Research Assistant in Protein Biochemistry

Friday 07 Jun 19

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The Enzyme Engineering and Structural Biology research group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is hiring research assistant.

We are looking for a person with interest in protein chemistry to support the research activities of the group and to be responsible for daily routine assignments, such as procurement and inventory control. The work is characterized by a high degree of freedom and variation.

Responsibilities and tasks 

  • Perform laboratory work in relation to the core research of the group, primarily regarding cloning, expression and purification of enzymes, as well as running activity assays on the purified enzymes of interest.
  • Routinely prepare buffer solutions, reagents etc.
  • Keeping track of and ordering consumables in the lab.
  • Document your work thoroughly and according to internal standards and guidelines.
  • Keep a clean, structured, inviting and safe laboratory environment in collaboration with other laboratory technicians, as well as instruct and guide internal and external users.
  • Work with different group members on their projects
  • Collaborate across internal and external research groups in relation to work assignments.
  • Candidates should have a master’s degree in life sciences.
  • A high level of ambition for the research group and for his/her own responsibilities.
  • A strong drive to contribute to exciting research.
  • Trained in common molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory techniques. 
  • Ideally trained in protein purification.
  • Patience and know-how required for work with sensitive and precise biochemical assays and applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills. 
  • Curiosity, flexibility and creativity.
  • A willingness to focus on collaboration and mutual personal, social and professional development.
  • Experience from working in a structural biology (crystallization) laboratory or similar is considered an advantage but is not required

We offer
An exciting and challenging work environment where new ideas and independence is appreciated.

We offer excellent research infrastructure in our state-of-the-art facilities in the new building 220 at DTU Lyngby. DTU Biosustain has a highly professional research environment and a young, international and versatile team, to become part of. There are opportunities for further education and development.

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 18 months from start of employment. 

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Group Leader Ditte Hededam Welner, +45 93 51 34 98.

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 June 2019.

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.

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. Additional information can be found at 

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.