Full-stack Developer for Synthetic Biology Platform

Center for Biosustainability
Tuesday 05 Dec 17

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The focus of The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is synthetic biology and strain design. Living cells are being genetically modified in order to produce chemicals in a sustainable way. The list of things that can be made by engineered strains includes biofuels, bioplastics, drugs, food supplements and much more.

Engineering a living cell is an incredibly hard task. Mathematical and computational models are being developed in order to make computer-aided design of biology possible. The project we are hiring you for is about building a web platform to provide easy access to metabolic models so the development of new strains becomes faster and cheaper. The platform already has the capabilities of modifying cells right in your browser window and constraining the models with real experimental data in order to gain insights about cell metabolism. You can get more information about the project at http://dd-decaf.eu/.

The job
We are looking for a full-stack developer with a strong focus on the frontend. You will be dealing with biological concepts every day, discovering the best ways to operate with genes and biochemical reactions. Deep understanding of biology is not a requirement though, most of the developers in the institute were able to gain the necessary knowledge after joining the team. Our technology stack at the moment is

  • AngularJS (ongoing migration to Angular 5), Angular Material, Typescript
  • Python3.6 for the backend services (aiohttp framework) and core scientific libraries
  • Postgres, MongoDB, Redis, Neo4j
  • Docker
Primary areas of responsibility
As a full-stack developer, you will be contributing to the next generation metabolic modeling software. Your responsibilities will relate mostly to the frontend side with the share of backend tasks to be adjusted depending on your interests and abilities. Your main tasks would include:
  • Developing new features and interfaces while maintaining clean and coherent codebase
  • Collaborating with the project partners outside of the team if needed
  • Participating in regular meetings where the team members altogether discuss the progress and the next steps
Our expectations of you
The competences that will be required:
  • A degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Data Science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience with Angular, AngularJS or another modern JavaScript framework
  • Experience with building and using REST APIs
  • Git version control
Would be a plus to have experience with:
  • Working with complex and/or biological data
  • Python web frameworks (Django, Flask, aiohttp)
  • Scientific Python stack (numpy, scipy, pandas etc)
  • Docker and orchestration tools (Kubernetes etc)
  • Agile development (Scrum etc)
You are also expected to be able to work in a highly collaborative environment, inside the team as well as with the other project partners. DTU team is a part of a larger consortium and, playing a role of a software and infrastructure partner, we keep close relations and regular interactions with most of the other groups. Thus fluent written and spoken English is essential. The proficiency in Danish language is not a requirement.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Furthermore we offer:
  • A meaningful project mission of making a step towards green sustainable economy
  • A multidisciplinary team of software engineers and computational biologists
  • A budget for self-development activities, courses and conferences. We believe that learning is crucial for success and motivation
  • Horizontal team structure where everybody has a voice and can make impactful decisions
  • Social life; the institute is located on the campus of the Technical University of Denmark and has an in-house gym, a library, a brewing club and much more

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The position is limited until February 28, 2020. The working place will be at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than Friday, 12 January 2018.  You can apply for the position online at www.career.dtu.dk. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Senior Researcher, Nikolaus Sonnenschein (niso@biosustain.dtu.dk).

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

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.