Job:Research Assistant in the Systems Environmental Microbiology Group at DTU Biosustain
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Maximize your learning curve while contributing to sustainable bioproduction of novel compounds and materials

Microbiology (SEM) Group at the world-renowned Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)? Would you like to engage in an international collaborative team with a vibrant working environment and the motivation to change our society towards a greener, more sustainable future? Are you looking to join a synthetic biology and metabolic engineering team to help to shape a green sustainable bioeconomy by extending nature’s production boundaries? Then you are looking at the right position: as a Research Assistant (RA) at the SEM Lab, you can consolidate your profile to state-of-the-art molecular and microbiological methods that will be the cornerstones for your future career development, regardless of if you want to pursue academic or industrial research. Together with the SEM team, you have the unique opportunity to develop your skills and profile and engage in exciting research challenges.

Responsibilities and qualifications

After initial training, you will be responsible for weekly assigned tasks that will cover different molecular and microbiological methods within the SEM group, allowing you to gain hands-on experiences in various techniques.

Your tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Strain engineering of P. putida by generating multiple genome knockouts
  • Generating and maintaining genetic part libraries
  • Construction of heterologous pathways and functional expression
  • Strain characterization, e.g., by growth profiling
  • Protein expression and setting enzyme assays
  • Preparation of required materials, e.g., culture media and buffers

We are looking for an RA who has relevant experience in molecular and microbiological methods and holds a master’s degree in biotechnology, bioengineering, or a similar discipline. Recently-graduated master graduates with laboratory experience are encouraged to apply.

Required skills

  • Cloning techniques
  • Experienced in genetic engineering and cultivation of microbes (experience with Pseudomonas will be considered highly advantageous)
  • Reliable, detail-oriented, and highly organized work approach
  • Critical thinking to communicate and solve technical challenges
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

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 position is limited to 1 year.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Nicolas Krink ( Please use Research Assistant Position as the subject. You can read more about Systems Environmental Microbiology group here:

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 June 2021 (Danish time).

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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
  • Academic Diplomas (BSc & MSc)
  • Contact Details of References

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

The Systems Environmental Microbiology (SEM) group is part of the Department of Sustainable Chemicals at the Novo Nordic Center for Biosustainability at the DTU. We are exploiting the unique metabolic and physiological characteristics of Pseudomonas putida and other environmental bacteria for metabolic engineering. Supported by cutting-edge synthetic biology approaches, our main goal is to push the boundaries of bacterial metabolism towards the sustainable bioproduction of novel, added-value chemicals.

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.

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