Postdocs (2) with Biocatalysis Expertise

mandag 06 sep 21

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Frist 27. september 2021
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DTU Chemical Engineering are seeking two postdocs (one biotech-based and the other bioprocess-based) to work at our department.

Our ambition is to develop new techniques for the assessment of enzyme stability as part of an ERC Advanced Grant (FLUIZYME). You will be part of a team composed of postdocs, PhD students, master students and a technician, but have an instrumental role in this challenging and exciting project. 

Biocatalysis has developed enormously in recent years and is now at the point of scale-up for very many processes across different industries (from pharmaceuticals to bulk chemicals). The issue of enzyme stability is one of the remaining challenges to implementing sustainable bioprocesses for the future, and is the focus of FLUIZYME.

The positions:

The first position is more suited to a person with a biotech background and you will:

  • Develop protein and enzyme assessment methods at a molecular level.
  • Develop novel techniques for examining gas-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces and their effect on proteins at the molecular level.
  • Develop models to describe interfacial phenomena at the molecular level.
  • Support and train PhD and masters students in laboratory techniques.

The second position is more suited to a person with a bioprocess background and you will:

  • Develop protein and enzyme assessment methods suitable for laboratory and pilot scale application.
  • Develop novel laboratory protocols to conduct biocatalysis in the presence of gas-liquid interface and liquid-liquid interfaces.
  • Develop pilot-scale protocols to test the effect of gas-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces on protein and enzyme stability.
  • Develop models to describe interfacial phenomena at laboratory and pilot-scale.
  • Support and train PhD and masters students in laboratory and pilot techniques. 

We are looking for two excellent postdocs with a specialization in biocatalysis and enzyme-based work) with preferably several years practical experience either in industry or a research environment.

We value that you: 

  • Have and excellent knowledge of biotechnology and/or bioprocesses.
  • Have experience with biocatalysis and enzymes.
  • Are a person with a positive mindset and with very good planning, prioritizing and organizational skills.
  • Are an excellent team worker.
  • Are a curious person with a genuine interest in research and solving challenging theoretical and practical problems.
  • Are fluent in English

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Who are we:
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leading academic department with focus on research and education. We have pilot facilities and employ around 250 people.

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. We plan to appoint as soon as possible and for a period of 2 years.  

The position will be at the DTU Lyngby Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor John M Woodley at +45 4525 2885 /+45 5350 3747 (email: jw@kt.dtu.dk). 


You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering at www.kt.dtu.dk/english.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 27 September 2021 (Danish 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. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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