Senior Software Engineer for computational biology web platform

Center for Biosustainability
Wednesday 11 Jul 18

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We are seeking a talented and enthusiastic senior software engineer to develop experimental design, data collection and learning features for our software platform supporting the genetic engineering of microbial strains.

The job
At the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) we engineer commercialization-ready “cell factories” for the sustainable production of biochemicals and therapeutical proteins. You will join the Software Engineering & Applications group of our Computational Biology unit.

We are developing a comprehensive research platform consisting of services for integration with lab instruments and an integrated web application for data capture, data analysis and experimental design.

As a senior software engineer joining our group you will develop new features together with other software engineers and with the input of our researchers. You should have a cooperative nature and be willing to nurture talents in yourself and your teammates.

Primary areas of responsibility

  • Develop web user interface components, web services and REST or GraphQL APIs
  • Communicate with researchers and other developers to identify and design software solutions for research problems related to our strain engineering workflows
  • As a member of our development team, apply agile software development practices to develop, collaborate on, and coordinate the development and deployment of software using version control and continuous integration
Our expectations of you
A degree in Computer Science or similar or equivalent work experience in software engineering is required.

In addition, you should have the following qualifications:
  • Able to write high quality, structured, and maintainable code
  • Demonstrable experience developing single-page web applications using modern JavaScript frameworks and/or developing command line tools and web services in Python
  • Competent at writing helpful documentation and appropriate unit tests
  • Familiar with agile software development practices; having worked with an agile framework such as Scrum or Kanban in a team environment is a big plus
  • Good interpersonal skills — able to work with technical and scientific staff with different roles and professional backgrounds and willingness to learn from others
We value developer community participation. If you have active profiles on GitHub or StackExchange or any significant open source contributions, please include the details in your CV or cover letter.

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
Salary and appointment terms will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) or the LC/CO10-collective agreement and the organizational agreement for IT employees (PROSA) in the service of the state or other relevant collective agreement. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is until December 31, 2020.

The workplace will at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than Sunday, 29 July 2018. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact group leader Lars Schöning at

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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.