Automation Technician/Assistant (Time-limited)

Thursday 08 Aug 19

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The AutoFlow group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB), at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking a skilled laboratory technician to assist with automated cell screening, analytical chemistry, and next generation sequencing workflows.

DTU Biosustain is focused on developing the next generation of cell factories and engineered micro-organisms deploying advanced metabolic engineering techniques for bio sustainability, agriculture, and human health applications.

AutoFlow Group
The AutoFlow group at CFB translates, builds, and maintains automated workflows for high-throughput microbial cell factory development using various robots and liquid handling equipment. Core workflows within AutoFlow including automated strain construction, strain screening, and sample handling for multi-omics analysis. The AutoFlow group collaborates extensively other scientific and technical groups within the CFB including software engineering, genome engineering, analytics, and next generation sequencing.

Job description

Job responsibilities include:

  • Developing and validating automated methods on different types of integrated and customized automation workstations such as Tecan EVO
  • Preparing media, inoculum, and other reagents used for high throughput strain cultivation.
  • Preparing next generation sequencing (NGS) samples for DNA re-sequencing and RNA sequencing.
  • Prototyping automated workflows in SBS format lab ware using 8-channel pipettes
  • Troubleshooting and optimizing protocols in collaboration with domain experts
  • Maintaining robotics and liquid handling equipment

The qualification requirements are:

  • Technical education in automation, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or similar field
  • Experience and/or interest in microbiology and biochemistry is needed.  In particular, the candidate should have extensive experience in suspension cultivation of microbes and/or mammalian cells
  • Experience and/or interest in analytical chemistry and NGS is needed.  In particular, it would be desirable if the candidate had experience in metabolomics, fluxomics, proteomics, DNA re-sequencing, and RNA sequencing sample handling protocols
  • Competence in script based programming (e.g. Python) preferably applied to automation systems is recommended
  • Experience programming and operating liquid handlers and other automated laboratory equipment is desired (but not necessary)
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team is a must

In the assessment of the candidate, consideration will be given to candidates with:

  • The ability to work both independently and within a team atmosphere
  • The ability to problem solve, plan, and execute
  • The ability to communicate and collaborate

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 terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the current agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and HK/STAT for office workers, laboratory technicians and IT staff, the Joint Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and Public Employee Organizations or the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The place of work will be the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) at Building 220, Kemitorvet, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

The position is time limited, ending date is 31.12.2020.

Application and contact
We must have your online application by 30 August 2019.
Please open the link "apply online" and fill in the application form and attach your application (in English), CV and diploma.

Further information may be obtained from Douglas McCloskey (

Additional information on CFB can be found at

Additional information on Automation Team can be found at

We expect you to start as soon as possible. Interviews will be held in September 2019.

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

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is an international research center at the Technical University of Denmark funded by a grant of 1.1 billion DKK from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The Center conducts research in metabolic engineering of cell factories, in silico systems biology and bioinformatics with the purpose of developing new processes and technologies that can support a more sustainable bio-based production of valuable chemicals in the future. The Center brings together some of the world's leading researchers in the field and possesses the advanced equipment and facilities required for achieving its ambitious research goals. Impact on society by innovation has a high priority and the Center collaborates worldwide with biotech companies and chemical industries to facilitate the dissemination and exploitation of its results. Additional information can be found at

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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.