Assistant Professor in Enzyme Technology for Oligosaccharide Synthesis

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DTU Bioengineering invites applications for a position as assistant professor within Enzyme Technology for Oligosaccharide Synthesis. The position is within DTU’s strategy on enzyme technology and specifically targets the synthesis of oligosaccharides having potential benefits on human health. The assistant professorship is placed in the section on Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology at DTU Bioengineering and is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

In the
Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology section we perform impactful and innovative research aiming at harnessing the biotechnological potential of proteins in food and biomaterials, enzymatic biomass-processing, and interplay of diet, host and gut microbiota. We employ tools within protein structure, function, engineering and molecular interactions analyses as well as proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics. The section teaches bachelor and master students in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology and protein and enzyme chemistry. The section has extensive international and national collaborations with top academic institutions as well as industrial partners. 

Responsibilities and tasks 
The position includes responsibilities related to the department’s research within enzymatic production of food ingredients, especially enzymatic transglycosylation reactions across several ongoing research projects. Main tasks include advanced enzyme reaction design, reaction assessment (kinetics, mechanism) and optimization, and technology developments ranging from targeted protein engineering and substrate preparation processes to enzyme immobilization in order to understand and improve the reactions. The successful candidate must engage proactively in the section’s enzymatic bioprocess research, and in the supervision of PhD students and project students within enzyme-assisted biorefinery projects.  In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to develop externally funded research projects, and lead own research proposals and projects. The position also includes teaching obligations, including supervision of BSc and MSc projects, and we expect that the candidate has or will take the Teaching and Learning course (UDTU) at DTU Learning Lab within the first year of the employment.     

Candidates must 

  • Hold a PhD degree or equivalent and academic qualifications and research experience equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Assistant Professor, Researcher, or Postdoc.

The candidate should also have: 

  • “Hands-on” experience with enzymatic oligosaccharide synthesis  
  • Deep knowledge of carbohydrate chemistry, notably bioactive food oligosaccharides
  • Documented research experience within enzymatic transglycosylation reactions
  • Theoretical and practical experience with enzyme reaction optimization, reaction analysis and enzyme kinetics resolution (enzyme assays, productivity terms, extended reactions)
  • Experience with molecular protein assessment and protein engineering of enzymes
  • Experience with enzyme immobilisation
  • Knowledge of liquid chromatography analysis of carbohydrates and phenolics  
  • International and Industrial collaboration experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Danish.
  • Teaching experience

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact of research (notably relevance to the UN sustainability goals)
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
Consideration will also be given to:
  • Experience, i.e. experimental research experience and relevance of the research background
  • Research level (impact and quality of publications)
  • PhD supervision experience (co-supervision)
  • Innovation activities, including collaboration with industry

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.

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 Head of Department Bjarke B. Christensen or Professor Anne S. Meyer, e-mail:, +45 4525 2525.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 September 2019.

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
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • 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, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in 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. 190 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 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.