Research Assistant in Chemical Biology

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A 2.5-month position as research assistant is available in chemical biology at the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, starting from November 1st, 2020. The project will be supervised by Assistant Professor Katrine Qvortrup. 

The project is a collaboration between DTU and the Costerton Biofilm Center, Panum, University of Copenhagen. The research project is within development of new treatment strategies for chronic infections caused by bacteria. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The main responsibilities involve the chemical synthesis of out lead compound, as well as investigation of information about its formulation, absorption, distribution, metabolization, and excretion.

You will work in a team with one postdoc, 4 PhD-students and another research assistant and collaborate with experts in microbial aetiology of biofilm, cell biology, and animal models. You are expected to work independently and coordinate your research with the other team members. 

Candidates should have a master’s degree in chemical engineering or equivalent 

  • Candidates should have a strong experimental background in organic chemistry.
  • An interest in chemical biology and a desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • A strong commitment to research.
  • Enthusiasm for working with research students.
  • Independence and good communication skills.

Applicants should have a thorough interest in chemical biology and drug development. The position offers an opportunity to work with an international, dynamic and multi-disciplinary project.

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2.5 months.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Katrine Qvortrup, tel.: +45 3121 6621,

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 29 October 2020 (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 out 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)

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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