Research Data and LIMS Management – Student assistant

Tuesday 21 Jun 22

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Do you want a key role in building the best data foundation for world-class scientists?

If your professional interest is to be found in the span between natural science and IT, and you are motivated by a steep learning curve in a highly exciting environment, we have just the right job waiting for you. At DTU Biosustain you can look forward to be surrounded by a very international group of world-class scientists, subject matter experts and software engineers. Your work will be a pivotal part of the foundation for their groundbreaking research.

At DTU Biosustain we develop the next generation (bio) technology using synthetic biology techniques. We create novel methods and technologies as a foundation for development of new 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 mark to this.

Contribute to build and manage a top-class data management setup, based on FAIR principles
You will join the new Research Data Management (RDM) Team and play a central role in maintaining and evolving the infrastructure to better support the researchers and their data management processes at DTU Biosustain. Good data management is simply a cornerstone in achieving better research.

You will engage with researchers at all levels, from PhD students to group leaders to help improve the understanding of needs, processes, friction points, etc. with regards to research data management activities at DTU Biosustain.

Our wishlist of skills and knowledge

  • Good communication skills
  • Curiosity of coding and general IT
  • Experience working in a biotech or biology laboratory
  • Experience of carrying out research data management, based on FAIR principles

The day-to-day work
The main task is to support the Research Data Steward and the LIMS Administrator within the RDM Team. This support would generally takes the form of smaller tasks, such as:

  • Handling maintenance tasks in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software (Benchling), such as:
    • Adding/removing users or entities
    • Setting up new teams
    • Update information in our knowledgebase with best practices and new training materials.
  • Assisting in LIMS and RDM trainings, with tasks such as:
    • Setting up workshop facilities
    • Preparing materials
    • Collecting feedback and creating surveys
  • RDM and LIMS literacy landscape analysis, this would include:
    • Going around and ask researchers/employees at DTU Biosustain pre-defined questions.
    • Go around and observe the usage of LIMS in the laboratories.
    • Make a report, together with the Research Data Steward and the LIMS Admin.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement for student lecturers at universities etc. (SUL). 

The employment is for a minimum of 1 year but the end date will depend on the finalization of the project: “RDM and LIMS literacy landscape analysis” and tasks described. The employee will be updated on the project progress and termination on a continuous basis.

Working hours are 10-15 hours per week and can be organized flexibly in relation to holidays, exams, etc. Starting date is as soon as possible (or according to mutual agreement).

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 5 July 2022.

Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration including CV and cover letter.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Lea Sommer, Head of the Research Data Management team at

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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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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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 13,400 students and 5,800 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.