Senior Researcher in the field of fungal natural products

Friday 30 Oct 20

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The Yeast Natural Products Section at the Center for Biosustainability is seeking a dedicated senior researcher (co-Principle Investigator) to lead a team of scientists and engineers to engineer yeast to produce a variety of natural and unnatural products. The goal of the work in this section is to develop a Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) platform for production of natural fungal polyketides and non-ribosomal peptides and for refactoring these pathways to produce unnatural products for human health, agriculture, and a variety of other applications.

Responsibilities and tasks
The responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Coordination of all program related activities
  • Solicit input from relevant functions in project and ensure progress
  • Keep up to date and follow up on detailed Gantt charts and activity lists
  • Execute project wide update meetings
  • The senior researcher (co-Principle Investigator) will work in a highly motivated team of 5 researchers
  • Work closely with other PIs and co-PIs in the natural products sections at the CFB
  • Submit proposals for extramural funding from government and private agencies

Qualifications
Candidates must

  • hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc.

A qualified candidate has/is:

  • +5 years of research management experience from industry or academics
  • Highly motivated by the potential of natural products and yeast as a production platform
  • Hard working and dedicated to their work
  • Team player with a desire to help his/her colleagues succeed
  • Strong writing and communication skills

On a personal level our section strives for an environment that is motivating and ambitious while also being open, collaborative and friendly. We are motivated by the potential of our work to have a real impact on the world and generally we have an applied mind set. Accordingly, it is important that you as a candidate are able to interact positively with people, are a team player and have high ambitions. You should be a hard worker and be able to motivate people to perform at their best.

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

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Jay Keasling, email: jaykea@biosustain.dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at www.biosustain.dtu.dk

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 11 December 2020 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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.

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 biosustain.dtu.dk

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