Assistant professor in Microbial Ecology to the Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, CeMiSt

DTU Bioengineering
torsdag 26 okt 17

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Frist 1. december 2017
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The Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, CeMiSt, is one of 10 new Centers of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Center will start 1st January 2018 and run for six years with an option for a four year extension. The Center is based at the Technical University of Denmark and hosted by Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering). Three DTU departments and 10 senior faculty participate in the Center and >15 PhD students and postdocs will be hired. The purpose of CeMiSt is to unravel the biological role of microbial secondary metabolites in natural microbiological communities. The Center is led by Professor Lone Gram.

DTU Bioengineering covers microbial ecology and physiology, industrial biotechnology and biomedicine and health. The department consists of approx. 30 faculty and more than 80 PhD students and postdocs.

The assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position (tenure track).

The research area of position is within marine bacterial ecology and the interaction between secondary metabolite producing microorganisms.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are looking for an ambitious microbiologist with experience in microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular microbiology and / or secondary metabolite mediated interactions between bacteria.

You will get a unique possibility to work on how secondary metabolites of the marine roseobacters affect microbial diversity and functionality in both natural and engineered systems.

You will be collaborating with scientists working on natural product chemistry, on bioinformatics and on molecular microbiology on several topics

  • presence of roseobacters  and other bioactive bacteria in natural niches
  • expression of secondary metabolite gene clusters
  • microbial diversity in natural (marine) niches
  • engineering multi-species microbial model systems
  • generating knock-out mutants
  • influence of secondary metabolites on diversity and functionality in engineered microbial systems

The position allows you to collaborate with several research groups with expertise in molecular microbiology, natural product chemistry and gene sequence analyses. We expect that you will be developing you own scientific profile and apply for research funding to build your research group. You should have an interest in teaching engineering students and co-supervising PhD students.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

You should have a PhD degree in microbiology, molecular biology or a similar degree and some or several of the following qualifications:

  • Experience with (marine) microbial ecology,
  • Experience with analyses of bacterial genes and genomes
  • Experience with molecular microbiology including genetic manipulation of bacteria
  • Experience with gene expression analyses
  • Fluent in English

You must be ambitious, well organized, structured and enjoy interacting with many different people including PhD students and postdocs. Also, a good sense of humor will be appreciated. Having completed a successful postdoc positions will be considered an advantage.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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.

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lone Gram, or +45 23688295.

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering at and a DTU podcast introduces the Center.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 December 2017 (at noon, 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
  • Views regarding teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • Documentation of precious teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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 Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites aims to establish what effect microbial secondary metabolites have on other microorganisms in their natural environment. We have traditionally perceived them as ‘competition substances’, but in natural environments they are rarely produced in quantities of antibiotic effect. The Center’s hypothesis is that the secondary metabolites constitute a network of signal molecules that directly affect gene expression, behaviour, and metabolism of the microorganisms and thus play a decisive role in the composition and function of microbiological societies. We will explore this in an interdisciplinary collaboration with the use of sequence-based, analytical-chemical, molecular, bioinformatic, and classic microbiological methods

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.