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    Opportunity: Postdoc in Bacterial Community Engineering @ DTU Biosustain -- Lyngby, Greater Copenhagen, Denmark
    Submitted by Signatur AS; posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021


    Do you want to break new ground at the absolute forefront of science?

    Have you completed a PhD in Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Molecular Biology or equivalent and are you looking for the best place to set your scientist career on tracks? If so, you have found it.

    You will be working alongside a unique EU funded project with a 40 mill. Euro budget. The goal is to engineer the next generation thermophilic bacterial cell factories and by that enable production of valuable chemicals from renewable resources. We are confident that we e.g. will be able to develop sustainable solvents used in the global plastic industry and by that replace the use of enormous amounts of fossil-based components.

    Focus on anaerobic and aerobic bacteria in artificially designed communities
    You will be part of a science team headed by prof. Alex Toftgaard Nielsen at DTU Biosustain where you will be surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment and world-class scientists from all over the world. We will be 5-8 in Denmark and approx. the same at our sister team in Norway.


    More specifically, you will contribute to engineering the next generation thermophilic bacterial cell factories. You and your team colleagues will combine methods from diverse fields such as systems and synthetic biology, computational modelling, strain engineering, biochemistry and fermentation technology to construct robust and highly efficient production strains and processes.

    You will especially be working with anaerobic and aerobic bacteria in artificially designed communities that will efficiently convert selected substrates into valuable chemicals. In particular, your tasks will include:
    • Designing functional bacterial communities based on metabolic interactions
    • Cultivation of various strains and optimization of growth conditions and media
    • Fermentation of selected strains and co-cultures in bioreactors at different scales
    • Presenting results on a regular basis


    PhD with experience from working with anaerobic organisms and fermentation:
    We are looking for a colleague that likes to create results via good and positive team work. As part of this you must thrive in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and highly interactive environment where knowledge sharing and collaboration are key to succeed. As you will be trusted to drive own tasks forward (micro management is not the way we work), you must be very good at planning not only your own tasks but also when involving multiple stakeholders. Additionally, your CV comprises:
    • PhD in Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Molecular Biology or equivalent
    • Demonstrated working experience with anaerobic organisms
    • Motivation for building skills within fermentation technology in bioreactors and investigating microbial consortia using various techniques
    • Motivation for designing and studying next generation of consortia-based production systems
    • Motivation for building skills within Gram positive and/or thermophilic bacteria
    • High level English skills, written and spoken


    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.

    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 2 years preferably starting at the beginning of 2022.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here:


    Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 December 2021 (Danish time). Please apply at

    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 (MSc/PhD)
    • List of publications
    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    Further information:
    If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Alex Toftgaard Nielsen at atn[at] Then we can set up an additional phone call to ensure your understanding of the job and your many opportunities.

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


    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

    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.


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

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