Associate Professor in Systems Biology of Cells for Biopharma Manufacturing - DTU Bioengineering

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We are looking for an Associate Professor working in BioPharma Manufacturing with a specific focus on systems biology approaches to improve and develop the manufacturing of the next generation of biologics and cell-based therapies.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in Systems Biology of Cells for Biopharma manufacturing. The position will be placed in the section of Protein Science and Biotherapeutics with about 100 staff members.

As our new colleague you will become part of a section which performs high-impact research and innovation aiming at harnessing the biotechnological, diagnostic, and therapeutic potential of biologics with a particular focus on manufacturing, immunology, antibody research, cutting-edge proteomic technologies, phage display, mammalian cell technology, glycoengineering, and high-throughput screening and diagnostics. We also teach Bachelor and Master students in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biopharma manufacturing and immunology and has extensive international and national collaborations with top academic institutions as well as industrial and clinical partners.

Responsibilities and qualifications
In this job you will develop and direct an internationally competitive research group focusing on the implementation and use of systems biology and genome editing to improve cell factories for biomanufacturing and biomedical research. In particular, the research program should leverage and develop innovative methods in data analytics, computational modelling for the interpretation of multiomics and other experimental datasets. This may include explanatory AI, mechanistic models or hybrid modelling approaches, applied to cell growth, biological product formation or process engineering, relevant to the manufacturing of recombinant proteins, viral vectors, or cell therapies. As part of this you also find it exciting and challenging to take active part in our data science hub to support data science research and education across the entire department. 

The research activities are expected to link to other relevant engineering areas in the department, and you are expected to engage in collaborative projects and grant applications with groups in the department and relevant DTU departments (e.g., DTU Health, DTU Chemistry, DTU Chemical engineering, DTU Food, DTU Biosustain). The aim will be to complement existing competences at DTU and create synergies with state-of-the-art methodologies and approaches. It is anticipated that these collaborations will be leveraged for the development of grants and activities that accelerate department initiatives in data science and industrial translation of research at DTU. 

You should have obtained well-documented achievements within the above-mentioned research themes as well as have a solid background in computational biology, metabolic modelling, big-data analysis and cell line engineering and should have a track record for applying this experience into industrial settings. We are also looking for a profile which has industrial experience within the same fields. Ideally, you have demonstrated the skills and the ability to design, shape and drive forward scientific projects at high-level academic as well as industrial settings.

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship and documented didactic/pedagogic training.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching 
  • Research experience 
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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 starting date is according to mutual agreement. The position is a full-time position.

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Bjørn Voldborg, Head of National Biologics Facility, tel.: +45 21126191

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 4 December 2023 (23:59 Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio  including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

Applications 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 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- and biotech industries 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. 400 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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