should be completed using the online application form. For more details about EMBO, visit the EMBO home page

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.