Bioinformatician with software engineering skills

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Do you want to break new ground and develop your skills to the benefit of mankind?

Does your knowledge span biology and software engineering? Are you looking for a job where you will be working with the latest technologies and at the same time contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future? If so, you have found it. Your work will enable Scientists at DTU Biosustain create innovative microbial strains used in environmentally friendly chemical production of tomorrow – faster and with higher quality. You can look forward to be part of a very exciting, international, world class R&D environment. A steep learning curve, influence and impact is guaranteed. Please note that the position is limited for a 3 years period.

Develop scientific software to enable scientists create better products and solutions
At DTU Biosustain we create novel methods and technologies as a foundation for development of new environment friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate friendly farming, etc. As combined Bioinformatician and Software Engineer your overall focus is to make scientific software a cornerstone in the process of new discoveries and product development.

You will work with both optimisation of existing tools and contribute to the further development of our ground-breaking new informatics platform named Lifelike. Lifelike is a knowledge management and data analytics platform that stores knowledge in a human and machine-readable format that allows researchers and computers to work together in understanding and solving complex problems, including some of the world’s greatest challenges. Lifelike is a result of our focus on using cutting edge technology to support cutting edge science. We have utilized the newest knowledge within Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and knowledge graphs. More specifically you will:

  • Share your domain expertise in Biology as needed with the team
  • Develop algorithms and/or incorporating existing algorithms into our platform
  • Develop web user interface components using Bootstrap, web services and REST APIs
  • Develop text mining applications
  • Develop backend code in Python, Flask
  • Carry out automated testing for our applications
  • Contribute to applying Agile software development practices

Our current technologies and tools

  • Persistence and caching: PostgreSQL, Redis, Neo4J, Elasticsearch, Azure SQL Database
  • Web service: Python 3, Flask, SQLAlchemy, Graphene (GraphQL)
  • Web interface: Angular, Angular Material, TypeScript, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Apollo (GraphQL)
  • Deployment & CI: NGINX, Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, GitHub Actions
  • Clouds: Google and Azure

You will join a team of Computer Scientists, Biology Professionals and Data Science Specialists based in Copenhagen and the US. You will be based at DTU in Lyngby, Copenhagen. Our culture is characterised by trust, knowledge sharing, joined decisions and helpfulness. Travelling is not part of the job but as we work closely together with colleagues in the US, you must be ready to do some calls outside normal office hours.  

Experience in computational biology or life science and computer science
You can be newly graduated or more experienced – we can match the tasks to ensure inspiring challenges and on-going development no matter how much experience you have. We are looking for profiles that are able to plan and manage their work independently. Naturally, we will support you, but we do not want to micro manage your work – we have complete faith in that you deliver as agreed and/or raise the flag in due time if your need help.

As you will be working with cutting edge technologies, you will need all of your curiosity and your additional drive for investigating new topics proactively. As you will deliver components to complex solutions you will need both a holistic overview to understand how your bits and bytes best fit into the whole picture and additional sense of detail to ensure the quality of your deliverables. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • A university degree in Bioinformatics
  • Experience in computational biology or life science and computer science
  • Good understanding of both computational and biological concepts
  • Familiarity with databases (SQL) and scripting
  • GitHub knowledge
  • Agile knowledge
  • Good Python programming skills
  • Experience with graphical UI libraries

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 application no later than 24 September 2020. 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 have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Vincenzo Capuano, Director Software and Data Architecture at

All qualified 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. Learn more at

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