Postdoctoral Fellow in Yeast Metabolomics

The Yeast Metabolic Engineering group, DTU Biosustain
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
August 18 2020
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The Yeast Metabolic Engineering group develops novel yeast cell factories for the production of sustainable chemicals and natural products. We apply advanced genome editing, metabolic modeling, and ‘omic data analyses for data-guided strain design. We are looking for a motivated and talented researcher to join our team.

The position is within the metabolomics and transport proteins research fields.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will develop and apply non-targeted and targeted metabolome analyses for studying the transport of small molecules into and out of yeast cells. In collaboration with other team members, you will apply the knowledge to create and improve yeast cell factories.

Specific tasks:

  • Development of innovative approaches to study the transport of small molecules using mass spectrometry
  • Experimental design, hands-on data acquisition and analysis
  • Reporting results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences and meetings
  • Collaboration within the group and within DTU Biosustain, participation in international collaborations

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience with MS-based microbial metabolome analysis
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Experience with yeast genome editing is desirable
  • Experience and skill in data visualization
  • Previous experience with transporter research is a plus
  • Excellent track-record of scientific achievements (publications, patents, awards, grants, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated research tasks, and also to be a part of the large research team
  • Experience in project planning and supervision of students or laboratory technicians
  • Team spirit and excellent collaboration skills
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment ability
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent written and oral English
  • Well-organized, efficient, result-oriented, have excellent record keeping abilities.

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 period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Irina Borodina, tel.: +45 21 79 86 57.

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Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2020 (23:59 local 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)
  • Diploma (PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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.

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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 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.