Student Worker with Programming Skills

Updated: 3 months ago

Do you want to support sustainable production worldwide?

If you are motivated to guide innovation by developing computational infrastructure to quantify sustainability performance and you are looking for an opportunity, by doing so to contribute to a sustainable transition, you have it right here.

As an internationally reputed elite university, DTU is at the forefront of innovation related to “the sustainable transition”. At the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), we are specifically looking for new ways to support the sustainable production of bio-chemicals, and that is why we need you and all your good programming skills.

The project is aimed towards channelling data originating from fundamental research to an interactive interface for researchers to vary their process parameters and visualize the corresponding sustainability performance. Please note that the position is a time-limited position for 1 year, from the date of hire. The weekly working hour is expected to be 20 hours.

Guide innovation by integrating economic and environmental impact workflows
Your job is to build a computational infrastructure to automate data gathering from standalone Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Assessment simulators. You will do so by harnessing existing interfaces to store the data into databases. Eventually, the stored data would be displayed in an interactive and customized dashboard interface. Specifically, you will be responsible for setting up an easy-to-maintain workflow, while automating the entire process with minimal manual intervention.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Work with scientists and engineers to gather economic and environmental impact data.
  • You will be harnessing data from standalone Techno-Economic Simulators and Life Cycle Assessment Tools (Typically having VBA and COM Interfaces).
  • Provide recommendations on good practices to be followed to automate the workflow using existing VBA Interfaces and novel Python-based implementations.
  • You are responsible to store the generated data in a database.
  • Being the key person, responsible for gathering and storing data into databases, it is expected of you to design workflows that minimize computational time.
  • You will be responsible to fetch information from the database and assisting in developing and automating front-end dashboards to showcase the economic and environmental impacts interactively.

Your ideas and inputs e.g., new methods, tools and analysis are highly welcomed.

Education in Computer Sciences with a sound understanding of a Databases
We are looking for a profile with the motivation and drive needed for making a difference that matters. As you will join a multidisciplinary team, you must bring a flexible and adaptable mindset. Additionally, you must like to create results via collaboration with people with different professional and cultural backgrounds. To succeed, it is also important that you thrive on making decisions based on limited information. Additionally, your CV comprises of:

  • Education (bachelors or higher) in computer science or similar. Students pursuing Master’s degree in relevant fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Hands-on experience with languages such as Python in back-end and front-end implementation.
  • Ability to code in multiple programming languages, such as Python, VBA etc., based on the need of the project.
  • Please feel free to share your work (website, automated workflow etc..) by appending the information along with the CV explaining the tools/projects developed in the past.

Your New Team - Sustainable Innovation Office
At DTU Biosustain, you will work in the Sustainable Innovation Office. Our focus is to guide innovation at an early stage by assessing the benefits (economic and environmental) of developed bio-based technologies. Our goal is to develop a computational toolbox that provides insights to guide the research community in DTU and beyond to assess the sustainability of bio-based products. Our work environment is informal and characterised by knowledge sharing, respect, trust and room for having a good time together – naturally balanced with creating tangible results. Now we are just looking forward to welcoming you to the team.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the multi-union collective agreement for the Confederation of Teachers Unions and the Danish Confederation of Public Employees of 2010 (LC/CO10) and the trade union agreement for public service IT employees (PROSA).

Working hours are on average 20 hours per week and can be organized flexibly in relation to holidays, exams, etc. Starting date is 1st March (or according to mutual agreement). The employment runs as long as you are an active student.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 15 February 2022Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and documentation for study activity.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Sumesh Sukumara (Team Leader, Sustainable Innovation Office) via email at

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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 with three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods.

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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. 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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