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Postdoc in the project “Human milk oligosaccharides' impact on maturation of
the gut microbiota”
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Thursday 10 Jun 21
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A three year postdoc position is available in the Protein Glycoscience and
Biotechnology group, Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology section at the
Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine. A major focus of this group,
headed by Prof. Maher Abou Hachem, is to perform impactful work on
understanding the molecular basis of glycan utilisation by key members of the
human gut microbiota and to develop biotechnological application for enzymes
from this ecological niche.
The project's goal is to bring insight into the role of human milk
oligosaccharides (HMOs) in the maturation of the human gut microbiota.
Responsibilities and tasks
Your tasks will be:
Design and perform experiments to understand the scope and the mechanisms
of HMO utilisation by distinct groups of the human gut microbiota
In collaboration with the PhD student and the project collaboration
partners map the HMO utilisation potential in silico and express and
characterize key proteins involved in this metabolic facet
Design anaerobic growth experiments to evaluate growth preferences of
diverse microbiota members on complex and defined relevant substrates
Determine the three-dimensional crystal structures of key protein players
identified in the project
Take part in scientific, dissemination and collaboration activities
related to the project and the research group as well co-supervision of
students at different levels
Candidate should have a PhD within Protein chemistry. Ideal candidate profile:
Strong background in enzymology and protein biophysical chemistry
Experience in carbohydrate chemistry and carbohydrate active enzymes
Experience in anaerobic microbiology, and growth and competition assay of
various diverse strict anaerobes of the human gut microbiota.
Excellent scientific track record of original high impact publications of
relevance to project
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.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .
The position is for 3 years.
Further information may be obtained from Maher Abou Hachem, tel.: +45 4525
2732, e-mail: email@example.com.
You can read more about the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at
www. bioengineering.dtu.dk and about the Protein Glycoscience and Biotechnology
group https: // www. bioengineering.dtu.dk/english/researchny/research-
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Please submit your online application no later than 1 July 2021 (Danish
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.
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