Postdoc in Natural Product Chemistry

DTU Bioengineering
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DTU Bioengineering at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Postdoc in Natural Product Chemistry in marine fermented products.

The overall mission of DTU Bioengineering is to contribute to research, development and education within the scientific areas of Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biomedicine and Systems Biology. In particular, this position is placed in the Section of Synthetic Biology and aims at strengthening our activities within photosynthetic cell factories.

The aim of this research is to develop much-needed and innovative anti-parasitic treatments for pigs (and potentially other livestock) from industrial by-products. The Post doc position is part of a project called SEAPAR, funded by the GUDP program in Denmark. The postdoc will work with the identification and structure elucidation of the bioactive compounds produced during the fermentation process and screened by partners in the project. SEAPAR will utilize by-products from processing and/or fermentation of seaweed.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will be placed in the research group Photosynthetic Cell Factories, in the Synthetic Biology group. The postdoc will, as part of the SEAPAR project be responsible for the isolation of bioactive compounds from fermented seaweed. The position also includes setting up HPLC-MS methods that will enable the partners of SEAPAR to have a fast chemical analysis of the many samples that will be produced during the project.

The chemical work will be performed in collaboration with the members of DTU Metabolomics Core, where the postdoc will have access to state-of-the analytical chemistry equipment e.g.:

Are you interested in Natural production chemistry, then you could be our now postdoc. Your core responsibilities will be to 

  • Isolate bioactive metabolites
  • Setup and establish LC-MS methods

The research will contribute to all parts of the SEAPAR project, and you should have the ability to collaborate with colleagues from as device fields as farming, veterinary sciences and fermentation specialist. You must an ability to motivate colleagues to be at their best and achieve our ambitious goals through strong collaboration.

The project is performed in collaboration with: DTU Metabolomics Core; Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen; Nordisk Tang ApS; Fermentation Experts AS, and Rønbækgård Pig Farm. The project is coordinated from University of Copenhagen, and a PhD student will be employed there with whom many of the samples will be screened for anti-parasitological activity.

Qualifications
We require the following: 

  • Candidates should have a PhD degree in natural product chemistry or similar.
  • Strong experience with isolation of natural products
  • Profound experience with LC-MS method development and general analytical chemistry skill.
  • Experience with isolation of natural products from seaweed and/or fermentation products will be preferred
  • Several first-author papers in good international journals.
  • Independence and good communication skills in English.
  • A strong desire to work in the interplay between academia and industry.

The candidate should be: 

  • Self-driven with a strong wish to explore boundaries
  • Motivated by both personal and team accomplishments
  • Able to and thrive in collaboration and teamwork
  • Able to supervise students, PhD student and strive to develop talent amongst others

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. Period of employment: 1 April 2018 to 31 Marts 2019.

The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Henrik Toft Simonsen, e-mail: hets@dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering on www.bioengineering.dtu.dk.  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 December 2017 (Local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research at DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 160 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.