Scientific coordinator for DNA foundry

Wednesday 13 Jan 21

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At DTU biosustain, we accelerate and improve strain design and build microbial strains that are used to enhance biosustainability. As a part of this CFB is currently in process of upgrading the core workflows with five components i.e., Genome Design, DNA foundry, ALE, Big Data Engine, and Genome Analytics.

DNA foundry supports the build part of the iterative Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle in the biofoundry aiming to create semi-synthetic production strains through targeted genome reduction and modularization. We strive to create a pipeline that facilitates high-throughput gene and pathway assemblies and genome-wide target specific gene editing.

What would your role look like
As a Scientific coordinator, you will be administrating the overall implementation of various build workflows and ensure reliable operations by working closely with team members and the stakeholders. As a part of this, you will continuously assess the demand of the workflows, prepare, and train the team towards changing requirements. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with stakeholders, set up priorities, manage projects, and allocate resources based on the requirements.
  • Gather and evaluate workflows and lead the implementation of synthetic biology workflows through foundry pipelines.
  • Coordinate the implementation of sequencing workflows using sequencing platforms including illumina platform.
  • Coordinate with team members and offer suggestions towards improving and streamlining operations.
  • Guide management in providing team members with development opportunities and schedule cross-training based on anticipated demand.

Our expectations of you
We are looking for a candidate who hold a PhD in microbial biotechnology, metabolic engineering, bioengineering, or a similar field. We expect you to thrive in a challenging, multi-cultural, cross-functional, and fast-paced environment.

Furthermore, you have

  • Experience in project management and stakeholder management
  • Experience in metabolic engineering and physiology of microbes including E. coli and lactic acid bacteria.
  • Experience in synthetic biology tools and method development including nucleic acid extraction, parts assembly, library construction, CRISPR-Cas9, genome editing ideally with E. coli and lactic acid bacteria
  • Experience in operating and managing illumina sequencing platforms and QC methods including fragment analyzer
  • Experience in developing NGS methods using automation
  • Experience in workflow development using external platforms, inventory management and instrument procurement.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Application and contact
Please submit your online applicatioj no later than 27 January 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration including CV, cover letter, diploma and if relevant list of publications.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Lars Keld Nielsen, If necessary, we will set up an additional phone call to ensure your understanding of the job and your many opportunities.

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 in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods.

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 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.