Professor in Antibody Technology

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
March 31 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Faculty, Other

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Technical University of Denmark–DTU invites applications for a position as Professor in Antibody Technology. The position will be placed in the section for Protein Science and Biotherapeutics with about 100 staff members.

The Section performs high-impact research and innovation aiming at harnessing the biotechnological, diagnostic, and therapeutic potential of proteins with particular focus on immunology, antibody research, cutting-edge proteome technologies, phage display, mammalian cell technology, glycoengineering, and high-throughput screening and diagnostics. The Section also teaches BSc and MSc students in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunology and has extensive international and national collaborations with top academic institutions, as well as industrial and clinical partners.

For this position, the research field is antibody technologies, including antibody discovery, design and development and application of leading-edge antibody technologies for the development of new methodologies and applications within diagnostics, therapeutics, and industrial technical purposes with an additional focus on toxinology and recombinant antivenoms.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As professor, you will become responsible for managing an ambitious research programme within antibody technologies, including antibody discovery and development through the application of leading-edge in vitro technologies, such as phage display, alternative binding proteins, and biosynthetic antigen design, and utilization of high-throughput technologies for analysis of antibody characteristics. The position will also involve the application of antibodies and binding proteins for both diagnostic, therapeutic, and industrial technical purposes in the fields of infectious diseases, envenomings, feed/food, and precision engineering of microbiomes in plants, animals, and humans. Finally, the position will have a strong link to innovation and entrepreneurship activities, including industrial collaboration and spin-out of biotech companies. It is also expected that the position will involve teaching within discovery and development of biotherapeutics, as well as strong cross-departmental collaboration with research groups in proteins science, microbiome research, biophysics, mammalian cell technology, diagnostics, and synthetic biology.

The successful applicant will have several of the following qualifications:

  • A strong track record in antibody technologies, including phage display and high-density peptide microarray technology
  • Broad knowledge and experience with hybridoma technology, B cell sequencing, and animal immunization
  • Significant experience within the application of antibodies and antibody technologies within animal envenomings, infectious diseases, and applied microbiome research
  • Expert or key opinion leader status in minimum one scientific field within Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Significant experience with innovation and entrepreneurship, including start-up of biotech companies
  • Experience with international research policy advice at a high level
  • Documentable track record for independent scientific writing
  • Strong track record in acquisition of funding (both grant funding and venture capital for start-ups)
  • A strong track record for leading a research group and attracting, retaining, and nourishing talent
  • Experience and education in university teaching and supervision
  • Documented leadership training
  • A strong drive to deliver significant societal impact

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization, and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Consideration will also be given to the candidates’ potential for further development as internationally leading scientists.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ulrich auf Dem Keller, tel.: +45 2112 6145.

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
Please submit your online application no later than 27 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) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • Innovation & entrepreneurship statement, including listing of co-foundership of companies and organization

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

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

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in the areas of biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses, and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 275 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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