Postdoc in Plant protein chemistry

Monday 11 Oct 21

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We are hiring a postdoc to undertake activities in enzymology and structural biology of plant enzymes in the Enzyme Engineering and Structural biology group of the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability at DTU.

The position’s research field is biocatalysis. The Enzyme Engineering and Structural Biology group develops enzyme biocatalysts for the industrial production of natural products such as aromas, fragrances, dyes and pharmaceuticals, with an emphasis on glycosylation. We use structural biology and protein chemistry as our primary tools. We strive to take a modern approach to these well-established disciplines, with multidimensional experimental setup and increased throughput. We are particularly interested in enzymatic glycosylation of natural products, as a tool to control solubility, volatility, stability, compartmentalization, and toxicity. For this, we focus on plant enzymes of the glycosyltransferase class. We work to elucidate glycosyltransferase structure-function relationships governing specificity, turn-over rate and stability.The group’s primary techniques are X-ray crystallography, HPLC, and machine learning.

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • Protein production
  • Independent investigations of enzyme activities and structures
  • Supervision and scientific communication
  • Dissemination of scientific results
  • Public outreach
  • Teaching

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Experience in protein chemistry and structural biology, preferably X-ray crystallography of plant glycosyltransferases is a must. We work collaboratively and strong team work skills are 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.

The period of employment is 1 year. The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ditte Hededam Welner, tel.: +45 93513498.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 October 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
  • 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 12,900 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.