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Public Inventor for Clean Water Projects

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Public Invention is trying to help solve the global clean water problem. Part of this problem revolves around difficulty testing for safe drinking water sources. We are trying to make those tests faster and easier to perform in the field and rely on passionate Public Inventors to make this goal a reality. Public Invention is looking for volunteers to support two related projects: 1) Project #41: Rapid E. coli Detector and 2) Project #51: Moonrat: A Portable Incubator. Ideal candidates will need to be comfortable developing a biological understanding of global water quality issues and an interest in scientific communication. Candidates should also be passionate about humanitarian service and be able to dedicate approx. 4 hours per week to supporting the efforts of Public Invention.


  • Knowledge of or interest in biological concepts as they apply to human health, particularly around water quality analysis and microbiology (required)
  • Experience or interest in drafting strategic communications targeting a diverse audience through social media posts, promotional materials, websites, and email correspondence (required)
  • Self-motivated to drive tasks forward and seek guidance when necessary (required)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (required)
  • Current college student or recent graduate (preferred)


  • Lead efforts to create instructional documents, website content, social media posts, emails, and other forms of engaging media
  • Support market analyses of relevant water quality researchers and institutions
  • Perform a scientific literature review of existing research around water quality analysis
  • Work as part of a team and attend weekly team project meetings

Time Investment: 4-6 hours per week (negotiable)

If interested, please submit your resume and a statement of interest to read.robert@pubinv.org.

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1709 NORRIS DR, AUSTIN, TX 78704, US

Mission Statement

We empower inventors, technologists, and students to publish, find, and collaborate on invention ideas for the good of humanity through direct coaching, team formation, curation of work, publication, co-working and learning events, and material support.


We challenge the notion that inventions should be reserved for patents and profits. Rather, we invite fellow builders of the future to use their skills for humanitarian purpose. We want to make the future better for everyone. To do this we remove, rather than add, legal barriers to the free use of our inventions. All work done with Public Invention is free and open to all under share-alike public licenses.

The Public Inventor of the future is not a lone genius but a person who is part of a community. We empower Public Invention Teams that embrace the interdisciplinary talents that combine to shape the future: inventiveness, design, writing, art, photography, engineering, administration, fundraising, and other skills we cannot predict. All of our work is in service to nurture humanitarian invention.

Recently, much of our work has been focused on our VentMon project, which works to improve pandemic ventilators in the fight against COVID-19. With that, we are working on an oxygen concentrator project. However, we are also working on non-pandemic related projects, such as Moonrat and Rapid E. Coli projects (clean water projects) and Euler Notebook (a stylus-oriented notebook for mathematics and science), among others. We are always looking to take on new and exciting projects working with inventors around the globe.

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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.





  • 4-6 hours per week

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