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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.

IPD Undergraduate Research Program (JUPITER)

The Institute for Protein Design at UW Medicine is excited to announce the 2022-23 JUPITER undergraduate research program will soon be accepting applications. 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.


To apply, submit a short statement of interest, resume, five-minute video describing a DNA-binding protein, and an unofficial transcript.

Application link will go live on May 31, 2022.

Open: May 31, 2022 through June 30, 2022

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

IPD Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows

In 2022 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 – 2022 – Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Opens: Feb 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2022
  • Program Notifications: Mar 11, 2022
  • Program Decision Due: Mar 14, 2022
  • Selected International Candidates VISIT Application Due: Mar 18, 2022
  • Program Dates: Jun 21, 2022 – Aug 19, 2022
The 2022 application period has closed.

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 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.

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 equivalent in biochemistry, chemistry, or related biosciences, or computer science and related fields completed before the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Please provide a cover letter stating interest and potential research topics with a CV to a PI.

Those invited to proceed to the next step will be required to provide three letters of recommendation.

We ask that you do not have more than 3 years of Postdoctoral Scholar experience when applying.

Interview Process

Those invited to proceed to the next step will be scheduled for a two day interview:

Your schedule will be structured as follows:

  • Talk: 10 AM on a Thursday.  Please plan to talk for 35 minutes.  Focus your talk on a single topic (30 minutes), and don’t feel compelled to explain everything you completed during your PhD.  Please also come prepared to talk about what you would be interested in working on if you did join the IPD (5 minutes). There will be 10 minutes for questions,  answers, and a discussion. Talks will be audio and video recorded and made accessible to lab members.
  • Virtual Meetings w/ Lab Members: Thursday and Friday whenever they get scheduled between 9 am -5 pm PST (time is flexible if applying from abroad).
  • 1:1 w/ PI: TBD on Friday
  • Virtual Lab Meeting: Baker Group 3PM Friday; King Group 3PM Thursday.

The following information will be required to be sent to ipdhr@uw.edu at least two weeks in advance of your talk to be shared with current lab members:

  • Talk Title
  • Abstract
  • Brief bio
  • Diversity Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432)

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

Please review the job postings on our Employment page.