Career Day

Organised by EICAT (PhD and Postdoctoral Programmes) together with EMBLEM, the long-standing annual EMBL Career Day provides an overview of non-academic career possibilities for scientists from all EMBL sites and the local scientific community. 

A new event, the EMBL Academic Career Day, was also planned for 2020.

In 2020, these events have been converted into a webinar series covering both academic and non-academic careers.

After each webinar, there will also be meet the speaker sessions (12:10-12:30 or 12:35-12:55) so that participants can meet the speakers in small groups and ask additional questions in an informal atmosphere. Places in these sessions are limited - and are allocated to participants a few days before the webinar.

Upcoming webinars

  • Careers in science communication | 30 Oct 11:00-12:00 CET | register
    • Speakers: Lucas Sanchez, Scienseed, Spain; Sophie Lutter, OXGENE, UK -  See further details below
  • Applying to postdoc fellowships | 13 Nov 11:00-12:00 CET | register
    • Panelists: Ina Huppertz, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany; Barbara Pauly, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP); Luca Scorrano, Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine. Chaired by EMBL Grants Services.
  • Careers in science policy and administration | 27 Nov 11:00-12:00 CET  | register
    • Speakers: Nadia El-Mjiyad, European Research Council, Belgium; James Morris, Science Europe, Belgium
  • Applying to group leader positions | 4 Dec  11:00-12:00 CET | register
    • Panelists: Mónica Bettencourt-Dias, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal; Jason Chin, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, UK; Patrick Meraldi, Université de Genève, Switzerland


EMBL Careers Webinars are free of charge and open to participants from EMBL and from other institutions. All participants must register for each webinar. Please see the links above to register for upcoming webinars (registration for autumn webinars will open closer to the time).

Next webinar: Non-PI tracks in academic research | 16 Oct 11:00-12:00 CEST| 

Our fifth webinar is aimed at early career researchers who would like to stay closely linked to academic research, but not necessarily as a research group leader. In this webinar, we invited three scientists working in staff roles in research institutes and infrastructures, to share their career paths. To watch this webinar, please register.

Lucas Sanchez is co-founder and Director of Scienseed, a multidisciplinary agency that brings together experts in different fields of science, arts and technology for the translation of complex knowledge into communication actions. Before co-founding Scienseed, he wrote for various newspapers and collaborated in science communication training activities at several Spanish universities and research centres. Lucas' scientific background is in immunology and virology, and he spent 10-years as a researcher mainly at National Centre for Biotechnology (Madrid, Spain) and the Yale University School of Medicine (Connecticut, USA).


Sophie Lutter is Scientific Communications and Marketing Manager at OXGENE, a biotechnology company specialising in technologies and services that accelerate the discovery and development of new cell and gene therapies. Her role involves oversight of all the company's communications activities, ranging from the strategic: developing the company's communications strategy and key messages, to the hands on: budget management, content creation, PR and social media management. Prior to that, she spent six years in the communications team at Prostate Cancer UK, where she was responsible for planning and delivery of strategic research communications with the twin aims of supporting the charity's investments in cutting edge research and using the existing research portfolio to grow the charity's income.

Previous webinars

  • Non-PI tracks in academic research | 16 Oct 11:00-12:00 CEST| register
    • Speakers: Philippe Bun, INSERM / Institut of Pyschiatry and Neurosciences of Paris (IPNP), France; Selina Storm, Diamond Light Source, UK; Yasemin Türkyilmaz-van der Velden, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Careers in technology transfer and intellectual property | 25 Sep
    • Speakers: Alexandra Esteras-Chopo, LifeArc, UK; Jonathan Rameseder, Patent Examiner, European Patent Office, NL
  • How to choose a postdoc position | 11 Sep
    • Panelists: Mariana De Niz, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal; Kristina Havas-Cavalletti, IFOM, Italy; Brooke Morriswood, University of Würzburg, Germany.
  • Making the transition to a group leader role | 24 July
    • Panelists: Sophie Acton, MRC LMCB, UK; Maria Bernabeu, EMBL, Spain; Sebastian Waszak, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM)
  • Careers in pharma & biotech R&D | 3 July
    • Speakers: Tamara Maes, Oryzon Genomics, Spain & Iris Valtingojer, Sanofi, France