Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship – Returning to Science

United Kingdom
Posted 11 months ago

Do you want to help us improve human health and understand life on Earth? Make your mark by shaping the future to enable or deliver life-changing science to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Are you a Scientist looking to return to research after a career break?

Our Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship is now open for applications.

About the Fellowship:

The Janet Thornton Fellowship is open to scientists who:

  • Have a minimum of 12 months break from scientific research, for any reason*
  • have at least one years’ postdoctoral research experience
  • will be able to start within 6 months of being offered the role
  • Are not currently working in a scientific research role

*Our Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship is aimed at those that have taken career breaks for any reason (for example, caring for dependants, ill health or if your career has been negatively impacted by COVID-19).


You will paid in line with our Postdoctoral Fellow pay scale (£35,707- £44,712 in 2023), dependent on skills and experience. The Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship also includes research consumables of up to £18,000 per annum, dependent on the nature of the project and a budget of £1,500 per annum for you to attend conferences and training.

Start date:

There is flexibility with the start date, but you should be able to start within 6 months of being the offered the role. The Fellowship runs for 3 years and can be worked full-time, part-time or flexibly.

Application Process:

Stage 1 – Submit your CV and answer the eligibility questions in the application form by clicking apply below.

Stage 2 – Complete a Narrative CV and select a project outline you would like to apply to, or please state if there is a member of Faculty you are interested in working with.

Stage 3 – Interviews will take place on the 11th and 14th December 2023.

Closing Date for applications: 13th October 2023

Essential skills:

  • PhD in a relevant subject area (or equivalent)
  • Motivation and ambition to make a personal contribution to GRL research
  • Team player with the ability to work with others in a collegiate and collaborative environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and results to collaborators and present orally groups
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with wide range of persons of differing levels, abilities and knowledge
  • Ability to effectively prioritise, multi-task and work independently
  • Detailed orientated, strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrates inclusivity and respect for all

Joining us as Postdoctoral Fellow:

You will be part of a vibrant international Postdoctoral Fellow community at the Sanger Institute with a wide programme of transferable skills training and excellent career development opportunities. We are committed to:

  • Providing an enriching and respectful research environment so you can focus on and enjoy your work
  • Mentoring you and providing opportunities for you to network across the genomics scientific community

For more information about being a Postdoctoral Fellow – please visit: https://youtu.be/1-vxm2nBmFA

Last year, we launched a Research Support scheme for our Postdoctoral Fellow researchers returning after extended leave. You can find out more about the scheme here.

Your Career Development:

Our Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellowship is a comprehensive opportunity to return to research, with the aforementioned additional funding to further your science. There are also learning and development opportunities to support you in your career such as management in action training, coaching and building impact and influencing others. Our former Janet Thornton Postdoctoral Fellows have transferred to new roles internally or accepted positions externally to progress their careers. You can find out more here.

Working at Wellcome Sanger:

Our flexible-hybrid working environment is designed to support a healthy work-life balance. This means you can work flexibly with a combination of working from home, and working from our Campus to allow you to focus on being productive and part of the team while enjoying the benefits of working flexibly.

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.

We want our people to be whoever they want to be because we believe people who bring their best selves to work, do their best work. That’s why we’re committed to creating a truly inclusive culture at Sanger Institute. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

Our Benefits:

We are proud to deliver an awarding campus-wide employee wellbeing strategy and programme. The importance of good health and adopting a healthier lifestyle and the commitment to reduce work-related stress is strongly acknowledged and recognised at Sanger Institute.

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