Research assistant at state-of-the-art biotechnology automation lab

Monday 07 Jun 21

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Do you want to develop your skills while making the world a better place?

If you have experience within laboratory automation in the life sciences, and you are looking for a job where you can further develop your skills and knowledge, where you can work with the newest equipment and technologies, and where you will contribute to groundbreaking scientific studies, this is it. Your personal efforts will contribute to the development of new treatments for diseases that we cannot fight today, to reducing the use of toxics in global farming, to reducing energy use in manufacturing, and to yet to be discovered bio-based technologies.

Broad lab responsibility across methods, projects, procedures and equipment
Your mission is to assist at our state-of-the-art lab at DTU Biosustain in Lyngby. We are working to develop new automation platforms to help the researchers at our center and abroad solve the most challenging problems in biology. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills at the very forefront of new lab methods and technologies and expand your knowledge considerately within synthetic biology. You will assist within:

  • The development and validation of automated methods on different types of integrated and customized automation workstations such as the Tecan EVO or Agilent Bravo
  • Troubleshooting and optimizing protocols in collaboration with domain experts. This will include prototyping automated workflows in SBS format labware
  • Preparing and inoculating cultures of various microbes for high throughput strain cultivation
  • Preparing and extracting samples from cell biomass for different omics analyses
  • Maintaining and servicing robotics and liquid handling equipment

Experience in microbiology and analytical chemistry as related to biotechnology
We are looking for a colleague with the same collaborative and open mindset that is a trademark for our group. As your primary objective is to provide critical support for our group, you must be willing to help with and to handle a broad spectrum of tasks in high throughput manner with the same dedication and attention to detail. We expect that you are eager to learn new things, to develop your skills, and are motivated to be a part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team. Added to this, your CV comprises:

  • MSc degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, automation or similar field
  • Experience in microbiology and biochemistry (e.g., experience in suspension cultivation of microbes)
  • Experience in programming and operating liquid handlers and other automated laboratory equipment is an advantage.
  • Experience and/or interest in analytical chemistry is needed (e.g., metabolomics, fluxomics, and proteomics sample handling protocols)
  • Interest in working with script based programming (e.g. Python)

DTU Biosustain – your new department
At DTU Biosustain we use synthetic biology techniques for the development of advanced materials and chemicals, smart and sustainable agriculture, and personalized human health applications. We are breaking new land at the absolute forefront of what is possible.  We have the funding, the knowhow, and the latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment needed to succeed. You can learn more at

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.

Your new workplace is the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) at Building 220, Kemitorvet, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

The position is time limited until 31st of December 2023.

Application and contact
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 4 July 2021 (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
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)
  • If relevant, a list of publications

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Senior engineer - Head of Automation, Tadas Jakociunas at

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.