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 worked at EMBL full-time (More than 3 years)
Very collaborative and open science, access to resources is great.
Stellar speakers come in for seminars or conferences all the time, and all staff members have access to those.
People are very friendly and approachable, very international environment. Very good compensation at all levels.
Some positions can be influenced with egos and politics.
Generally high pressure environment.
Advice to Management
Leadership skills workshops are not useful if they are not applied in practice within individual labs. More work needs to be done in that area to protect early-stage scientists.
I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at EMBL (Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)) in July 2016.
The first step is an online application, which covers basically every aspect of your scientific career so far, and your prospects on it. Then you hear about its results in approx. one month. If you get called for the interviews, these would in another 2 months away.
For the first day of the in-campus interviews, you would participate in the initial assessment admission (IAA) panel exam. In essence it's 5 group leaders in a room, where each of the candidates go in alone and get asked questions. For this, they first ask you about a project you did before, and then they build up from that basic molecular biology questions. For instance, I was asked 'What is DNA?', and then I was asked about the nucleosome structures, why I think there was no uracil in DNA, how many molecules of water there were in a bottle of water next to a group leader etc. It is pretty random, but nothing extremely hard. They're nice people in general.
The second/third days are reserved for one-on-one interviews with group leaders, where you try to convince them you're a good fit for their lab and an intelligent human being. You should also visit the labs to talk with the people.
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