Applications to join iGEM Public Policy and Bioethics Team

Applications are open to join the UW Public Policy and Bioethics Team for iGEM 2019: International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition!

iGEM is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancing and promoting the field of synthetic biology, an interdisciplinary branch combining engineering and biology to address research, engineering, and medical issues. Every year, iGEM holds an competition where teams from all over the world developing synthetic biology projects that can have a positive impact on their community and environment.


The UW iGEM team is looking for qualified and motivated undergraduates who want to get involved and gain experience in public policy and bioethics. The UW iGEM is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology. It encompasses education, an international competition, the development of an open community, and the collaboration of university students.

They are currently looking looking for first-year through third-year students who have experience within Bioethics, Public Policy, Bioengineering, English, research or any other relevant majors/activities. Duties includes communicating with stakeholders, receiving experience writing public policy initiatives, analyzing government bills, and presenting our findings to our community. Consequently, with changing international and domestic policies in synthetic biology, you will receive first-hand exposure to the obstacles and the ambiguity of the current legislation encompassing synthetic biology, while establishing innovative solutions.

If you are interested and want to know more about the positions available, please email your resume to Goda Lajauskaite, iGEM Integrated Human Practices Lead, at


  • You should be able to commit anywhere from 5-10 hours a week, reside in Seattle during the summer, and be able to work on the project until October 28, 2019.
  • Deadline to apply: May 31, 2019
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