Scientific Software Engineer

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Frist 27. oktober 2020
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We are seeking a highly motivated Software Engineer to join our international team at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and become part of the “Natural Product Genome Mining” research group headed by Prof. Tilmann Weber. 

In our research group, we are developing and applying software to mine microbial genomic data for the presence of secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). These BGCs are responsible for the production of many bioactive metabolites, among those many important antibiotics used to treat bacterial pathogens. Our antiSMASH platform is used world-wide by academic and industrial scientists. 

The job
In this position you will develop services, web applications and user interfaces for our platforms, such as antiSMASH (, or the antiSMASH database (, which are leading secondary metabolite genome mining platforms developed as an international open source project. The successful candidate will design new components and improve existing ones ranging from the user-friendly web frontend to the scientific computational backend. You will work in close collaboration with the experimentalists and bioinformaticians within the research group and the other software engineers at the center. 

ou should have excellent communication skills in English, a cooperative nature and be willing to develop your own talents and those of your teammates. 

Primary areas of responsibility for the position are: 

  • Develop UI components, visualizations and services for the antiSMASH platform and other computational tools of the section
  • Communicate with researchers and other developers to collect requirements and jointly create and improve components of the platform
  • Design data models, methods and APIs for services
  • Distribute, collaborate on, and deploy services using version control (git), continuous integration (CI) and Docker

Our expectations of you:

  • A degree in Computer Science or similar or equivalent work experience in software engineering
  • You are able to write high quality, structured, and maintainable code
  • You have demonstrable experience in Python development
  • You have demonstrable experience developing single-page web applications using web components or other modern JavaScript frameworks
  • You know how to write helpful documentation and proper unit tests
  • Ideally, you have some background knowledge in secondary metabolite biosynthesis

You have good interpersonal skills — able to work with our international technical and scientific staff with different roles and professional backgrounds and willingness to learn from others. 

If you have public profiles on GitHub or StackExchange or any significant open source contributions, please send us the details in your CV or cover letter. 

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 appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 27 October 2020 (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 Prof. Tilmann Weber, email:

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) 
Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has fundamentally changed the scope and ambition of harnessing the potential of biological systems. Big data approaches and analysis of biological systems are key research instruments at the Center. DTU Biosustain utilizes these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods. 

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 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.