Research Assistant in Molecular Biology

Friday 03 May 19

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A Research Assistant position is available in the CFB-P-Bacterial Cell Factory Optimization group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation, Center for biosustainability, DTU, starting as soon as possible.


We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Research Assistant interested in the development of cell factories for the sustainable production of biochemicals. This position is open to candidates with a Master’s degree and previous experience with molecular methods and other types of laboratory work.


Our research focuses on developing tools for production of biochemicals by engineering of bacteria through metabolic engineering, systems and synthetic biology. We also focus on utilization of alternative carbon sources for the sustainable biosynthesis of bulk chemicals currently derived from oil. Extraordinarily motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and tasks

We are looking for a candidate who will be performing daily experiments and who will be integrated in our team as an interactive member, bringing enthusiasm and ideas to the work being developed. Prior experience with one or more molecular methods is mandatory.

The experiments conducted will primarily involve (but are not limited to):

  • Culturing of microbial cells
  • Plasmid, DNA and RNA extraction
  • PCR and qPCR
  • Flow cytometry
  • Protein analysis
  • Fluorescence microscopy and data analysis

Experience with all or as many of the techniques listed above is highly desirable. Additionally, proactivity to setup and troubleshoot new protocols is expected to be taken as an attractive challenge. Upon starting the contract, an initial period of training will follow until the candidate reaches familiarity and independency with the lab’s protocols. The ability to find a balance between learning fast and working independently, in one hand, while being able to freely ask questions when unsure about some aspects of the work is extremely important for a successful outcome.


Master’s degree in Biotechnology, Biology or similar field

  • Prior experience with one or more molecular methods is a pre-requisite
  • Prior experience and interest in sustainable production of biochemicals is an advantage
  • Highly motivated candidate, passionate by science and sustainability
  • Language: fluent in English (written and verbal) is an advantage
  • Well-organized, independent and pro-active;
  • Mature and calm under pressure

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 with the relevant union.

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of 1 year, contingent on a satisfactory performance. There is a possibility of extension pending on further funding. 

Working hours are 37 hours per week. Flexibility to adjust the schedule to the timings of experiments is expected and very important. 

Start date: As soon as possible.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Co-PI Sheila I. Jensen, PhD ( or Prof. Alex. T. Nielsen (

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 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)
  • 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.


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.