Open source biology hub is currently being hosted at: https://opensourcebiology.eu/ and is being published as a test on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/opensourcebiology This was totally a hobby experiment but we are impressed at how good results are so we want to improve its algorythm and add some features to it (assigning watch roles to editors, expand dissemination scope, etc), possibly leading towards an open source biology interest group (we would include appropriate regulation bodies and universities). Currently we just need an outside person to take a fresh look at this and to come up with any ideas. We provide all the programming and technical skills + lobbying resources, we just need a bright person to lead us further. English literacy is required, also internet skills, and an overview of modern genetic experimentation techniques. Project could also be used as a scientific publication and we can arrange and finance that.
Where is the trainsheeship taking place?
It is taking place in country Slovenia (south east europe) in the city of Koper, learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koper
How will I find accomodation, a place to live?
Usually interns or other kind of erasmus participants get hosted in students dorm which costs about 150eur per month. Because of Covid we usually must find a place to quarantine for first 10 days which may increase cost up to 400eur (in worst case scenario). Anyhow, if you find accomodation yourself this is perfect.
Is time frame flexible and can traineeship be extended?
Sure but it depends on many factors so please provide your own wishes on arrival time and length and we will consider feasibility regarding accomodation, mentorship, a place to work, etc.
Can two friends apply to the same traineeship?
Yes, but both of you would have to apply to traineeships separately and obviosuly both of you would need to be accepted.
How much work will I be required to do?
Work load is flexible from one hour per day to 8 hours per day. If you want to do more work you will simply learn more and gain more experience. If you want 8 hours of work per day you should clarify that before signing the Learning Agreement because we will have to check your skills and your work ethics more carefully. We want to provide a good working environment for you and that is why we need to make careful consideration before agreeing to that.
What is working regime for a traineeship?
It is required to have two discussions with your mentor per day, one in the morning (anytime between 8AM and 11AM), and one in the evening (5PM or so). This discussion can take place in person or over the phone/zoom/skype. You are expected to provide some creative work during the day so you can report it in the evening discussion.
What equipment do I need?
You need a Windows or Linux laptop (it can be old) preferrably with good battery, other equipment will be provided by breathinglabs.
What to do if I dont like my traineeship?
You can end this traineeship any day you like for any reason, however you will not be able to use the funds that were reserved for this traineeship in other erasmus+ activities (unless erasmus will allow you to do so). Probably it is safest to organize 2 or 3 months of traineeship first and expand it into 6 or 9 or 12 months after making sure that you feel good about it.
Will I need to be quarantined when I arrive to Slovenia?
It all depends on the situation and covid related legislature at that time, but in a case a quarantine will be required we will help you to find a place by our best efforts - worst case scenario you will pay a full price for it at the commercial hotel, which is aproximately 400eur for 10 days (but this is the worst case scenario).
Are PCR tests required?
Currently not but it could occur that PCR tests will be required when entering or leaving the country at that time. Worst case scenario is you'll pay the full PCR test which is about 80eur. In such a case we will help you logistically and financially as we all understand that such situations are rather unpredictable these days.
How to get there?
One way is to fly to Slovenia main airport (https://www.fraport-slovenija.si/en/Main) then take a cab or bus to Kranj (20km) and then take train to Koper (120km). Anyhow it is best to contact us at [email protected] to help you in that arrangement as we are locals and we will be able to find best ride for you. Another option is to fly to Italy (Trieste airport) and then take a bus to Koper (20 km) however these buses are less frequent (+ additional crossing the border Italy-Slovenia can add extra troubles) so contact us before you book your flight so we can check it beforehand. Worst case scenario we will send someone to pick you up.
What documents do i need to provide?
You need to provide erasmus+ learning agreement ( https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/default/files/learnin... ), plus any other documents required regarding the international travel (student visa possibly). You should contact an erasmus representative at your local university, and you can always contact us at [email protected] so we can check on our side if anything else is required.
What is the life in the city of Koper like?
Koper is a student city located at the sea so it is also a tourist destination. Very easy going, relaxed, and open-minded. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly-VU651apE
What is the cost of living in Koper?
Student dorms cost about 150-200€ per month (you pay this yourself, we only help you organize it if you need help). Then coffee is about 1€, pizza is about 6€, and there are many locations at the sea side to enjoy nature for free. Phone SIM card with 100GB of internet is 10€ per month.
Do I need a visa, visum (slovenian: vizum)?
What is a visa learn here: https://resources.envoyglobal.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-a-... You should check if you are required to obtain VISA to visit Slovenia. If your country is not in EU then probably you need to obtain VISA because Slovenia is in EU and in Schengen area. VISA process is easiest for 89 days visit or shorter, this is called VISA type C. You need to send the following documents: erasmus learning agreement, erasmus acceptance confirmation, IRZU acceptance letter, and IRZU ceo waranty letter + some documents need to be translated in Slovenian (depends on the embassy what they want). You need to send those documents to slovenian embassy in your country via email and they will tell you if documents are sufficient and will tell you to visit them personally. maybe you will have to provide some translations and in that case you should ask them which translators are registered for this job (those are usually called legal translators, or court translators, and in turkey for example there are only three of them (one slovenian in turkey, and two turks in slovenia). Visa process generally takes 5-10 days and costs about 60€ + if you need some translations. They always do discounts for students so you should ask them about it.
Is time of internship flexible?
Yes but you will have extra troubles to obtain VISA for 90 days or more. If you just want to move the period of your internship simply ask us and it can be arranged.
How is my health insurance provided?
You pay for health insurance which is approximately 35€ per 3 months or about 50€ per 6 months. You should try to arrange this before leaving your country (you can do that at any tourist agency). But we can also arrange that once you are here (just don't hurt yourself before we do that).
How much money will I get from erasmus?
It depends on the financial situation of your origin country but you should get between 450€ and 650€ per month which is enough to live in Slovenia (200€ for dorm, 200€ for food).
What language is used there?
Slovenia is a small country so we are very used to speak English on a daily basis. We also speak Italian, Croatian, and a bit of German. Our native language is Slovenian, but pretty much all academia and all arts are based on English.
What to do if anything goes wrong?
When you contact us at [email protected] you will be provided a local agents phone number and email and this agent will arrange anything possible to get you out of any trouble. We are vigilant, we have travelled the world, and we will never leave you alone without providing you help and backup 24/7. Slovenia, however, is a relatively safe country.
What is IRZU's objective goal in these traineeships?
We want to try new things and we feel the best way to do that is to have a relaxed person think outside the box and do something from their heart. IRZU has already spinned off two businesses (Breathing Labs, Slovenia and Ultrasonic Audio, Slovenia) and various art productions so we try to keep this innovative spirit alive and kicking.
Do you have other internships and traineeships positions open?
Yes, check those here or suggest your own: https://www.irzu.org/internships