What is iGEM?
iGEM or international Genetically Engineered Machine is the world’s largest and most prestigious competition in the field of synthetic biology. Each year, 350 university teams participate to combat global problems using synthetic biology. Besides the scientific research, teams are encouraged to thoroughly explore the problem they’re solving, engage their project stakeholders and educate local and global communities about synthetic biology. The iGEM KU Leuven team is an international and interdisciplinary team of students, who will work closely together with industry and academic experts to develop their own application. The final results will be presented for an international jury during the annual Giant Jamboree in Boston, US.
You are a bachelor or master student at KU Leuven with a strong scientific interest or background, eager to work in a multidisciplinary team of students. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and do not shy away from taking initiative. You are ready to translate your theoretical knowledge into practical experience and are willing to take on this challenge.
Throughout the project, the team is usually divided up into multiple sub-teams: Dry lab, Wet lab, Human Practices, PR and Communications, Wiki, Design, Legal and Finance. During the application process, you will be asked to indicate your preferred sub-team. The tasks listed below give a general indication of your tasks for the project duration. Keep in mind that collaborations between various sub-teams are possible and even necessary for a successful, cohesive iGEM project, hence you will not be limited to the tasks listed under a given position offer. If you would like to be the manager of a certain subteam, please specificy this in the application form. Keep in mind that when applying for a manager position, you are the final responsible for that specific project part.
Legal & Financial
PR & Communications