Product Manager, Laboratory Information Management

Center for Biosustainability
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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is looking for a Product Manager, Laboratory Information Management.

About the Center for Biosustainability
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CfB) is developing new technologies for engineering microbes, turning them into cell factories, which are designed for efficient production of a specific compound in a commercially competitive way. Today, many pharmaceuticals and chemicals are produced from oil or rare plant material. By using genome-scale modelling, advanced robotics and bioengineering, the Center’s researchers design and construct cell factories capable of converting low-value carbon sources to high-value chemical compounds and therapeutics in a more sustainable, cost-effective manner than today. In short: by using cell factories, we can go from an oil-based chemical industry to a highly sustainable bio-based industry.

The Center is part of a cluster of research centers that aim at attracting the world’s best researchers, and thereby creating the basis for an internationally oriented and innovative research environment of the highest quality to benefit society. The Center collaborates with the world’s leading researchers within the field and has established strategic alliances with universities in the United States (UCSD), Sweden (Chalmers and KTH), South Korea (KAIST) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen). Innovation is a high priority at the Center. Therefore, it collaborates with biotechnology companies and the chemical industry to enhance knowledge sharing and the application of the Center’s results.

Position Summary
This role will serve as a primary point of contact between R&D and the Software Engineering & Applications Unit, bridging the gap between business stakeholders and information technology solution providers. This role will identify, assess and prioritize requirements and translate them to the technical team for the implementation of solutions. The Product Manager will ensure that the Software Engineering & Applications unit delivers quality controlled solutions that meet end users’ needs, create value and support an integrated research workflow. Solutions will include a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Enterprise Content Management and Collaboration, and the development of custom scientific software.

Key responsibilities

  • Participate in the development of strategic plans for the Software Engineering & Applications unit.
  • Conduct meetings and interviews with subject matter experts and facilitate cross-functional sessions to define and document business requirements and project scope.
  • Translate user’s business requirements into functional designs for application configuration or development.  Develop user stories and wireframes where needed.
  • Lead the implementation of software projects or off-the-shelf product implementations.  
  • Drive the adoption of computational biology solutions (off-the shelf implementations or custom developed software).
  • Work with external vendors.
  • Ensure deliverables meet defined acceptance criteria and quality standards and drive the adoption of solutions developed.
  • Provide production support to ensure a timely resolution of issues.
  • Experience with the development or implementation of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Solid experience in business process analysis and design combined with strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Expert understanding of software requirements management, solid understanding of user experience and system design.
  • In-depth, hands-on experience with Agile/Scrum/Lean software development methods, including the ability to lead and execute all software requirements/backlog management activities.
  • Solid experience building business relationships and trust across organizational boundaries.
  • Must be a confident communicator and presenter.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude.
  • Autonomous, results oriented and self-motivated.
  • Scrum Product Owner or Project Management certification is a plus.
Education & special trainings: 
  • University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Life Science or Computer Science.
  • 5+ years of professional work experience as Product Manager or Systems Analyst.
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.

Furthermore we offer: 
  • A meaningful project mission of making a step towards a green sustainable economy
  • A multidisciplinary team of biotechnologists, data scientists and software engineers
  • A budget for self-development activities, courses and conferences. We believe that learning is crucial for success and motivation
  • Horizontal team structure where everybody has a voice and can make impactful decisions
  • Social life; the Center is located on the campus of the Technical University of Denmark and has an in-house gym, a library, a brewing club and much more
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.

The workplace will at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 18 January 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 Evelyn Travnik,

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 Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

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.