Postdoc in biocatalysis and sustainability assessments - DTU Biosustain

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Postdoc in biocatalysis and sustainability assessments - DTU Biosustain
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Job Description

Are you looking for a place to grow your skills in low-impact biosolutions, including their research, development, sustainability assessment, and commercialization? Then this job is for you. We are looking for a self-driven and innovative enzymologist or similar, to help drive the exploration of enzyme-based biosolutions. 

As part of the Center for Biosustainability, we are a group of enzymologists, chemists and microbiologist working together in a collaborative way. We are currently around 15 people in the group. We focus on developing enzymes to be used in industrial processes for the production of commodity chemicals and agrochemicals, and for crop protection.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You’ll be working with biocatalysis in the lab, and quantitative sustainability assessments at the desk. You will need strong communication and leadership skills, and you’ll be supervising students, and communicating your results at conferences and in scientific journals. You will develop your own project in collaboration with your colleagues, within the group’s focus areas.


  • Scientific leadership, including project management and supervision
  • Experimental work, including enzymology, process optimization etc.
  • Scientific communication, including conference presentations and publications


  • Background in chemistry, enzymology, chemical engineering, microbiology, or similar
  • Strong drive for innovation
  • Strong communication skills, including organization, scientific writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • Great command of English in speech and writing. 
  • Previous experience with life-cycle assessment, techno-economic assessment, or absolute sustainability assessment is an advantage.

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

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 2 years. The position is full time. Starting date as soon as possible, but we are willing to wait for the right candidate.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ditte Welner, head of Enzyme Engieering and Structural Biology ([email protected]

You can read more about DTU Biosustain  at  

You can read more about our research group: Enzyme Engineering and Structural Biology at  

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 26 February 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/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 

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. 

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 3072
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 01/29/2024, 06:04 AM
  • Apply Before 02/26/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Søltofts Plads - via Henrik Dams Alle, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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