Postdoc in Synthetic Biology - DTU Biosustain

Updated: 4 months ago

We are seeking a talented and motivated post doctorial associate at the Bacterial Synthetic Biology section led by Professor Morten Sommer at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark. 

The postdoc will be working on an industrial collaboration project aimed at designing and implementing biosensors for cell factory optimization using droplet based high-throughput screening. The project group comprising researchers from a industrial biotech company and DTU will deploy cutting edge microbial synthetic biology techniques in combination with microfluidic screening (with industrial collaborator). The post doc area of responsibility will be focused on the biosensor design and testing. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
The candidate will be responsible for the execution of all aspects of the project including both experimental and computational tasks; however, support is available for all aspects from fellow lab members and the industry partner. 

The applicant should:

  • have a proven track record within the fields of microbiology or synthetic biology 
  • have demonstrated early in his/her career a capacity for innovation and excellence
  • make this position his/her number one priority
  • have a strong work ethics
  • be a team player

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 approx 14 months depending on start date as this job has a fixed end date 31st October 2024 with opportunity for prolongation for up to 4 years in total. Expected starting date: August-September 2023.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from professor Morten Otto Alexander Sommer, DTU Biosustain, email:

You can read more about the department at  and .

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 30 June 2023 (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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