Welcome to the EMBL Interdisciplinary Postdocs (EIPOD) initiative.

The EIPOD programme underlines EMBL’s strong commitment to promoting interdisciplinary research. The institution has a long-standing tradition of scientific excellence that builds on highly interactive research between the group leaders of different research units. EIPOD projects capitalise on synergies emerging at the borders of overlapping yet separate scientific fields, and involve transferring techniques to a novel context. The programme is open to all nationalities and offers about 20 positions annually.

Features of the positions include

  • Funding for cross-disciplinary projects
  • Three years' of secure funding
  • Generous health care benefits and pension access
  • Development of a project proposal forms the basis for recruitment
  • Additional partners from academia, industry, clinics and museums are welcome

EIPOD has two EC funded projects:

i) EIPOD4 (recruiting in 2020). For an overview of the EIPOD4 programme and application details please click here.

ii) EI3POD (active but no longer recruiting). For an overview of the EI3POD programme please click here.

Contact details

Brenda Stride, Postdoctoral Programme Manager

Rachel Coulthard-Graf, Career Development Advisor

EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel: +49 6221 387-8329

Email: eipod@embl.org

EIPODs will join the EMBL Postdoctoral Programme with its broad range of advanced training and career development opportunities.

An overview of other positions within the EMBL Postdoctoral Programme can be accessed here.


EI3POD and EIPOD 4 have received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation

programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreements 664726 and 847543 respectively.