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The Bacterial Synthetic Biology section at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is seeking a talented microbiologist for the development of sustainable food for the future. 

Currently food production for human’s accounts for about 35% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, takes up 38% of the earth’s landmass and requires 70% of global fresh water. While this is already unsustainable, the demand for food is growing with the population of the earth. We envision to reduce the carbon footprint, land- and water-use as well as factory farming by creating novel foods based on microbial biomass. As one third of the annual food production is either lost along the production chain or ends up as food waste (1.3 billion tons of food waste/year) we want to utilize food waste as input material to value the resources that stand behind the wasted products and to increase the sustainability of our novel foods even further. 

Microbial foods offer exciting opportunities, not only for the benefit of the environment and animal welfare, but also to modulate human nutrition tailored to improve human health. 

We work in an interdisciplinary team with a lot of creativity, enthusiasm and motivation to make an impact on the food production of the future. We offer an exciting research area with the potential to develop new food products in an entrepreneurial environment. We offer a well-resourced lab and a collaborative, supportive and social work environment.  

The specific project aims to explore microbial communities with synergistic effects on waste degradation and nutritious microbial biomass production. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The responsibilities of the position will include: 

  • Compiling a comprehensive literature overview
  • Modeling of metabolic pathways in microbial communities
  • High-throughput screening of microbial communities with improved properties
  • Analysis of nutrient composition
  • Analysis of substrate utilization

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. 

A qualified candidate has: 

  • Experience within microbiology
  • Experience in metabolic modeling would be beneficial
  • Experience with analyzing nutrient composition is regarded a plus
  • Highly motivated by the potential of microbial communities for the creation of sustainable food
  • Hard working and dedicated to their work
  • Team player with a desire to help his/her colleagues succeed
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Very well organized and planning oriented.

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. 

The period of employment is 3 years. The expected start date is January 2021. 

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Morten Sommer, Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below. 

You can read more about the Bacterial Synthetic Biology section here

Application procedure 
Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2020 (local 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
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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 12,000 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.