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Create and lead projects under the different topics in iGEM Community, managing a team of volunteers working together towards making your project a reality.

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Project Heads Goals

In iGEM Community we work to provide tools and resources that will help you create projects that are beneficial for iGEMers. With our topics, we seek to represent the different career paths followed within our community, and aim to generate opportunities focused in three main goals:

Discover and curate the resources which are produced by and benefit iGEMers

iGEM teams have produced a number of resources over the years and many have the potential to be showcased under our different topics. From manuals and introduction videos, to translated libraries of contents, we hope projects in iGEM Community can re-discover these materials and give them a new spotlight.

Connect individuals and promote networking around the different areas of interest

Our community is diverse, and you will find a number of different career paths followed by iGEMers. We aim so that iGEM Community can help flourish interest in different areas, also encouraging new career discoveries, all by fostering networking opportunities and other engaging projects.

Beyond different career-oriented topics, synthetic biology can also be present and intersect with many new and exciting fields. Our iGEM Community has the potential to bring these areas forward with new projects, engaging our community to lead the growth and future of synbio.

Check previous projects developed by iGEM Community.

Position & Details

Project Heads are expected to be leaders of the specific projects under different topics and the main contact point for any matters.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Organize and attend meetings, and other working sessions when necessary
  • Act as the main point of contact and update the project progress regularly
  • Check on the team members and follow-up on their tasks
  • Frequent checking and regular communication on Slack and/or email
  • Assure the project progresses as planned, meeting important deadlines
  • Submit reflective documents at the end of the project
  • Estimated time commitment: 5 - 10 hours/week (flexible working hours)

Who can apply?

  • Any iGEMer (previous Competition participants, judges, Committee members, Community volunteers) that is not a 2023 iGEM Competition student member
  • Relevant previous work under the topic of interest will be a plus

What to expect from the experience?

  • Work and connect with an international team
  • Build projects that could make an impact on the community
  • Get support from iGEM and our community to realize your ideas
  • Gain team working, project management, and leadership experience for your own career
  • Possible travel support for attending conferences and activities
  • Certificate after concluding your project

Recruitment Process

The application process will involve two stages starting with an online written application, followed by an online interview (30-40 minutes) with selected candidates from the previous round. The applications will be assessed on a rolling basis till the deadline, so we suggest applying early.

All candidates accepted to be an iGEM Community Project Head, will go through a period (late November - early December) focused on developing their project proposals, and they are expected to be available for:

Bootcamp and Match-making

A day of activities where we will introduce previous iGEM Community projects and invite all Project Heads to share their ideas for continuing them or creating new projects. Those with similar ideas will be paired together and work on the initial stages of their project proposals.

Leadership Training

We will provide online content for all Project Heads to learn more and improve their leadership skills, already applying these concepts on their project proposals. This will help them figure out steps and anticipate their project flow for the upcoming year, before welcoming members.
After all project proposals are done, in early 2023, we will host a Pitch day inviting all community members to join. On this day, all Heads will present their proposals in a pitch format, inviting the audience to be part of their working groups and help make the project a reality. More details for each of these activities will be shared later with all accepted candidates.