Keen to return to a scientific career? Applications are open for the Janet Thornton Fellowship


17-06-2020

Have you had a career break from science, and would like to return? The Wellcome Sanger Institute has created a postdoctoral fellowship specifically for people who have been out of scientific research for 12 months or more.

The Institute writes:

We understand that even a short time out of research can have an impact on your career, which is why we have created a postdoctoral fellowship providing an additional opportunity specifically for those who have been out of scientific research for 12 months or more to return to high-quality postdoctoral training. One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Each Fellowship will last for three years and can be worked full time, part time or flexibly.

Fellowships will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants applying to one of the broad project outlines listed below. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the named supervisor.

While the Sanger Institute provides the opportunity in its recruitment processes for job applicants to declare career breaks (taken for any reason) so that they can be taken into account when assessing applications for all roles, particularly in relation to the potential impact of time out on individuals’ scientific and career outputs, this fellowship will be open exclusively to those who have taken a career break of 12 months or more.

Eligibility Criteria

  •     Minimum of 12 months break from scientific research, for any reason
  •     At least one year’s postdoctoral research experience
  •     Not currently working in a scientific research role
  •     Applicants must start the Fellowship within 6 months of being offered the position.

Application process

One Fellowship per year will be awarded after a competitive selection process, with applicants applying to the broad project outlines defined below.

Applications are made via our recruitment process and applicants are asked to provide:

  •     a covering letter
  •     a current CV
  •     the names of two referees
  •     the project they are applying to
  •     the reason(s) for their break from scientific research
  •     a career development plan.

Deadline

The deadline for initial applications to the project outline is Friday 10 July 2020.

The project Faculty lead will then work with one selected candidate to further develop the proposal, with a deadline of Friday 18 September 2020 for final submission.

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