DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Yeast Synthetic Biology

Updated: 23 days ago

The Synthetic Biology Tools for Yeast section at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CfB), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), aims at developing new break-through technologies using yeast to address major societal and environmental problems within the fields of industrial biotechnology, environmental engineering, and health. To support this mission, we are seeking a highly motivated and experienced researcher. The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. In this program, we offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment, in which we want you to take part in solving unmet challenges, and to develop and lead your own research stream in our group.

In our research group we develop state-of-the-art synthetic biology tools for yeasts to advance sustainable solutions within industrial biotechnology, environmental engineering, and health. To strengthen our team’s R&D activities, and further advance our visions we seek a researcher with expertise in yeast synthetic biology. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and executing state-of-the-art designs and engineering of yeasts as modular platforms to report and control cell-cell signaling as part of engineered screening and co-culture systems.


Responsibilities and qualifications
We envision that you take responsibility for establishing synergy with other fields of research, and that you bring significant outreach that can further establish relevant collaborations. Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Design-build-test sensor-actuation systems for, and with, yeast
  • Apply synthetic yeast systems to unmet needs in biotechnology and health
  • Lead and co-lead interdisciplinary research projects
  • Co-supervise PhD students and supervision of BSc and MSc student projects
  • Lead research ideation, and writing of successful grant applications
  • Disseminate your research at the highest international level within synthetic biology
  • Publish your research as peer-reviewed manuscripts and patent applications

To meet these responsibilities, we will put significant attention to candidates with the following qualifications:

  • You have 2+ years postdoctoral experience in yeast synthetic biology
  • You have hands-on experience working with different yeasts and mammalian cells
  • You have a scientific track record with international publications and intellectual property
  • You have documented ability to attract funding as main applicant
  • You have demonstrated strong leadership in research projects, preferably international.
  • You have experience teaching and mentoring students at MSc level
  • You are a driven team-player capable of creating synergy across personalities and qualifications

You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTUcan provide Danish language courses.

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

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

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • 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 salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities .

Expected starting date: Ultimo 2021.


Further information
Further information may be obtained from senior researcher and group leader Dr. Michael Krogh Jensen (mije@biosustain.dtu.dk ). You can read more about CfB at www.biosustain.dtu.dk .

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 24 September 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)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, intellectual property, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/ )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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.

DTU Biosustain is focused on developing the next generation of cell factories focusing on big data generation and analytics for developing microbial genome-scale science and applying it to biobased production and microbial foods to accelerate green transition and support sustainable lifestyles.

Learn more at biosustain.dtu.dk

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