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Research Assistant for Biotech Project

Technical University of Denmark - Center for Biosustainability

Location: Lyngby - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 26th November 2019
Closes: 5th January 2020

The Synthetic Biology Tools for Yeast section at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking a research assistant for a development project focusing on sustainable production and stable delivery of bioactive plant natural products in microorganisms by deployment of advanced synthetic biology and metabolic engineering techniques.

Focus and scope

To support our team’s translational R&D activities, and further advance our visions for delivery of new supply chains for bioactive natural products, we seek a research assistant with a focus on:

  • Molecular cloning and strain construction
  • Media preparation
  • Cultivation of microorganisms
  • Analytical sample preparation
  • Data analysis

Responsibilities and tasks

First and foremost, as a research assistant in our team, you will work closely with our scientist to support, expand and implement synthetic biology technologies, including advanced genome engineering, HTP screening, and data-driven machine learning, for efficient engineering microbes to produce valuable bioactives. Moreover, in your daily work you will maintain and facilitate efficient workflows with a focus on media preparation, cultivations, and molecular biology for strain engineering and genotyping, and will be expected to closely collaborate with a team of 5-10 researchers with expertise within strain engineering, biochemistry, pathway discovery, and synthetic biology with expertise within strain engineering, biochemistry, pathway discovery, and synthetic biology.


The ideal candidate will:

  • have a strong motivation to support our mission to engineer biology for societal and environmental impact
  • thrive to work in the lab and help colleagues
  • have solid organizational skills and take pride in your work
  • be eager to trouble-shoot random tasks arising in a start-up
  • be able to navigate and adapt to changes in a fast-paced environment
  • have ideally 1+ year experience in molecular biology, particular CRISPR-based strain engineering, gene assembly, DNA preps, transformation, and PCR
  • hold a MSc degree in a biology-related field or equivalent experience
  • have decent oral and written skills in English
  • have a proactive attitude and good communication skills.

We offer

We offer an exciting, collaborative, hard-working, and entrepreneurial team focusing on translational research and innovation with both societal and environmental impacts. The position offers a unique possibility of being a part of a team working on a truly translational project involving close collaboration with BDs and entrepreneurial experts. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism in our team, so skills development and knowledge-transfer are integral parts of our agile well-resourced organization.

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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The job contract offered to the qualifying candidates would terminate by the end of 2022. Expected starting date: January 2020 or soonest possible hereafter

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Jie Zhang ( You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 5 January 2020 (local time).  

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