Research Assistant to ground-braking microbial strain engineering

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
March 26 2021
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Give your future career the best possible launch pad
If you have a Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or equivalent and you are looking for just the right job to kick start your career, you have found it. You will join DTU Biosustain where 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.

You will be part of a world class scientific R&D environment providing you with the best possible opportunities for a steep learning curve. At the same time, you will make your personal and important contribution to our development of a new Bio Foundry in Denmark. You will join our newly established DNA Foundry team and play your vital role in building a positive and welcoming culture characterized by ambitions, trust, respect and helpfulness. Please note that the assignment is limited for a 3-year period.

Molecular biology, foundry equipment, reagents and materials, communication…
As Research Assistant in our DNA Foundry team your mission is to contribute to the development of a new strain engineering platform that facilitates strain construction to validation. You can look forward to be working with the latest technologies and equipment and collaborate with top class scientists from all over the world. You will assist within:

  • Optimizing molecular biology SOPs like plasmid construction, PCRs, DNA assembly, transformation, genome editing and NGS
  • Operating various foundry equipment like colony pickers, liquid handlers, NGS and Nanopore
  • Preparing reagents and materials including media and buffers
  • Ordering reagents and lab wares and maintenance of related inventory
  • Communicate results and process deviations

  • Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or equivalent
    We are looking for a profile that likes to learn new things via an open-minded and positive collaboration. You must thrive in a global environment and be able to communicate with an understanding of cultural and professional differences. As you will be part of a brand new team, you must also be motivated by handling a broad spectrum of tasks – and come forward with your ideas on optimizing work processes. Additionally, your CV comprises:
  • A Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or equivalent
  • Experience in some or several of the following: PCRs, plasmid construction, bacterial transformation, DNA extraction, microbial culturing, NGS
  • Experience in optimizing and following complicated protocols and SOPs
  • Experience in and motivation for reporting results in digital format i.e., electronic lab Notebook and LIMS.

  • 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.

    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.
    Please note that the assignment is limited for a 3-year period.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Further information
    If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Scientific Coordinator and Group Leader Vijayalakshmi Kandasamy at

    If necessary, we will 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.

    Application procedure
    Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 April 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 (MSc)
  • If relevant list of publications

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

    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 12,000 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.