Metabolomics Core Facility Manager

DTU Bioengineering
Friday 13 Apr 18

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The Metabolomics Core Facility at the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Metabolomics Core) has an opening for a position as operational manager (AC TAP). The position will be available from June 2018.

The Metabolomics Core Facility is an analytical chemistry laboratory specializing in the interface between biology and chemistry. The infrastructure provides expert chemical analysis for molecular biology, microbial ecology, fermentation, natural product chemistry, myco- and phycotoxin analysis, and is key to enabling effective collaboration among other departments of DTU through the sharing of expertise.

The Metabolomics Core Facility is located at the DTU Lyngby campus in building 221, and is centered on chromatography and advanced mass spectrometry. The infrastructure is currently in charge of running among others two state-of-the-art LC-DAD-QTOF MS instrumentations, a LC-QQQ system, GC-MS, several HPLC’s and a dedicated laboratory for semi-preparative purification of small molecules.

The facility manager will work under the supervision of the department natural product chemists, Associate Professor Ling Ding and Professor Thomas O. Larsen. The position will half time be associated with the newly started Center of Excellence, Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites (CeMiSt) led by Professor Lone Gram.

Primary areas of responsibility
The position implies daily supervision of all aspects of the core facility functioning. The manager is responsible for maintaining equipment, developing and following standard operating procedures, developing and maintaining customer connections and running the projects.

The future of the DTU Metabolomics Core will be significantly influenced by the professional contribution of the applicant. The successful candidate will be especially involved in important analytical aspects of the CeMiSt project. The manager will also contribute to training activities, including giving technical introductions to the customers, as well as supervision of visiting students and postdocs. It is expected that the person to be hired will support applications for new analytical equipment in order to further develop the platform.

Our expectations of you
Candidates should have a Post Doc or equivalent.

For this position, a service-oriented personality as well as high social competencies is essential. The ideal candidate has a strong background in mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry of small organic molecules, as well as excellent understanding of the technology involved, including liquid chromatography, high-resolution mass spectrometry and related software.
The applicant should possess a core understanding of organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biotechnology and be familiar with typical metabolomics tasks.

Organizational, managerial, leadership and interpersonal skills are of particular importance. The ideal applicant must have strong motivation and excellent work ethics. The ability to effectively interact with the research and technical staff within the group as well as external researchers in a team-oriented manner is a must.
Advanced knowledge of English is essential as this is the working language.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

In recent years, DTU has been working concertedly to professionalize management. The DTU Leadership Role is based on four cornerstones: academic management, resource management, Performance-enhancing HR management and strategic management. Moreover, self-management and DTU’s values constitute the central parameters for these four disciplines. To find out more about DTU’s Leadership Role, see the website.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position is initially available for 6 years.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 27 April 2018. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Professor Thomas O. Larsen ( or Professor Lone Gram (

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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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. 180 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.