Postdoc in Biochemical Pathway Predictions

Center for Biosustainability
Sunday 06 May 18

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The Global Econometric Modeling group at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop and apply tools for identification of novel sustainable chemical production pathways.

The project is responsible for performing model-based evaluation of the technological feasibility and economic viability of commodity bio-based chemicals. The knowledge and predictions of this group would be utilized to provide DTU Biosustain with target molecules with commercialization potential. In particular, the goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive multi-scale and multi-sector model of the commodity chemical industry, encompassing both petrochemical and biochemical technologies. The outcomes from the framework and associated models will guide the selection of chemical products, biomass feedstocks, host organisms and process technologies to focus on, at DTU Biosustain.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Continue development of pathway prediction tools (see e.g. Campodonico et al. Metabolic Engineering 2014)
  • Application of pathway prediction tools in conjunction with techno-economic modeling related to production of bulk and fine chemicals (see Zhuang and Herrgard Metabolic Engineering 2015)
  • Prospective evaluation of potential fine and bulk chemical products and host organisms for translational research projects at DTU Biosustain aimed at commercialization
  • Participation in techno-economic model development efforts including collection and validation of parameters from literature, databases and online resources
  • Collaboration with other groups at DTU Biosustain in assessing technological, economic, and ecological feasibility of proposed products and host organisms
  • Candidates should hold a PhD degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, bioinformatics or similar field
  • The applicant should preferably have experience in cheminformatics and mining of chemical compound databases
  • The applicant should have previous experience in modeling of large-scale biochemical networks
  • Previous experience in constraint-based modeling and analysis is desirable
  • Experience in chemical process modeling, techno-economic assessment or life cycle assessment is desirable
  • Previous experience in developing scientific software in Python, R, Matlab or similar language is desirable
  • Good communication skills in English are required
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

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.

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Workplace and period of employment
The place of work is at DTU Biosustain, Building 220.

The period of employment is time limited to December 31, 2020.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Miguel Campodonico ( or Jens Kindtler (

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 21 May 2018. Apply online at

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 (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.

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.