Senior Researcher (Group Leader) in Genomics Sustainable Solutions

Wednesday 22 Jun 22

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If you are interested in establishing your career as an independent researcher and group leader in the area of computational solutions for sustainable microbial bioproduction, we offer you a challenging job as a senior researcher in an international environment at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark.

Your task will be to play an active role in shaping a strong data science research community at the Center. This includes the strengthening of our activities within analyses of high throughput genome data and the development of data science-driven approaches for our metabolic engineering-based application areas. DTU Biosustain has three large, well-established experimental research programs targeting the discovery of novel biosynthesis routes and exploration of compounds suitable for industrially robust microbial cell factories. The application areas of the three research programs include Microbial Foods, Sustainable Chemicals, and Natural Products. Our ideal candidate is interested in establishing strong interactions between experimental activities and genome analysis pipeline development.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop on the academic career track as independent group leader, as this position comes with a start-up package for funding a small team.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to develop novel mathematical, statistical and computational approaches, including the analysis of high-throughput genome data, to guide the study and engineering of microbial metabolism for sustainable bio-production of chemicals, natural compounds, and novel foods and ingredients. You will work and collaborate with researchers at DTU-Biosustain and other DTU departments, as well as national and international academic and industrial partners towards establishing strong application-driven data science capabilities at DTU.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Establish and manage a small research group.
  • Develop large-scale data analysis pipelines/tools, including haplotype-aware genetic and regulatory techniques for optimizing metabolism and microbial engineering.
  • Adapt large-scale open-source workflows to support the Center’s experimental application areas, ranging from microbial cell factory design to complete genomics to disease genetics and sustainable food production
  • Incorporate additional features in current pipelines/tools to meet the needs of experimental research and development applications and guide future experimental design.

You must contribute to teaching at the DTU. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The position is a full-time position as Senior Researcher.

We wish the candidate to start as soon as possible (according to mutual agreement).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from CSO, Dina Petranovic Nielsen (, or Scientific Coordinator, Sünje Johanna Pamp (

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 6 July 2022 (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)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Biosustain is a research centre with the overall mission of using big data approaches to accelerate research, development, and innovation within discovery of novel biosynthesis routes and exploration of compounds suitable for a sustainable bioproduction, as well as design and manufacturing of industrially robust cell factories.

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