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We are seeking energetic, creative and diverse researchers from around the world at all career stages to accelerate the protein design revolution. Located on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, our member labs have ready access to all the latest ideas, software and instruments. The IPD is an equal opportunity employer.

The 2022 application period has closed.

IPD Undergraduate Research Program (JUPITER)

JUPITER is a cohort-based research training program that introduces UW undergraduates to cutting-edge computational biology research. At the Institute for Protein Design, we are creating a new world of proteins to address modern challenges in medicine, energy, and technology. JUPITER trainees will work together to design proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences using a strategy developed by our scientists. These DNA-binding proteins may one day serve as transcription factors in synthetic gene circuits or tools for gene editing.

  • Trainees are expected to dedicate 10 hours per week for the duration of the program.
  • JUPITER is not a formal for-credit course, but participation in the program can be used as credit for BIOC499 (details in application page).
  • After completing the program, some students may continue at an advanced level, helping to mentor new incoming students.

Fall Quarter: Trainees will learn cutting-edge techniques and core concepts in protein design.

  • Become proficient in bash and python programming
  • Use industry-standard tools, including Foldit and RosettaScripts
  • Learn data analysis and visualization, including pandas, matplotlib, and pymol

Winter and Spring Quarters: Trainees will create new DNA-binding proteins with mentorship in a group setting by a team of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from the Institute for Protein Design.


To be eligible for the JUPITER program, you must be enrolled as a UW undergraduate and based on the Seattle campus for the duration of the program.

Compensation, Volunteer, or 499 Credit

Accepted candidates will either (i) register for BIOC 499 under Dr. Neil King as C/NC (Credit/No Credit) for two (2) credits, (ii) they will receive a need-based stipend (as determined by UW’s Financial Aid Office; see below), or (iii) they will sign up as volunteers. There will be up to three (3) need-based stipend awards available.

Applicants will be able to indicate on their application if they wish to be considered to receive one of the available stipends.

Questions? Email Dr. Pat Erickson at pwe@uw.edu

IPD Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows

In 2023 we will support several Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows. Students from underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply. All Fellows will conduct research in the laboratory of an IPD Faculty or Affiliate Faculty member: Dr. Baker, Dr. Bhardwaj, Dr. Bradley, Dr. DiMaio, Dr. Gu or Dr. King.

Program Eligibility

  • Current full-time undergraduate students at UW or elsewhere
  • Undergraduates must be finishing their Sophomore or Junior year (no post-bac, no grad students)
  • Interest in exploring either basic science or applied research in protein design
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program

Summer Internship – 2023 – Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Opens: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Program Notifications: TBD
  • Program Decision Due: TBD
  • Selected International Candidates VISIT Application Due: TBD
  • Program Dates: TBD

Funding and Duration Timing

A fellowship stipend of $3,000 per month (prorated for partial months) shall be awarded to support nine weeks of research at an average of 40 hours per week, to be completed from June through August, which covers the UW summer term. Funds will be disbursed directly into student accounts in equal installments for the duration of the internship, not to exceed three months. Students may decide to begin or end the program on different dates if it is deemed both necessary and mutually acceptable to all involved. 


We expect Fellows to also work with others in the IPD to conduct research. The exact weekly work schedule should be determined by the student and their mentor to meet the needs of the project (not to exceed 40 hours a week).

In addition to conducting research, Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows are expected to enroll in GEN ST 391 (a 2 credit course supported by the Undergraduate Research Program) and attend a weekly seminar. 

All Fellows are expected to present their work as a poster at the undergraduate research symposium in August, and to present their research as a PowerPoint in a ~15 minute presentation to an audience at the IPD.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to ipdoffice [at uw dot edu]


Q: Can I apply if I am not finishing my Sophomore or Junior year?

We prioritize applicants that are 1-2 years out from graduation.

Q: Can this be part-time?

A: No, this internship is meant to be an intensive research experience and requires ~40 hours/week of commitment for the entirety of the program.

Q: My reference letter has not been submitted by the deadline, can I still apply?

A: No, it is your responsibility to ensure your references are submitted by the deadline.

Q: Can you check if my reference was submitted?

A: No, you will need to log into your application and check.

Q: I am a community college student, am I eligible?

A:  Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply. PLEASE NOTE: if selected to participate in the program, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency. Do not complete this step until notified of selection for participation in the program.

Have you taken the TOEFL or IELTS in the last two years?  If not, we will need to complete an English proficiency waiver for your application, the waiver requirements are below:

  1.                 Statement detailing why you should be exempt from this requirement. Only applicants who are confident they can demonstrate English proficiency above and beyond the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score will be considered. Please do not include reasons such as “I do not have enough time to take the TOEFL,” or “I do not want to pay to take the TOEFL again”. An exception will not be granted for these reasons. If you include these reasons, your request will be denied.
  2.                 Statement on letterhead from supervisor or academic advisor at your home university attesting to your English writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills with examples cited within the letter, such as classes taken in English or examinations taken in English.
  3.                 Interview with UW faculty supervisor documented by the supervisor on our VISIT/VISER Interview Form.
  4.                 As many of the following documents you can provide, the more you can provide, the better:
  •   TOEFL or IELTS test scores from tests taken more than two years ago
  •   Test scores from an alternative English proficiency test with the scoring criteria included so we can see how the alternative tests compare to the TOEFL or IELTS.
  •   Unofficial transcripts from English courses. Must be typed on university letterhead listing classes with grades. The more courses the better.
  •  If the working language at your home university is English, please provide an official letter from your university attesting to this and commenting on your proficiency in writing, reading, speaking, and listening abilities in English. 

We accept graduate student researchers from several departments and programs at the University of Washington. These include:

Biological Physics, Structure, and Design
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Genome Sciences
Molecular Engineering

To conduct research at the IPD as a graduate student, you must be enrolled on one of these programs. You may apply to more than one. Please contact the programs you are interested in directly to learn more.

Postdoctoral Scholar – Department of Biochemistry – Institute for Protein Design

The Department of Biochemistry in the University of Washington, School of Medicine has opportunities for one or more postdoctoral scholars to join the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) in Seattle. Click here to apply.

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is creating a new world of synthetic proteins to address 21st-century challenges in medicine, energy, and technology. The IPD is a unique interdisciplinary environment where world-class researchers with expertise in computing and software, biochemistry, genome sciences, biological structure, pharmacology, immunology and other basic science disciplines, as well as clinical medicine, work together to both computationally design and experimentally characterize novel biomolecules. Current projects include the design of novel therapeutics for cancer, neurological diseases, and more, as well as new vaccines, nanomaterials, and enzymes.

This is a full-time position with a 12-month service period, with the possibility for yearly renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding. The position will start as it becomes available and is open until filled.

Successful candidates will conduct research to computationally design and experimentally characterize novel biomolecules. Additional responsibilities include:

  1. Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  2. Participating in and contributing to regular lab meetings 
  3. Writing and publishing results in scientific journals
  4. Presenting research results to peers and at conferences
  5. Participating in professional development activities including DEI efforts

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or related biosciences, or Computer Science and related fields.  Review of applications begins July 16, 2022 and is ongoing thereafter.

Application Instructions

Please provide a cover letter, CV, research statement, and DEI statement.

Click here to apply.

Interested in joining the IPD as a new faculty member or administrative professional?

Please review the job postings on our Employment page.