ARISE Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists Programme Open for Applications

The ARISE programme offers fellowships for technology developers and engineers to advance technology and method development in the life sciences and learn how to lead service providing research infrastructures.

The ARISE fellowship programme is accepting applications to enable experienced professionals with a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to advance technology development and service provision in the life sciences and receive training to become future leaders in life science research infrastructures.

Between 2020 and 2025, ARISE will award 62 three-year fellowships to talented technology experts, helping them prepare for future careers in research infrastructures. The programme is co-funded by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European Commission’s Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND) programme.

Fellows will join one of six different EMBL groups and teams that are developing technologies and providing service to life science community (located in Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton, or Rome). They will spend the majority of their time working on their choice of technology development, and are required to match their interests with the specialisms of the EMBL group they wish to join before applying for the fellowship. Full details of the specific fields of all groups are available here.

In addition to their work, fellows will improve their technology development skills, broaden the understanding of life sciences and learn how to provide service and manage service providing infrastructures. They will also be offered courses and secondments at EMBL or ARISE partner organisations throughout the three years of the fellowship.

After successfully finishing their training, fellows are expected to take positions as senior scientists or leaders in core facilities, research infrastructures, or technology development groups in academia, industry, healthcare, or other sectors.

The programme is open to experienced STEM professionals from academia or industry anywhere in the world. There is no age restriction. A PhD is not compulsory.

Applicants must have:

  • At least four years of experience in technology/method development and research (full time equivalent), in academia or industry, after their last degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD in the country in which the degree was issued (years spent on a PhD count towards the required four years of experience).
  • High level of skills comparable to the level of the postdoctoral candidate, relevant to the fields of ARISE hosting groups.
  • Initial experience with technology development related to service provision.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (comparable to the C level/proficient English user).
  • Demonstrably strong scientific potential.

Fellows will be employed by EMBL for three years and will receive a contract consisting of a: competitive monthly salary; social security contribution; family allowance for fellows in unions, and child allowance; and funds to support travel to secondments at ARISE partner organisations and conferences.

Applications should be submitted by the 30 November 2021 (23:59 CET) deadline.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)