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Students sought for prestigious international competition

This summer Newcastle University will again be entering a team of students into the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition.

The competition gives you the chance to work in a multidisciplinary team to design, manage and execute your own research project.

Looking for a multidisciplinary team

Many different disciplines are interested in iGEM and the field of synthetic biology. The competition is not restricted to those studying Biology.

Previous teams have involved students from Physics, Computing Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, English and Psychology. We are once again looking to build a multidisciplinary team. Last year our cross-faculty team was awarded a gold medal, you can read more about their success and the competition here.

Applications are therefore strongly encouraged from all disciplines, including those not studying science or engineering disciplines. 

Open session for recruiting

There will be an open session to the competition on Wednesday 28 February, in Ridley Building 2 Room 1.57, between 13:00 and 14:00, to which all interested students are invited.

The session will give further details about synthetic biology and the iGEM competition.

You will have an opportunity to meet the supervisory team, past team members and ask questions. 

Eligibility to join the team

The eligibility requirements are that:

  • places are open to first or second years, as well as those at Stage 3 of a four-year degree (i.e. you cannot be in your final year of study)
  • all disciplines welcome
  • you should have achieved an average of 65% or greater in your degree to date
  • you must be able to commit to a full summer of work, including some time during Semester 1 (academic year 2018/2019), leading up to the iGEM Finals in Boston, USA. 

Pay and resources

Students are typically paid £1,800 over the summer.

We supply funding for lab-ware, consumables costs and any relevant travel and accommodation for iGEM meet-ups, including the final in Boston. 

How to apply

Applications must be received by 2pm on Monday 5 March to the following email address: 

To apply, you will need to submit a cover letter, explaining why you are interested in taking part in the iGEM competition and a 2-page CV. 

Please contact if you have any further questions and cannot attend the drop-in session on the 28 February.

Find out more about iGEM

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published on: 15 February 2018