Post-doctoral researcher on yeast cell factories for natural product biosynthesis

Center for Biosustainability
Monday 25 Sep 17

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher for engineering natural product biosynthesis in yeast.

The Center conducts research on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of microbial and mammalian cell factories for chemical and therapeutic protein production.

The successful candidate will apply advanced synthetic biology tools for refactoring natural product biosynthesis in yeast in the Section for Synthetic Biology Tools for Yeast at DTU Biosustain, and be part of an interdisciplinary and international team developing advanced methods for strain construction and multiplex phenotyping.

The candidate will report directly to the group leader of the section and the scientific director, and will work in close collaboration with the research and technical staff involved in natural product biosynthesis in yeast. This position will also require working with part of the business development and iLoop teams to develop intellectual property, as well as attracting funding related to support start-up strategies.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Mine and refactor biosynthetic pathways for candidate natural product biosynthetic pathways in yeast
  • Use synthetic selection and omics data for pathway optimization
  • Strain characterization through analytical data analysis
  • Write and publish research manuscripts on obtained scientific results


  • Develop intellectual property (IP)
  • Participation in strategic planning, including technical feasibility assessment of synthetic biology tools for optimizing natural product biosynthesis in yeast and generation of IP
  • Support writing of grant applications in order to attract external research and proof-of-concept funding
  • Develop and maintain molecular biology SOPs for the section, incl. protocol development and operation of integrated robotic systems

The Researcher will work in close collaboration with the other project scientists at DTU, and with project partners in the US and EU.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a post-doctoral position. 

Further qualifications:

  • PhD and 1-2+ years working in a relevant field (biochemistry, chemical engineering, or related)
  • Excellent skills in biochemistry, molecular biology and metabolic engineering is required
  • Strong knowledge on analytical data analysis is required
  • Strong track-record and documented experience (eg. publications and/or patents) within the above-mentioned areas is required
  • Strong knowledge of microbial and/or plant metabolism is preferred
  • Experience with HTP assay development is preferred
  • Knowledge on pathway discovery is preferred
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems while maintaining a positive attitude is critical to success in this position

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to:

scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of the sections internal and external cooperation
  • the ability to work independently
  • the ability to attract funding

              We offer
              DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility.

              DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

              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 with the relevant union.

              The position is for 2 years.

              Place of work is DTU Lyngby Campus, Denmark.

              Further information
              Further information may be obtained from group leader of Section for Synthetic Biology Tools for Yeast, Co-Principal Investigator Michael Krogh Jensen ( or Scientific Director Jay D. Keasling (

              Application procedure
              Please submit your online application no later than Monday 23 October 2017.

              Apply online at 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)
              • CV
              • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
              • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
              • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.

                      Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

                      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 11,000 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.