Research Assistant in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics - DTU Biosustain

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Research Assistant in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics - DTU Biosustain
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Job Description

At The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), located on the Technical University of Denmark’s main campus near Copenhagen (Kongens Lyngby), we develop the next generation of biosustainable technologies using synthetic biology techniques with state-of-the-art equipment and top-class scientists from all over the world. We aim to achieve the goal of a sustainable future by creating novel paths to chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and food using microbial cells. We are searching for a software engineer who will contribute to the development of bioinformatics databases and analytics platforms to be leveraged in designing strains for sustainable bio-based production of valuable compounds. 

Build microbial strain design tools for large-scale omics analysis and more
You will join the DTU Biosustain’s Reconstruction Team, headed by DTU Biosustain Prof. Bernhard Palsson and Patrick Phaneuf. Together with your colleagues, your overall goal is to research and build computational resources in the domain of pangenomics and metabolic modeling to serve with engineering microbial cell factories. These microbial cell factories are being developed for various applications, including small molecule production, bioactive compound production, and microbial foods through experimental and computational design approaches.

Your primary tasks will include:

  • Generating large-scale pangenomes and mining them for genes and pathways of interest,
  • Developing metabolic models to predict strain phenotype,
  • Analyzing multi-omic datasets (e.g. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics),
  • Contribute to the development of computational methods, tools, and workflows,
  • Work within cross-functional teams to define strategy and data sources for microbial strain design and optimization,
  • Summarize and present results and recommendations to international collaborators and stakeholders.

At the DTU Biosustain, cross-organizational collaboration and knowledge sharing are the foundation for turning our highly ambitious goals into reality. As such, you can look forward to working closely together with experimentalists, computationalists, and engineers to ensure the success of your projects. 

As a formal qualification, you must have a master’s degree in engineering or equivalent.

We are looking for an independent and driven individual who prioritizes quality, clarity, impact, innovation, and constructive collaboration. We also expect this individual to have the professional and organizational skills necessary to manage, contribute to, and communicate progress for multiple parallel projects. Additionally, your CV should demonstrate:

  • A master’s in bioinformatics, computational biology, bioengineering, or equivalent,
  • Computational analysis background (Python, R, etc),
  • Excellent written and spoken English, interpersonal, and organizational skills,
  • Experience with a range of multi-omics data types and associated bioinformatic algorithms/statistics.
  • Familiarity with methods for computational modeling of metabolism (constraint-based, kinetic modeling, etc),
  • Experience or motivation for applying statistical and machine learning methods to strain design challenges,

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The period of employment is 1.5 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Patrick Phaneuf at [email protected].

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 May 2024 (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)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

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 Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)
Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has fundamentally changed the scope and ambition of harnessing the potential of biological systems. Big data approaches and analysis of biological systems are key research instruments at the Center. DTU Biosustain utilizes these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods. Learn more at

Technology for people        
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3501
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 05/14/2024, 02:17 AM
  • Apply Before 05/31/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Søltofts Plads Bygn. 220, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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