Postdoc in analytical natural product chemistry

torsdag 22 apr 21

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Frist 17. maj 2021
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We seek a highly motivated Postdoc to push the boundaries for chemical identification technologies to develop microorganisms as plant protection solutions for agriculture.  In this position you will experience teamwork at the academia-industry interface, and you'll boost your laboratory automation and product development expertise.

The project
The postdoc position is part of the Smarter AgroBiological Screening (SABS) project, which will develop new biological antifungal agents for crop protection, to enable reduction of chemical fungicide usage. The project is an industry-university collaboration involving a large team at DTU bioengineering, to build-up a set of high-throughput automated assays to screen DTU's collection of microorganisms and advance the most promising strains towards in-planta testing. Artificial intelligence methodologies will be used to find predictive patterns in the collected data and enable most effective selection and optimization process.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Development of separation methods to characterize the microbial secondary metabolites
  • Development of analytical methods for qualification and quantification of bioactive small molecules, using HPLC-HRMS and GC-MS
  • Compound identification using software and databases, such as MSDial, MZmine, AntiBase and web-based MS-MS databases
  • Statistical analysis of metabolomic profiles and development of an automation workflow of compound identification
  • Investigation of the mode of action for antifungal components
  • Participating in antifungal assays, specific chemical assay, high-throughput screening, and strain fermentation

A qualified candidate has/is:

  • PhD degree (or equivalent) in relevant field
  • A strong background and solid research experience in analytical chemistry or natural product chemistry
  • Solid hands-on experience in LC-MS and NMR
  • Highly motivated by the potential of microbial natural products
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Excellent track-record of scientific achievements (publications, patents, awards, grants, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Innovation mind-set
  • Ambitious, hard working, and dedicated
  • Team player with a desire to help his/her colleagues succeed

We expect you to fit into a group that is motivated by the potential of our research to have a real impact on the world, especially in agriculture, have an innovative and applied mind set, and  strive for an environmental that is open, collaborative and ambitious.

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 27 months, starting from July 1st, 2021.

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Further information
Further information can be obtained from associate professor Ling Ding, email:

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 17 May 2021 (Danish time) - but please submit early as we will start a preliminary review and interview process.

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
  • ORCID (see e.g.
  • Two 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) 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 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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