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DTU Professor Position in Synthetic Bacterial Metabolism and Neo-biochemistry, Denmark Jun 2022


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Professor in Synthetic Bacterial Metabolism & Neo-biochemistry, Denmark – Jun 2022

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General Info

Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

You are also expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels in close collaboration with other departments. DTU Biosustain organizes special courses on Synthetic Biology, Cell Factory Design and Metabolic Engineering, in which the candidate fulfilling this position is expected to actively contribute. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

Emphasis is placed on applicants having the potential to continue to develop the research area and have documented original scientific production at international level. The qualification requirements are:

  • A PhD degree in microbiology, bioengineering or similar field
  • Relevant postdoctoral/group leader experience; experience in managing a research group covering topics like natural products, bioinformatics, and metabolic engineering
  • A high level of original scientific production at international level that has contributed to the further development of the subject area in question.
  • High productivity and profiling
  • Significant input that contributes to the development of the subject area, including identification and cultivation of new fields of research
  • Initiative and impact vis-à-vis sponsors, recipients, and partners
  • Documented teaching experience and appreciable contribution to research-based educational programs and PhD supervision.

Consideration will also be given to:

  • the ability to collaborate with major international partners within and outside of DTU Biosustain in order to enhance group capabilities
  • a well-established network within the Natural Products and Metabolic Engineering research community and internationally leading research groups
  • an experience in managing diverse research operations, including track record of attracting talented PhD and postdoc researchers
  • a documented research experience and research leadership
  • the experience in working with wet-lab- and bioinformatics-personnel
  • documented ability to attract top tier funding (e.g. ERC grants or similar).

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Responsibilities/Job Description

DTU Biosustain is a research centre with the overall mission of contributing to research, development, and innovation within discovery of novel biosynthesis routes and exploration of compounds suitable for a sustainable bioproduction, as well as design and manufacturing of industrially robust cell factories.


The position involves research, publication, scientific dissemination and research-based teaching at highest international level. Translational activities will also play a key role. In addition, assignments will include:

  • Research leadership in order to strengthen and develop the research field
  • Day-to-day management of the research group operations including scientific guidance and mentoring of group members
  • Development of the specific research area
  • Teaching at graduate and undergraduate courses at the Technical University of Denmark related to the professorship’s field of expertise
  • Facilitation of technology transfer and spin-off activities
  • External collaboration, e.g. with other research institutions, relevant industry and European consortia
  • Guidance and supervision of assistant professors, researchers and PhD students
  • Academic assessment work

This professorship at DTU Biosustain is expected to significantly contribute to developing emerging engineering strategies towards establishing synthetic metabolism (neo-biochemistry) in bacterial cell factories. Recent advances in the field of synthetic biology provide the enabling technologies necessary to bring chemical reactions to living cells that were not possible to implement hitherto. Innovative approaches on how to establish these neo-biochemistries in engineered bacteria are therefore needed towards biosynthesis of novel chemicals and materials. Likewise, establishing synthetic metabolism for assimilation of alternative, cost-effective carbon substrates (e.g. C1 feedstock) will be a focus of the position. Moreover, the use of non-traditional, metabolically-versatile and robust hosts (e.g. Pseudomonas and other environmental bacteria) will offer the possibility of engineering synthetic metabolism involving harsh chemistries.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 22 June 2022 (Danish 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Chief Scientific Officer, Dina P. Nielsen +45 4172 7937 or Chief Operating Officer, Bo Skjold Larsen, +45 4525 8008.

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at . If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

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