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Postdoc with focus on Computational Strain Designer at DTU Biosustain

Imagine a world in which it is possible to produce most meat synthetically without rearing animals, paralyzed patients can have their spinal cords restored with the help of stem cells, industrial chemicals are produced in factories that use microbes, diseases caused by genetics are prevented before birth, diets and fitness regimens are tailored to individual genomes, microbiomes help extend life expectancy, and bio-machine interfaces enable direct mental control of electronics. The foundational technologies for all of these possibilities are already in place. The world is experiencing a biotechnological revolution that has been decades in the making, and while these are the early days, the scope and scale of these emerging capabilities will have a broad impact on economies and societies.


At The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), located on the Technical University of Denmark’s main campus in Copenhagen, we develop the next generation of biosustainable technologies using synthetic biology techniques with state-of-the-art equipment and top-class scientists from all over the world. We aim to achieve the goal of a sustainable future by creating novel paths to chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and food using microbial cells. We are searching for a computational strain designer that will contribute to the development of new knowledge and technologies to build transformative platforms for the sustainable bio-based production of valuable and critical compounds. Please note, this is a postdoc position with a 2-year contract.


 Ph.D. in bioinformatics, bioengineering, or equivalent and computational analysis background

We are looking for an independent and driven individual who prioritizes quality, clarity, impact, innovation, and constructive collaboration. We also expect this individual to have the professional and organizational skills necessary to manage, contribute to, and communicate progress for multiple parallel projects. Additionally, your CV should demonstrate:

●     A Ph.D. in bioinformatics, bioengineering, or equivalent,

●     Computational analysis background (Python, R, etc),

●     Excellent written and spoken English,

●     Experience with algorithm or platform analysis and optimization for large-scale computations,

●     Familiarity with methods for computational modeling of metabolism (constraint-based, kinetic modeling, etc),

●     Experience or motivation for applying statistical and machine learning methods to strain design challenges,

●     Experience or motivation for nucleic acid and protein sequence analysis,

●     Experience or motivation for protein structural analysis,

●     Experience or motivation for interfacing with and/or implementing databases,

●     Experience or motivation for applying standard software engineering practices (version control, testing, continuous integration, etc).

We offer:

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. Learn more at


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