The Enzyme Technology group at DTU Bioengineering is looking for a highly qualified candidate for a 4-year career postdoc position within the field of advanced enzyme technology. The research is focused on the development of novel enzyme-based processes for CO2 conversion and biorefining of plant material. The postdoc position will be part of our research efforts focusing on introducing new biocatalysis technology, including use of advanced protein engineering techniques, to accomplish efficient enzymatic CO2 conversion and plant biomass refining for production of recyclable materials. The scientific targets include provision of an understanding of enzyme function linking protein structural features to reaction selectivity, conversion efficiency, and robustness.
If you are seeking to establish your career as a top-level scientist whose results can help build a sustainable future and have a broad and lasting scientific impact, this postdoc position is for you!
Responsibilities and qualifications
The postdoc position involves work on the pipeline from enzyme discovery, over enzyme expression, purification, and kinetics characterization, as well as protein engineering and other new ways of stabilizing enzymes for long term use. The work also involves advanced structure-function analysis. The job entails close collaboration with peers within the research group as well as with national and international research partners. The position will include research management responsibilities and options for research leadership training.
As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The PhD degree must be in biotechnology, biochemistry, enzyme technology, or another discipline relevant for the required research. In addition, specific required qualifications are:
- Documented theoretical and practical experience in cloning, heterologous protein expression in prokaryotic hosts, enzyme protein purification and characterization
- Documented experience in biochemical characterization of enzymes
- Documented theoretical and practical experience in protein engineering (molecular biology)
- Innovative, independent research capability and good problem-solving skills
- A track record of publications within enzyme catalysis technology, with at least one first-author paper, in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals
- Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken)
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, exceptional reliability, and a teamwork mentality.
In addition, the optimal candidate has practical experience in one or more of the following fields:
- Enzyme discovery and high-throughput screening methods
- Enzyme immobilization
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 upon with the relevant union.
The period of employment is 4 years. Starting date September 01, 2023
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Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 22 June 2023 (Danish time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply now”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
- Application (cover letter)
- Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
- List of peer-reviewed publications
Applications 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.
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