PhD Position in The Area of Microbial Strain Engineering and Scaled-up Fermentation for Industrial Enzyme Production

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in computational biology at Technical University of Denmark. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. Applications are invited up to November 17, 2018.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a 3-year fully funded Ph.D-studentship to join a highly international research center – The Novo Nordisk Foundation for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, and become part of the Microbial Evolution and Synthetic Biology Group headed by Morten Nrholm.

Responsibilities and tasks

The successful candidate will be working on contemporary synthetic biology approaches and optimizing fermentation for production of enzymes in bacteria and fungi. The position is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the successful candidate will join a team of scientists working with synthetic biology, protein production and molecular evolution. The candidate will work closely together with the Translational Core of the Center – a translational research unit focusing on microbial cell factory engineering - and with industrial partners in the industrial enzyme sector.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to grade marks during the MSc education, international experience as well as previous experience with relevant experimental work including scientific publications.

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 appointment terms

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 3 years.

Workplace will be at DTU, Kemitorvet, Bygn. 220, 2800 Lyngby.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Sr. Scientist Morten Nrholm,

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Please submit your online application no later than 17 November 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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.


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