Mission: EMBL was set up in order to promote molecular biology across Europe, and to create a centre of excellence for Europe's leading young molecular biologists.
I have been working at EMBL full-time (More than 3 years)
-Good social security system
-Motivating environment and great scientific facilities
-Loads of conferences and courses in vicinity
-Odd working hours, although not forced upon you
-Not easy to leave academics
I applied in-person. I interviewed at EMBL (Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)) in July 2017.
I am a physicist. I applied to cell biology and biophysics unit. Every year, there are about 2000 applications, out of which about 150 are called in for interview and about 50 are selected finally as PhD students on an average. After I was screened in from the application process, I was called in for an interview. Interview is divided into 2 parts. First is Initial assessment, in which there are 4-5 Profs from each unit (Developmental Biology, Structural Biology, etc) assess the student on the basis of their background and also out of their expertise. Being a physicist, I was expecting more Physics questions, but there were lot of Biology questions related to gene expression, DNA basics, Transcription, Mitochondria and ETC, Microscopy, etc. Then there are one-on-one interviews with different profs where we have to impress them so that they take us as their PhD students.
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