Postdoc in Metabolic Engineering and Fermentation

Updated: about 2 months ago

Our group works with bacterial systems, and our projects are ranging from attempts to deepen the fundamental understanding of bacterial cellular signalling and regulation, to attempts at engineering of bacterial strains to perform better as cell factories. We use a combination of experimental and computational approaches, and our teem offers a very supportive interdisciplinary and international working environment.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of metabolic engineering and fermentation, to contribute to our work on engineering of Bacillus subtilis for sustainable production of 3-hydroxypropanoate.

Responsibilities and tasks

The overall responsibility of the hired candidate will be to perform genetic engineering of already existing production strains of B. subtilis, in order to optimize production of 3-hydroxypropanoate. The candidate will also be expected to optimize the fermentation procedure for this bio-production process.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

The candidate should have documented experience with running a laboratory-scale fermentation process and genetic engineering of Bacillus subtilis.

Fluency in written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

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 one year (12 months).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information

For any questions about the position please contact Prof. Ivan Mijakovic at:

Please submit your online application no later than 28 May 2020 (23:59 local 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)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures 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.

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