Software Developer for Econometric Web-services

Center for Biosustainability
Tuesday 15 May 18

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The Global Econometric Modeling group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is looking for a talented and motivated software engineer to maintain databases and create visualization tools for analyzing market variables and econometric simulations.

The project is responsible for performing model-based evaluation of the technological feasibility and economic viability of commodity bio-based chemicals. The knowledge and predictions of this group would be utilized to provide DTU Biosustain with target molecules with commercialization potential. In particular, the goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive multi-scale and multi-sector model of the commodity chemical industry, encompassing both petrochemical and biochemical technologies. The outcomes from the framework and associated models will guide the selection of chemical products, biomass feedstocks, host organisms and process technologies to focus on, at DTU Biosustain.

Job description
The software engineer will be responsible for developing and maintaining databases for market, trade and financial information on chemical compounds. Subsequently, utilizing it to design and develop an appealing and intuitive web service that integrates visualizations of the data with our techno-economic simulations. The service will need to encompass static and dynamic data representation, elaborate interactive dashboards to comprehensively explore economic and market data and real-time economic and market indicators. As a successful candidate will join a team of analysts and modelers working on techno-economic and market analysis of sustainable chemical production.

Primary areas of responsibility

  • Design object-relational data models, methods and the API for a web service for econometric and market analysis
  • Maintain databases based on evolving data requirement from the model and analysis
  • Develop a web user interface for the service, including UI components and visualizations
  • Communicate with researchers and other developers to collect requirements and jointly create and improve components of the service
  • Distribute, collaborate on, and deploy the service using version control (git), continuous integration (CI) and Docker
Our expectations on you
A degree in Computer Science or similar or equivalent work experience in software engineering.
  • Able to write high quality, structured, and maintainable code
  • Demonstrable experience developing web applications using a combination of modern JavaScript frameworks and backend web services written in Python or similar
  • Knows how to write helpful documentation and proper unit tests
  • Good interpersonal skills — able to work with technical and scientific staff with different roles and professional backgrounds and willingness to learn from others

If you have public profiles on GitHub or StackExchange or any significant open source contributions, please send us the details in your CV or cover letter.

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.

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 job contract offered to the qualifying candidates would terminate by the end of 2020.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 7 June 2018. You can apply for the position online at 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 Sumesh Sukumara ( or Miguel Campodonico (

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 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.
24 MAY 2018