Team:Queens Canada/Intro/Hiring


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What is QGEM?

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team at Queen's University is called QGEM, composed of a group of undergraduate students from Kingston, Canada.

Are you looking for a sumer job? If you’re interested in a new field called synthetic biology, then the Queen’s Genetic Engineered Machine Team (QGEM) is looking for you! QGEM combines engineering principles with biology to design a system that is capable of performing a programmed function, with applications ranging from medicine to industry.

Learn more about: iGEM, QGEM's 2011 Project, or synthetic biology.

Winter Info Night Session
Come out to the QGEM 2012 Info Session, held on Monday, January 23, from 7:00-0:00PM. Here, past members of QGEM will give a presentation outlining synthetic biology, iGEM and the opportunities presented by QGEM.

How to Apply

Paid & Volunteer Positions
To apply to work or volunteer with the team, apply through the Queen's SWEP application service. This year four paid positions are available. The Job ID # is: 41802. Applications for work during summer 2012 are due Feb 15th 2012.

Volunteer positions will be assessed through the same process.

QGEM Executive Positions
The executive team works during the winter semester to recruit, train and prepare the summer team members for the upcoming iGEM season. Click here to download the application form.

Important Deadlines
January 27, 2012- Executive Applications Due
February 15, 2012- SWEP (Paid & Volunteer) Applications Due

Useful Documents

The following is a collection of documents that offer some background information on the field of synthetic biology and iGEM. These may be of interest to you if you are curious about iGEM or synthetic biology (explore 2011 Wiki for more information), or are considering applying to work on the QGEM team.

BioBrick Standard
The entire iGEM experience hinges on students having the ability to perform genetic modification of cells as easily and expediently as possible. To make this possible, the BioBrick Standard system was devised by the founders of iGEM, and all teams adhere to this system. This document outlines the system and how it works.

iGEM '11 Project Abstracts
Included in each project listed is the project title, the institution or university that the team worked at, the division of iGEM that the project was entered in and the project's abstract. If you find any projects of particular interest, you can use this information to find the team's wiki (a page created by the team, which describes their project in considerable detail) on

QGEM 2011 Recruitment Presentation
This is the PowerPoint that was given at the information session last year. The presentation itself may not make a ton of sense if you missed the session, but in any case, there are some helpful links at the end.

Hired Team Education (2010)
This is the Powerpoint presentation that was given at the first training session (Mar 9-10, 2010). Contains a brief summary of Replication, Transcription, and Translation, as well as basic information on lab thinking, the IGEM competition, and IGEM judging criteria. Four past projects are discussed. Ignore the indicated team leadership, as it has changed.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information, please don't hesitate to contact the Hiring Team or Coordinators:

Kristina Collavino
Allister Smith