Assistant Professor in Enzymatic Bioconversions & Analytics

DTU Bioengineering
Tuesday 06 Nov 18

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DTU Bioengineering seeks an assistant professor in the field of Enzyme Technology in relation to Biomass Conversion Analyses. The position is within DTU’s strategic effort on catalytic proteins and specifically targets sustainable bioresource utilization. The position is in the Protein Chemistry & Enzyme Technology Division at DTU Bioengineering.

The assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position includes responsibilities related to the department’s externally financed projects within enzymatic processing of complex biomass across several ongoing research projects: biomass conversion and pretreatment, enzymatic biomass refining, enzymatic catalysis on lignocellulose and agroindustrial components (sidestreams), carbohydrate biorefining and fractionation, as well as assay and methods development for these reactions. A particular task is the development and execution of advanced analyses (LC-MS/MS, HPAEC) within the above research project activities, proactive involvement in the continuous development of the Division’s analytical platform, enzymatic bioprocess research, and supervision of PhD students and project students within biocatalysis analytics. The position also includes teaching obligations and we expect that the candidate has or will take the Teaching and Learning course (UDTU) at DTU Learning Lab within the first year of the employment.

Candidates must

  • hold a PhD degree or equivalent and academic qualifications and research experience equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc.
The candidate should also have:
  • “Hands-on” experience with LC-MS, Maldi-TOF, HPLC and HPAEC equipment and methods at state-of-the-art research level, in particular with respect to complex carbohydrates analyses.
  • Experience with method development and use of programs such as Chromeleon and Bruker Compass.
  • Documented research experience within biomass processing, reaction assessment, enzymatic reaction discovery, and targeted use of enzymes for complex carbohydrate biorefining.
  • Documented research experience within biomass chemistry and enzyme kinetics (enzyme assays, productivity terms, extended reactions).
  • International and Industrial collaboration experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Danish.
  • Teaching experience
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
Consideration will also be given to:
  • Advanced analytical experience base
  • Relevance of enzyme technology background and experimental experience 
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.

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Bjarke B. Christensen or Professor Anne S. Meyer, e-mail:, +45 4525 2525.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 November 2018.

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
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 190 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 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.