Postdoc in Synthetic Biochemistry and Metabolic Engineering

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Applications are invited for 1-year Post-doctoral fellowship in the field of Metabolic Engineering of Pseudomonas putida. The proposed start date is April/May 2020. The project aims at expanding the biochemical landscape of bacterial cell factories to access new-to-Nature products through the implementation of synthetic metabolism in bacterial cell factories. The successful applicant shall work independently on the development of high-impact research projects in which a significant workload is expected to advance the research successfully. The candidate will work within a team to develop their independent project, while also contributing to projects of other team members. They will also be responsible for the execution of all aspects of the project including both experimental and computational tasks―and support will be available for all aspects from fellow laboratory members at the Systems Environmental Microbiology group and core facilities at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.


Responsibilities and tasks
The appointed person will be expected to (i) work to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects, (ii) interact with other researchers at the SEM Group and the Center for Biosustainability, and other leading partner institutions, (iii) interact in a professional manner with industrial partners in a highly multidisciplinary environment, (iv) report regularly both in the form of written reports and oral presentations (both internally and in conferences), (v) support the research team through training and supervision of other researchers and students, (vi) write scientific papers to high standard, and (vii) actively engage in drafting project proposals and applications.


Critical responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Intensive wet-lab work on Biochemistry, Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology in microorganisms.
  • Deep knowledge in high-throughput analytics, including LC-MS/MS analysis (targeted metabolomics and proteomics), GC-MS/MS analysis, and 13C-based technologies.
  • Engineering of novel biocatalysts, in particular in the form of alternative cultivation methods (e.g. biofilms and/or microbial communities).
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent.
  • Overall, preferred applicants will have excellent academic record of accomplishment, solid research experience, and will be highly motivated towards developing novel technologies and approaches for the production of new-to-Nature compounds, with a genuinely curious approach to Science.
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent written and oral English.
  • Hands-on experience in genome engineering of Pseudomonas will be positively evaluated.
  • Deep knowledge on analytics techniques (in particular, for metabolomics) is a must.
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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Workplace and period of employment:

  • The work place will be the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability, located in the Lyngby campus of the DTU.
  • The period of employment is 1 year.
Further information

Further information about the position and the required qualifications may be obtained from Dr. Pablo Ivan Nikel-Mayer, e-mail:


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Application procedure:

Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2019.


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 (M.Sc./Ph.D.)
  • 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 is an international research center at the Technical University of Denmark funded by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The center conducts research in metabolic engineering of cell factories, in silico systems biology, metagenomics, and plant biochemistry 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 will possess 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


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