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Postdoc in Plant protein chemistry
Center for Biosustainability
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Monday 11 Oct 21
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We are hiring a postdoc to undertake activities in enzymology and structural
biology of plant enzymes in the Enzyme Engineering and Structural biology
group of the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability at DTU.
The position's research field is biocatalysis. The Enzyme Engineering and
Structural Biology group develops enzyme biocatalysts for the industrial
production of natural products such as aromas, fragrances, dyes and
pharmaceuticals, with an emphasis on glycosylation. We use structural biology
and protein chemistry as our primary tools. We strive to take a modern
approach to these well-established disciplines, with multidimensional
experimental setup and increased throughput. We are particularly interested in
enzymatic glycosylation of natural products, as a tool to control solubility,
volatility, stability, compartmentalization, and toxicity. For this, we focus
on plant enzymes of the glycosyltransferase class. We work to elucidate
glycosyltransferase structure-function relationships governing specificity,
turn-over rate and stability.The group's primary techniques are X-ray
crystallography, HPLC, and machine learning.
Responsibilities and qualifications
Independent investigations of enzyme activities and structures
Supervision and scientific communication
Dissemination of scientific results
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
Experience in protein chemistry and structural biology, preferably X-ray
crystallography of plant glycosyltransferases is a must. We work
collaboratively and strong team work skills are a must.
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 1 year. The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
Further information may be obtained from Ditte Hededam Welner, tel.: +45
You can read more about DTU Biosustain at www. biosustain.dtu.dk
Please submit your online application no later than 25 October 2021
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)
List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU
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
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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an
international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working
environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we
collaborate with the best universities around the world.