Laboratory Technician

Center for Biosustainability
Thursday 04 Oct 18

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Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) in Kongens Lyngby, close to Copenhagen, is building a scale-up/-down piloting facility to commercialize bio-based products and molecules for a variety of customers and application markets. The work of the Piloting Facility of the Center aims towards bridging the gap between academic metabolic engineering projects from cell factories and their commercial application. We aim at establishment and integration of a whole workflow, from synthetic biology through genetic engineering, bench-scale fermentations and scale-up process design towards gate milestone driven project and process development until successful release into the market.

To achieve that, we apply state-of-the-art technology, equipment and tools and seek fellow mindsets for open, creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. In order to accelerate time to market for the several organisms and cell hosts and their respective downstream processes, we intend to further strengthen the Centers already existing capabilities by adding a highly motivated team of Engineers, Scientists and Technicians to tackle this challenging task.

The aim of this position is to strengthen our strain engineering team, which currently consists of six highly dedicated scientists and two technicians. We are looking for a highly motivated technician with extensive experience in molecular biology. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about molecular biology in general including standard cloning procedures such as PCR, DNA preparation protocols from various microorganisms as well as micro scale fermentation of both bacteria and yeast. As a molecular biology technician, your position requires collaboration with internal groups including fermentation, DSP and analytical chemistry group as well as with third parties, vendors, technology providers and engineering disciplines for process development.

Responsibilities and tasks
  • Routine cloning and strain engineering activities in a high through put (HTP) work flow
  • Genotyping of microbial hosts in HTP fashion
  • HTP screening of microorganisms in microliter scale fermentations
  • Recording and reporting data in Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) and LIMS system
  • Maintaining the tidiness of the lab
  • Supporting equipment maintenance and service contracts
  • A Laboratory Technician degree with relevant experience in the above mentioned fields of responsibility
  • Proven experience in molecular biology
  • Mindset to share your knowledge and experience with other disciplines
  • Initiative and self-motivated with good planning & organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a busy work day with multiple tasks at the same time
  • Takes initiative and can work with minimal guidance
  • Excellent collaboration & communication skills in English, as it is the common language in the center
It would be great if:
  • You have hands on experience with HTP cloning techniques
  • You have experience with HTP microliter scale fermentation screens
  • You have worked with ELN and LIMS on a daily basis
  • You have experience with multiple microbial hosts and fermentation systems
  • You have strong interest in training on and learning new laboratory methods
We offer
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 terms of employment
Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the OAO-S joint agreement and association agreement for office workers, laboratory technicians and IT staff (HK/Stat) signed with the Danish Ministry of Finance.
Workplace and period of employment:

The place of employment is the DTU main campus in Lyngby.

The position is permanent.

Application procedure and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 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 Dr. Andreas Worberg, heading the piloting and scale-up facility and efforts, +45 9351 8900 or email:

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.