Postdoc in Discovery and Characterisation of Oxidoreductases for Waste Water Treatment

DTU Bioengineering
Tuesday 05 Feb 19

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A 3-year postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (DTU-Bioengineering) in the project “New Enzyme- and Protein-based Wastewater Treatment for Contaminant Degradation and Resource Recovery” (NEPWAT)– The project will be carried out at the Protein Glycoscience and Biotechnology Group within the Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology section that harbours about 70 staff members. This project is a collaboration with DTU Environment, University of Copenhagen and an international partner.

The postdoc will be responsible for the discovery and evaluation of oxidoreductases and other enzyme classes that are able to degrade or detoxify organic contaminants from wastewater.


Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoc will be responsible for the identification and/or discovery of enzymes that catalyse the transformation of a library of representative recalcitrant wastewater contaminants and for the evaluation of these enzymes as remediation tools. Specific tasks include:

  • Based on the chemistry of representative contaminant groups, make a rational selection of enzymes for activity screening
  • Discovery of novel fungal or bacterial enzyme candidates active on selected contaminants using different “omics” tools, e.g. informatics, metabolomics, proteomics using the technology platforms at the DTU-Bioengineering.
  • Cloning and production of target candidate enzymes in yeast (P. pastoris) expression systems for evaluation of their activity
  • Selecting and setting up appropriate analytical tools and activity assays for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the enzymatic pollutant conversion. 

The successful candidate is a highly talented, self-driven and motivated scientist with a documented track record of excellence and a PhD degree in Protein Chemistry, Protein Engineering/design, Chemistry or relevant related disciplines.

  • A solid background in chemistry and/or experience in oxidoreductases are highly desirable.
  • Experience in recombinant protein production in yeast or bacteria, enzymology, protein engineering/design are clear assets for the position.  
On the personal level
  • You are ambitious and strive for quality and excellence in what you do
  • You are positive and goal oriented
  • You are creative and enjoy finding new solutions to complex and challenging problems
  • You thrive well in an interdisciplinary collaborative environments   
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.


The position is for three years, will be available from 1rst of April (although there is a degree of flexibility for the starting point)

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Maher Abou Hachem ( at DTU-Bioengineering, tel.: +45 4525 2732.


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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2019 (local time).


To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter including at least 2 relevant referenes)
  • 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.


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