Postdoc in Engineering of Lactic Acid Bacteria for butanol Production

DTU Fødevareinstituttet
onsdag 03 maj 17

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An 18 month postdoctoral position is available with the Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining Group at the National Food Institute, DTU (Lyngby). The position is focused on engineering lactic acid bacteria (LAB) for the production of butanol isomers for application in bio-jetfuel as a part of the Flabbergast project. The Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining Group has a strong commitment to research and development in the field of new microbial bioconversion processes. Building on our competences within systems and synthetic biology, we develop new robust microbial workhorses to meet the future challenges involved in conversion of sustainable feedstocks to chemicals and food ingredients.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Flabbergast project, which is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark, aims to develop biorefining processes for production of longer chain alcohols and novel and sustainable aviation fuels derived from such alcohols. The multidisciplinary consortium is a collaboration between Danish universities and industrial partners as well as several affiliated partners across the world. The candidate will be responsible for engineering LAB strains for production of butanol isomers, as well as improving yields of the alcohols under production conditions.

Other content of the position:

The candidate will supervise a PhD student and master students, and also prepare and submit progress timely reports to the management committee. Other tasks will include preparing manuscripts for publication, presenting data at conferences, and travel for annual consortium meetings.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

This is an ongoing project and therefore we require someone who can overtake the role immediately with minimal down-time to ensure that the deadlines are met. A strong general background in molecular biology, systems and synthetic biology, fermentation and microbiology combined with experience in engineering lactic acid bacteria is therefore required.

Fluency in English, ability to work in a team and collaborate with national and international partners is a pre-requisite.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy 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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 1,5 years, starting 1 July or as soon as possible after. The candidate will be based at DTU, Lyngby, but will have the opportunity to travel and work periodically in partner laboratories.

Further information
Further information about the project and position may be obtained from Prof. Peter Ruhdal Jensen, +45 2085 5601; mail:

You can read more about Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining on and

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 30 May 2017.

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) - A short description (max 1 A4 page) of your motivation to apply for this particular position and how your previous experience/training qualifies you for this position should be included with the application.
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • 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 is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 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.
25 MAJ 2017