January 12th, 2015 | Category: iGEM, Synthetic Biology | Leave a comment

Exeter iGEM 2015 Recruitment

It’s that time of year again…

This year the University of Exeter will again be entering a team into the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition:

Once again we will be assembling a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate researchers. Previous teams (here, here and here) have included Physicists, Engineers, Mathematicians, Computer Scientists, Psychologists and of course Biologists.

As a team, your task will be to design, develop and manage your own research project to build a genetically engineered device of your own. Here is a great introduction to Synthetic Biology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD5uNAMbDaQ.

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate, from any discipline, not currently in their final year of study.

What will you get? 

£1800 towards the cost of staying in Exeter over the summer,
Access to the University’s research facilities and expertise,
A generous research budget,
Travel to UK iGEM meet-ups,
Travel to Boston USA to represent yourselves, your research and your university on an international stage,
The opportunity for iGEM glory,
and of course the chance to be part of a multidisciplinary undergraduate research project of your own devising.

What we expect: You will need to commit to spending the summer of 2015 building both an effective team and an amazing project.

To apply you will need to send to me (T.P.Howard at exeter.ac.uk) by 5pm on Wednesday 21st January the following:

1. A cover letter indicating why you are interested in taking part in iGEM, what you find interesting about synthetic biology and how you can contribute to the team’s success.

2. A CV.

3. The name of your personal tutor – we will approach them for a reference.

PLEASE put ‘iGEM2015 application’ in the subject line or your application may got lost.

For further information we will be holding an Open Meeting at 1pm on Wednesday 14th January in Peter Chalk 2.2. Please feel free to drop by to find out more and raise any questions you may have.

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