Biofoundry Manager to world class science center

Wednesday 31 Aug 22

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Level up your career and contribute to development of bioindustry 4,0 and a sustainable future

If you have harvested experience as manager for a science team within microbial metabolic engineering or similar, and you are looking for the best place to make your next leadership career move, you have it right here. In a world-class setup with the newest equipment etc. you will manage a department of 20-25 top-class scientists and technicians in fourfive teams – all working with cutting-edge technologies within an area that experiences massive growth across industries and academia, globally.

At DTU Biosustain we develop the next generation (bio) technology using synthetic biology techniques and the Biofoundry plays a central role in this. We create novel methods and technologies as a foundation for development of sustainable and environment friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate friendly farming, etc. In other words, we try to solve some of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind, and you will get the chance to add your personal important mark on this.

Overall planning, resource allocation, budgeting and people management
As Biofoundry Manager your focus is classic management. This covers overall planning and prioritizations, resource allocation, budgeting and not to forget nurturing of a positive environment where people are inspired, motivated and developed.

The Biofoundry’s focus is construction and comprehensive characterization of microbial strains. We have typically 6-7 major projects running simultaneously added by a number of minor projects as well. You can read more about the Biofoundry here.

At the strategic level, you will work closely with the CTO Prof. Lars Keld Nielsen on the development and prioritization of design projects as well as the development of the Biofoundry resource for internal and external use. At the operational level, you will interact with the leaders of the design teams, the data engineering team and the academic group leaders within the Biofoundry.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Manage a team of 20-25 staff scientists, research assistants and technicians – with three team managers in direct report
  • Be responsible for overall planning and prioritizations – in dialogue with the CTO
  • Manage the overall budget and ensure right equipment etc.
  • Ensure and nurture an inspiring work environment characterized by motivating people management
  • Promote the Biofoundry as a vital contributor for the Danish biotech industry and society in general – secondary task
  • Develop your managerial skills as part of DTU’s Leadership Program

Managerial experience in microbial metabolic engineering or a related domain
We are looking for you that first and foremost are motivated by management. Via your scientific career you know how to head and motivate both scientists and technicians with an understanding of their different approaches, needs and wishes. This has also taught you to navigate in a complex stakeholder landscape with both internal and external stakeholders.

You can do so, because of your excellent overview and ability to apply structure to many parallel assignments and tasks. Additionally, you are very good at explaining “Why, Who, and When” – you can set a shared and common direction and light up the fire in the eyes of individuals and teams. The detailed “How” in the daily operation you can trustfully delegate to the team managers to handle.

Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • Minimum a Master’s degree in the biological domain
  • Experience in microbial metabolic engineering or a related domain
  • Experience as team manager and motivation for developing your managerial skills
  • Motivation for expanding your skills within automated workflows
  • Very good English skills, written and spoken

Further information
If you would like additional information about the position, please contact CTO, Professor Lars Keld Nielsen at

If necessary, we will set up an additional phone call to ensure your understanding of the job and your many opportunities.

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.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Your new workplace is DTU’s energized and inspiring main campus in Lyngby, Copenhagen.

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 28 September 2022 (Danish time).

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all materials to be given consideration including CV, cover letter, diploma and if relevant list of publications. Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing

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. Learn more at

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