PostDoctoral Fellow in Metabolic Engineering at DTU Biosustain

Do you want to work with the latest methods and state-of-the-art equipment?

If you have a PhD centered on yeast metabolic engineering and you are looking for the just right place to unfold your skills and break new ground, now is your chance to act.

At DTU Biosustain we develop the next generation of biosustainable technologies using synthetic biology techniques. We create novel methods and technologies as a foundation for development of new environment-friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate-friendly farming, etc. In other words, we try to solve some of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind, and you will get the chance to add your personal mark to this. The period of employment is 2 years, and especially during the second year you will have freedom to explore ideas of your own.

High-throughput metabolic engineering – development of novel yeast cell factories

Your will be part of a team of highly skilled Scientists that find yeast and metabolic engineering just as fascinating as yourself. Together with other team members, you will apply high-throughput metabolic engineering methods to improve enzymes and strains. You will use FACS as the screening method and various analytical techniques (GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC) for validating improved small metabolite production. Your specific tasks will involve:

  • Literature review, hypotheses formulation, and experimental design
  • Wet-lab work with yeast molecular biology, strain library construction, and high-throughput screening
  • Reporting results in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences and meetings
  • Collaboration within the group and within the center, participation in international collaborations and outreach activities

Cross-organizational collaboration, knowledge sharing, and co-created publications are a part of our center’s DNA. As such, you must thrive in a very collaborative environment.

PhD with experience with CRISPR genome toolbox, yeast genome editing, and FACS

We are looking for Scientists that are able to turn ideas into tangible results based on good planning skills backed by good communication skills in written and spoken English. As we work with the latest data infrastructure consisting of data lake, data warehouse and institutional knowledge graph linking internal data with universal knowledge, you must be good at data handling and record-keeping. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • A PhD degree
  • Hands-on experience with CRISPR genome toolbox, yeast genome editing, and FACS
  • Excellent track-record of scientific achievements (publications, patents, awards, grants, conference presentations, etc.)

Your new team

You will join 12 Scientists in a 50/50 split between PhD students and PostDocs. Our common focus is to develop novel yeast cell factories for the production of sustainable chemicals and natural products. We do so by applying advanced genome editing, metabolic modeling, and omics data analyses for data-guided strain design. Our environment is first and foremost characterized by respect and room for being the person you are, topped with helpfulness. If you need help, you will find it. If you want challenges, they are right in front of you. If you want to make a mark in the world for the better, you feel just like the rest of us.

Further information

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Prof. Irina Borodina at +45 2179 8657 or at

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

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 period of employment is 2 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than the 31 October 2021 (Danish time).

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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 (PhD)
  • List of publications

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 (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. Learn more at

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 12,900 students and 6,000 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.

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