Postdoc in microbiome engineering

DTU Fødevareinstituttet

Do you want to contribute to understand the stability of our intestinal flora?

If you excel within research into complex microbial systems and you are looking for the best place to unfold your skills, we may have just the right job for you. Numerous disorders are associated with imbalances in the human gut microbiota but the ecological forces which drive the assembly and stability of the microbiota remain largely elusive. Deciphering, and ultimately controlling these interactions, may therefore be of great benefit to our health.

Together with a team of international top scientists you will lay the scientific foundation for understanding the driving forces behind the natural complexity of the microbiota, and open up novel avenues for developing functional microbial consortia with therapeutic applications.

You can also look forward to work in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for experimental research within molecular biology, strain engineering and high through-put screening.

Focus on genetically engineered bacteria to produce milk protein
Your overall focus will be research in the field of constructing and analyzing synthetic microbial consortia, through experimental set-ups and model simulations. The project is supported by a grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark and conducted in collaboration with groups at Colorado State University and Wageningen University. We have a strong belief in that we have assembled the right team to make the breakthroughs required to benefit numerous people all over the world. Your tasks together with a PhD student will include to:

  • Characterization of prominent intestinal bacteria
  • Characterize metabolic interactions between selected strains
  • Set-up and analyze synthetic microbial consortia including model-guided design and simulation
  • Conduct project reporting and publishing results in international scientific journals
  • Participating in teaching and supervision of students at all levels

The period of employment is for 3 years with a preferred start 1 November 2022 or shortly thereafter. You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

PhD (or equivalent) in the area of microbiology/biotechnology
As you will join a very well-functioning and collaborative project group you must thrive on sharing knowledge with an open mind. You will also need your systematic approach to project work and planning. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in the area of microbiology/biotechnology
  • Solid knowledge and hands on experience with microbial systems
  • Good English communication skills, spoken as written.

This must be backed by documented experience within as minimum one of the following areas:

  • Engineering of bacteria
  • Analysis and modelling of microbial consortia
  • Metabolic modelling

Your new team
You will join the Research Group for Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining, where we conduct research into microbial solutions for future safe and sustainable foods and food ingredients. We are part of the Danish National Food Institute at the forefront of healthy, safe and sustainable food. Read more at

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.

Further information
If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Professor, Peter Ruhdal Jensen at +45 2085 5601 or

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application deadline
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 26 September 2022 (Danish time).
Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) explaining how your interest and expertise match the position
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Teaching experience

Applications 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 DTU National Food Institute
DTU Food conducts research into and disseminates - through advice, innovation and teaching - sustainable and value-creating solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society. The institute’s vision is to make a difference by generating future prosperity through research into food and health. The institute prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. The institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation in e.g. nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, modelling and technology.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.