Postdoc: focusing on discovery of new microbial enzymes in order to design new and efficient biorefinery processes

DTU Chemical Eng.
Monday 07 May 18

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The Center for BioProcess Engineering (BioEng) is a research center at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU.The research in focus in BioEng includes a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodologies relevant for converting biomass (through enzymatic and microbial processing) into higher value products.

The post doc position is focusing on discovery of new microbial enzymes in order to design new and efficient biorefinery processes: 

  • Bioinformatics, handling data of DNA, RNA and proteins; from both pro- and eukaryotes (including several taxonomic groups of fungi)
  • Molecular Biology for Enzyme Discovery: protein cloning, expression, and characterization
  • Chemical composition analysis of a spectrum of organic biomasses  
  • Design of enzyme mediated biomass conversion processes
  • Evaluation of sustainability of the new processes

Responsibilities and tasks
The research activities/tasks of the Post Doc position include: enzyme discovery for conversion of recalcitrant polymers; microbial and microbial enzyme mediated processes for biomass-based feed and food ingredients; aiming at developing enzymatic processes for refining of various components of understudied and un og underexploited types of biomass (beyond plant derived lignocellulose).

The post doc position requires: 

  • A PhD degree or equivalent.
  • A broad background in and documented experience from experimental molecular biotechnology (eukaryotes and prokaryotes; DNA, RNA, Enzymes)
  • A strong record in mastering state of the art bioinformatics tools of relevance for Enzyme discovery for biomass conversion
  • Most importantly combined with documented (by scientific publications) experience in working with proteinaceous biomass and understudied recalcitrant complex biomass such as keratin.
  • And combined with experience within analysis of substrate composition (sugar polymers and proteins) for microbial/enzymatic conversion of new types of biomass (of animal, algal, fungal or unique plant origin)

We offer
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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 1 year starting from 1 June 2018. Weekly working hours are 37.

The employment is at Center for BioProcess Engineering (BioEng), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Center Leader Professor Anne Meyer, or Project Leader Professor Lene Lange,  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 22 May 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in 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/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.

Enzyme technology is the core research discipline of Center for Bioprocess Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Our research also involves bioinformatics, enzyme discovery, separation technology research and sustainability assessment in the context of bioenergy and biorefinery processes. 

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.