Joint Programme Manager to an Education Program in Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing

DTU Bioengineering
Friday 23 Mar 18

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Over the past two decades, the Danish biotech and pharma industry has seen a significant growth and now contributes to more than 5 % of the total GDP in Denmark. Fermentation technology is the backbone of this production and there is a need for continuous development and upgrading of specialized expertise in this field. Therefore, DTU will establish a world-class Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing initiative to strengthen the MSc, PhD and life-long-learning (LLL) educational programs offered by the university. The initiative is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The research and educational program in this initiative will be supported by three DTU hosted departments: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB), DTU Bioengineering, and DTU Chemical Engineering, which in combination cover cell factory-based production from upstream to downstream development and from microscale to pilot scale.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are seeking a program manager to assist the steering committee in running and coordinating the daily management of the educational programs across the three DTU departments.

The program manager will

  • be overall responsible for coordination of all educational activities and for reporting to the funding body
  • assist the steering committee in arranging meetings, and be the anchor of correspondence with external collaborators
  • plan and run educational arrangements (workshops, seminars, conferences)
  • together with faculty staff coordinate the establishment and running of the MSc, LLL and PhD course portfolio within Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing
  • together with a PhD evaluation committee and PhD supervisors coordinate PhD project calls, project evaluation and hiring of PhDs
  • plan promotion activities related to the MSc, PhD and LLL-courses
  • be overall responsible for development of e-learning activities for LLL
  • coordinate activities in relation to the development of an educational fermentation infrastructure
All work tasks will be carried out in close collaboration with the steering committee and staff at DTU. The position will be part of the organizational unit called Teaching Core at DTU Bioengineering.

Our expectations of you
We are looking for a candidate with an MSc or PhD background in e.g. biologi, biotechnology, chemical engineering or a related area in natural science, and with a background in educational administration. Knowledge related to lifelong learning and e-learning tools will be an advantage, as will knowledge of the fermentation-based industry.

We expect candidates to be dedicated to facilitate development of excellent educational programs. You must be very well organized, structured and capable of interacting with many different people. In addition, a good sense of humor will be appreciated. Reading and understanding Danish is not required but an advantage.

Candidates should have an MSc (or PhD) degree in natural science and experience with organisational work related to educations.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is at least 5 years.

The main work place is DTU Bioengineering at Lyngby campus.

You can read more about the three departments at their individual web pages:
Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, but apply online as described below.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 23 April 2018. Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Head of Department Bjarke Bak Christensen, or +45 30664233

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

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research at DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 160 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 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.