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Position: PhD scholarship in Synthetic Biology for the Creation of Sustainable Microbial Foods of the Future
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Location: Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby‐Taarbæk Municipality, Denmark
Duties: The responsibilities of the position will include: Establishing and optimizing genetic engineering protocols for different microbes; Genetic engineering of microorganisms; Protein characterisation; Improving parameters for optimized and stable production of heterologous proteins
Requirements: Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree; A qualified candidate has: Experience with genetic engineering; Experience in microbiology; Highly motivated by the potential of synthetic biology for the creation of sustainable food; Hard working and dedicated to their work; Team player with a desire to help his/her colleagues succeed; Strong writing and communication skills; Very well organized and planning oriented
   
Text: PhD scholarship in Synthetic Biology for the Creation of Sustainable Microbial Foods of the Future Center for Biosustainability Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Wednesday 14 Oct 20 Apply for this job Apply no later than 15 November 2020 Apply for the job at Center for Biosustainability by completing the following form. Apply online The Bacterial Synthetic Biology section at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is seeking a talented microbiologist for the development of sustainable food for the future. Currently food production for human’s accounts for about 35% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, takes up 38% of the earth’s landmass and requires 70% of global fresh water. While this is already unsustainable, the demand for food is growing with the population of the earth. We envision to reduce the carbon footprint, land- and water-use as well as factory farming by creating novel foods based on microbial biomass. As one third of the annual food production is either lost along the production chain or ends up as food waste (1.3 billion tons of food waste/year) we want to utilize food waste as input material to value the resources that stand behind the wasted products and to increase the sustainability of our novel foods even further. Microbial foods offer exciting opportunities, not only for the benefit of the environment and animal welfare, but also to modulate human nutrition tailored to improve human health. We work in an interdisciplinary team with a lot of creativity, enthusiasm and motivation to make an impact on the food production of the future. We offer an exciting research area with the potential to develop new food products in an entrepreneurial environment. We offer a well-resourced lab and a collaborative, supportive and social work environment. The specific project aims to optimize microbial pathways for waste degradation, to enhance taste and texture properties and to express heterologous proteins that are important for a healthy and balanced human diet. Responsibilities and tasks The responsibilities of the position will include: Establishing and optimizing genetic engineering protocols for different microbes Genetic engineering of microorganisms Protein characterisation Improving parameters for optimized and stable production of heterologous proteins Qualifications Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. A qualified candidate has: Experience with genetic engineering Experience in microbiology Highly motivated by the potential of synthetic biology for the creation of sustainable food Hard working and dedicated to their work Team player with a desire to help his/her colleagues succeed Strong writing and communication skills Very well organized and planning oriented. 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 . 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. You can read more about career paths at DTU here . Further information Further information may be obtained from Professor Morten Sommer, msom@biosustain.dtu.dk . Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below. You can read more about the Bacterial Synthetic Biology section here . Application Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2020 (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 . The file must include: A letter motivating the application (cover letter) Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here ) Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered. A ll interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has fundamentally changed the scope and ambition of harnessing the potential of biological systems. Big data approaches and analysis of biological systems are key research instruments at the Center. DTU Biosustain utilizes these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods. Technology for people DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.
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