Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellow

Grade PDF Salary per annum £33,272-£41,709 Full Time/ Part Time/Flexible Working Contract Type Fixed Term Contract Length 3 years Closing Date 15 July 2022 Job Reference 84860

Looking to return to Science after a career break? 

We have an opportunity for you.

Our Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship is aimed at those who have had a planned or unplanned career break, or time out of scientific research, for example caring for dependants, ill health or if your career has been negatively impacted by COVID-19). We have projects that are focused on wet lab and dry lab computational work.

What's included?

This Postdoctoral Fellowship is for a duration of three years, can be worked full time, part time or flexibly at the Sanger Institute on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge and includes:

  • Salary currently  - £33,272-£41,709
  • Research expenses, including generous consumables and travel costs for conferences and training courses
  • Access to training and support resources from across the organisation
  • Access to the University of Cambridge Careers Service
  • Generous and flexible benefits


The Janet Thornton Fellowship is open to scientists who: 

  • have had a break from scientific research, of 12 continuous months or more, for any reason
  • are not currently working in scientific research
  • have at least one years' postdoctoral experience
  • will be able to start within 6 months of being offered the role

If you have any questions around eligibility for the fellowship please contact Saher Ahmed.

Application Process:

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants applying to one of these broad projects.  You are encouraged to make contact with the named supervisor.

Please provide: 

  • a current CV
  • the names of two referees
  • Application Form

 For full details and role criteria please download the job description.

Our open approach

We aim to attract, recruit, retain and develop talent from the widest possible talent pool, thereby gaining insight and access to different markets to generate a greater impact on the world. We have a supportive culture with the following staff networks, LGBTQ+, Parents and Carers and Race Equity to bring people together to share experiences, offer specific support and development opportunities and raise awareness. The networks are also a place for allies to provide support to others.

Please see video below and visit meet our people for more details on what it is like to work with us.


Other information

Application Process and Deadlines

Q and A - 20th June - We will be hosting a Q and A - an opportunity for you to find out more about the Fellowship, recruitment process, chat to current Postdoctoral Fellows. Please contact us for the Zoom link.

Friday 15 July 2022 – Application deadline

July - September 2022 – Shortlisted candidates will be invited to work with Wellcome Sanger Institute research lead to co-develop and bespoke the project proposal

November 2022 – Interviews
The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with Wellcome Sanger Institute staff. Candidates will be asked to give a presentation and answer questions on their previous research and the developed project proposal (via Zoom). This will be followed by a Q&A-style competency-based interview with the panel.

All candidates, including those unsuccessful at this stage, will receive feedback and will have the opportunity to receive mentorship and support from members Faculty.

January 2023 – Start of the Fellowship

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