Postdoc in Computational Synthetic Biology

Center for Biosustainability
Monday 27 Aug 18

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We are seeking 3 talented postdocs to work on interdisciplinary projects involving computational synthetic biology. The postdoc will join the newly initiated Cell Architecture Group (PI Ryan T. Gill) at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) in Denmark. CFB is part of the Technical University of Denmark and provides an excellent research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies with special emphasis on cell factory engineering and system biology technologies.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate will focus on developing R&D-facing software with a synthetic biology focus to aide in the development of next generation design-build-test-learn strategies using mathematical modeling (kinetic and-or genome scale), simulation, data science, machine learning, bioinformatics, and other computationally intensive techniques.

Specific tasks will include

  • Document, develop, and deploy software to the technical team
  • Support ongoing repairs and training on developed software
  • Participate in the development and execution of research projects
  • Analyze and organize data to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Develop and support the submission of patents and other intellectual property
  • Publish and present at professional meetings as appropriate.
  • Excellence in independent problem solving
  • Expertise in full-stack development with front-end development
  • Database experience (SQL or NoSQL) using complex queries
  • REST API development and familiarity with scripting languages such as Python
  • Strong math and logic skills
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge and experience with others
  • Ability to lead multiple projects and support collaborations
  • PhD degree or similar in computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, quantitative biology or or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an 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 with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment
The period of employment is time limited to December 31, 2020.
The place of employment is the DTU main campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ryan T. Gill (

You can read more about the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability on

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 26 September 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

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.