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We seek a bioinformatician to interface between our scientific units and technical team to help the delivery and adoption of software solutions supporting the research and development of new microbial strains for chemical production.

The job
At the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) we engineer commercialization-ready “cell factories” for the production of biochemicals and therapeutics. 

As a bioinformatician joining our Computational Biology unit you will use your knowledge of bioinformatics to bridge the gap between our Center’s researchers, subject matter experts and software engineering teams. 

You will engage with our researchers to help them translate their processes into templates and configurations for our scientific software. You will identify, assess and prioritize requirements and work closely with our in-house software engineering teams to translate requirements and plan the development of custom scientific software. You will train and support researchers to drive the adoption of software solutions.

Depending on your background and interests you may also prototype and collaborate on solutions for data analysis and processing of biological data with our software engineering teams.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • Meet with researchers to identify requirements and translate their scientific processes into software
  • Act as a point of contact between researchers and the information services/computational biology team and help inform designs for development, testing and implementation
  • Drive the adoption of computational biology solutions (off-the shelf implementations or custom developed software)
  • Develop user documentation and training material and conduct user training
  • Prototype and collaborate on solutions for data analysis and processing of biological data
Our expectations of you
A Bachelor or Master’s degree in Bioinformatics or similar or equivalent work experience in Computational Biology or Life Science and Computer Science is required. In addition, you should have the following qualifications:
  • Solid understanding of both computational and biological concepts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills — able to work with and train technical and scientific staff with different roles and professional backgrounds; willingness and patience to learn from others and understand other’s needs
  • Autonomous, structured, results oriented and self-motivated
  • Familiarity with databases (SQL) and scripting / programming (preferably Python)
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
The position is time limited until 31 December 2020. The salary and appointment terms will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. 

The workplace will at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 1 August 2019 (local time)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 Vincenzo Capuano, Director Software and Data Architecture at

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is an international research center at the Technical University of Denmark funded by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The center conducts research in metabolic engineering of cell factories, in silico systems biology, metagenomics, and plant biochemistry with the purpose of developing new processes and technologies that can support a more sustainable bio-based production of valuable chemicals in the future. The Center brings together some of the world's leading researchers in the field and will possess the advanced equipment and facilities required for achieving its ambitious research goals. Impact on society by innovation has a high priority and the Center collaborates worldwide with biotech companies and chemical industries to facilitate the dissemination and exploitation of its results.

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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.