Research Assistant in Microbial Therapeutics Development - DTU Biosustain

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We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to join our team at DTU Biosustain n the Bacterial Synthetic Biology section to contribute to an exciting translational project engineering, testing and developing microbiome therapeutics.

Are you curious about the role of the microbiome in disease? Do you want to hone your experience in microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques and like working as part of a highly dedicated, international team at the cutting edge of microbiome science? Then this could be your next carrier step.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your focus will be on providing technical support for the bacterial strain engineering and testing section. You will be part of a dedicated team of scientists working towards developing microbial therapeutics. The work includes assisting with ongoing projects, as well as independently conducting experiments, including:

  • cloning and characterization (growth profiling; testing production of heterologous compounds / proteins) of bacteria including E. coli and various gut microbes;
  • preparation and analysis of samples from gut microbiome studies;
  • quantitative sample analysis assays including ELISA and QPCR;
  • documenting experiments using lab management software (Benchling).

In addition, the position requires routine lab duties such as media preparation, maintenance of microbial strains, data documentation and participation in project meetings. The work will involve experiments with bacteria and microbiome samples in a GMO class 1 laboratory environment.

As a formal qualification, you must have a master’s degree in engineering or equivalent degree in life science.

Further you should have previous laboratory experience in at least one of the below mentioned areas:

  • Standard microbiology techniques and working in a GMO1 laboratory
  • Quantitative assays such as ELISAs, enzyme assays and/or RT-QPCR
  • Experience in HPLC/LC-MS, Histology or FACS analysis is a plus

With regard to personal skills we are looking for a colleague with

  • A positive attitude, team-spirit and outstanding motivation;
  • great attention to detail,
  • good interpersonal and communication skills required to work in a highly international research environment.
  • Working language is English.

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

This is a full-time position. Period of employment is 9 months.

Starting date is 1st May 2023 or according to mutual agreement.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information
Further information may be obtained from DTU Biosustain, Bacterial Synthetic Biology, Susanne Kammler, phone (+45) 93 51 16 55 or email .

You can read more about our work 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 5 April 2023 (Danish time).

We will evaluate applications and conduct interviews continuously during the application period.

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)

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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