Assistant or Associate Professor in Fermentation Scale Translation

DTU Kemiteknik
onsdag 30 maj 18

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The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU has established a strong research and teaching activity in the field of biochemical engineering, supported by industries such as Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Chr Hansen. To further strengthen this field, the Department wishes to make significant new investments in bioprocess engineering research and teaching in the coming years. As part of this expansion the Department invites applications for a permanent position as Assistant or Associate Professor in Fermentation Scale Translation.

The position is part of a large initiative granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation with the aim of establishing a Research Based World Class Joint Education Program in Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing in collaboration with DTU Bioengineering and the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability. At least four new faculty positions will be established as part of this initiative, which apart from this position will include expertise on bacterial fermentation physiology and performance, automation and high-throughput fermentation technology, and downstream bioprocessing.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to teaching, research and innovation at the department as well as lead a research program in fermentation scale-up and scale-down. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to be instrumental in promoting the field and the development of experimental pilot-scale facilities, as well as collaborating with colleagues who will complement with more theoretical and model-based approaches.

The position will also give the opportunity to help design new courses to extend our education in bio-manufacturing and to take part in our extensive teaching program in pilot-scale operations, including international summer-schools.

Alongside research and teaching in this field, the candidate will be expected to contribute to other areas of Chemical and in particular Biochemical Engineering.

We seek an expert in the scale-up and scale-down of all types of bioreactions, such as fermentation, including high-viscosity systems. Knowledge of both modeling, and in-particular experimental approaches to help elucidate the effects of scale would be advantageous, including instrumentation and control.

Candidates must

  • assistant professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent)
  • associate professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship and documented didactic/pedagogic training

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: 

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 assistant professor position is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, tel.: +45 4525 2845.

You can read more about the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 July 2018 (local time). 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.  

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for”, please indicate whether you are applying for the position as Associate or Assistant Professor.

The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications (applicants applying for the position as associate professor should indicate scientific highlights)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leader in innovative teaching and research, built on core technical subjects and engineering scientific disciplines. The teaching and research covers separation processes, reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, process and facility planning, unit operations, heat transmission, fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics. The Department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.