Postdoc in Fungal Cell Factory Construction and Characterization

Monday 11 Oct 21

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We are seeking an ambitious postdoc with a documented history of scientific excellence to be affiliated with the Eukaryotic Molecular Cell Biology group. The candidate will be part of a larger project HARMONIZE that includes River Stone, Novozymes and Novo Nordisk as industrial partners. The overall goal of our activities is to develop novel cell factory construction technology. In particular we will strive to develop high-thought technology for strain engineering and the candidate will achieve robust training in this field. We offer a job where the candidate can work at the forefront of fungal genetic engineering in an international research environment employing state of the art methodologies and equipment. The position is funded by a grant from the Innovation Fund Denmark.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will work as a member of a larger team dedicated to develop novel cell factory construction methods. You role will be to strengthen the competences of the team with genetic experience and with fermentation technology. Our projects involve industrial partners and you will need to work in close collaboration with these partners. In addition, you have a desire to contribute to teaching in experimental classes. Your primary tasks will be:

  • Construct yeast and fungal strains using high-throughput methodology
  • Propagate strains in bioreactors and in micro-bioreactors
  • Perform simple analytical analyses of metabolome profiles
  • Perform enzymatic assays
  • Scientific writing and presentation
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 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 upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Uffe Mortensen, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 October 2021 (Danish 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • 1-2 Reference letters

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) is an international leader in the areas of biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses, and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 300 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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