Junior Fermentation Engineer

Updated: about 1 month ago

Looking for a job with impact and purpose? - The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability has a scale-up/-down piloting facility to commercialize bio-based products and molecules for a variety of customers and application markets. The work of the Piloting Facility of the Center aims towards bridging the gap between academic metabolic engineering projects from cell factories and their commercial application. We aim at the establishment and integration of a whole workflow, from synthetic biology through genetic engineering, bench-scale fermentations and scale-up process design towards gate milestone driven project and process development until successful release into the market.

To achieve that, state-of-the-art technology together with different equipment and tools are used. This work place applies open, agile, creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. In order to accelerate time to market for the cell hosts and their respective downstream processes, we intend to further strengthen the Centers already existing capabilities by adding a highly motivated team of Engineers, Scientists and Technicians to tackle this challenging task. Currently we are in need of an open mind for different disciplines in natural sciences and engineering, in order to learn the most of each other and create the critical synergies to be successful.

If you identify yourself with such a mindset, are interested to transition multiple organisms from micro-scale through up-scale, advance the processes further into commercialization through contract manufacturing, spin-outs, sales and licensing, and have confidence and enthusiasm for the bio-based economy, as we have, you should apply.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about microbial fermentation and process development. Experience with operating scale-up platforms from milliliter scale (RoboLector Bioreactors, Sartorius ambr®250 high throughput) up to 100L scale, is highly appreciated.  As role includes close work with strain engineers, knowledge in the field of metabolic engineering, microbial physiology and microbiology would be beneficial.

As a Fermentation Engineer, your position requires collaboration with internal research groups, the analytical and genome engineering group as well as with third parties, vendors, technology providers and engineering disciplines for process development. You are responsible to develop, together with the team, suitable scale-up procedures, optimize the processes and troubleshoot when needed.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Transfer of cell factories and bioprocesses through internal gate milestones
  • Running, controlling and maintaining batch, fed-batch, repeated batch cultivations ideally for both bacteria and yeast, anaerobic and aerobic on a small scale
  • Collaboration with biochemists and metabolic engineers to screen and develop industrially robust fermentation and cultivation conditions for cell factories
  • Planning, designing and operating fermentation processes in M2P Labs RoboLector and Sartorius ambr®250 high throughput bioreactor platforms
  • Ability to assist fermentation processes on larger scale
  • Interpreting data obtained during and after fermentation processes
  • Documenting work in cloud-based informatics platforms (LIMS) including analysis and interpretation of the results and discoveries
  • Initiative and self-motivated with good planning & organizational skills
  • Ability to work simultaneously on different projects
  • Excellent collaboration & communication skills (English)

Our expectations of you

  • MSc degree (or similar) in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology or a related field
  • Hands-on experience with operating instrumented reactor platforms
  • Mindset to share your knowledge and experience with other disciplines and learn yourself from these
  • Positive mindset towards work and colleagues

It would be great if…

  • You have experience with multiple microbial hosts and fermentation
  • You have experience with technology transfer of materials and processes to customers and/or contract manufacturing facilities.
  • You have experience in organizing work with lab technicians and strain engineers
  • You have a strong interest in training on and learning new laboratory methods and pilot-scale equipment.
  • You have hands on experience with sample preparation for HPLC and similar In-Process-Control Analytics

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with a focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
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 place of employment is the DTU main campus in Lyngby.

The position is limited to a one-year contract.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 16 May 2021 (Danish time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Andreas Worberg, Chief Commercial Officer, heading the bio-process engineering as well as our piloting and scale-up facility and efforts, phone: +45 9351 8900 or email andwor@biosustain.dtu.dk

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring the efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

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 biosustain.dtu.dk

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 vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.


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