Postdoc in Discovery and Characterisation of Oxidoreductases for Waste Water Treatment

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available atthe Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (DTU-Bioengineering) in theproject “New Enzyme- and Protein-based Wastewater Treatment for ContaminantDegradation and Resource Recovery” (NEPWAT)– The project will be carried out atthe Protein Glycoscience and Biotechnology Group within the Protein Chemistryand Enzyme Technology section that harbours about 70 staff members. Thisproject is a collaboration with DTU Environment, University of Copenhagen andan international partner.

The postdoc will beresponsible for the discovery and evaluation of oxidoreductases and otherenzyme classes that are able to degrade or detoxify organic contaminants fromwastewater.


Responsibilitiesand tasks

The postdoc will beresponsible for the identification and/or discovery of enzymes that catalysethe transformation of a library of representative recalcitrant wastewatercontaminants and for the evaluation of these enzymes as remediation tools.Specific tasks include:

    Based on the chemistry of representative contaminant groups, make a rational selection of enzymes for activity screeningDiscovery of novel fungal or bacterial enzyme candidates active on selected contaminants using different “omics” tools, e.g. informatics, metabolomics, proteomics using the technology platforms at the DTU-Bioengineering.Cloning and production of target candidate enzymes in yeast (P. pastoris) expression systems for evaluation of their activitySelecting and setting up appropriate analytical tools and activity assays for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the enzymatic pollutant conversion. 

The successful candidate is a highly talented, self-driven and motivatedscientist with a documented track record of excellence and a PhD degree inProtein Chemistry, Protein Engineering/design, Chemistry or relevant relateddisciplines.

    A solid background in chemistry and/or experience in oxidoreductases are highly desirable.Experience in recombinant protein production in yeast or bacteria, enzymology, protein engineering/design are clear assets for the position.  

On the personal level

    You are ambitious and strive for quality and excellence in what you doYou are positive and goal orientedYou are creative and enjoy finding new solutions to complex and challenging problemsYou thrive well in an interdisciplinary collaborative environments   

We offer

DTU is a leading technicaluniversity globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education,innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job inan international environment. We strive for academic excellence in anenvironment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered byresponsibility.

 Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be basedon the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of ProfessionalAssociations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.


The position is for threeyears, will be available from 1rst of April (although there isa degree of flexibility for the starting point)

 You can read more about career paths at DTU here. Further information

Further information may beobtained from Maher Abou Hachem ( at DTU-Bioengineering, tel.:+45 4525 2732.


You can read more about DTUBioengineering at


Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2019 (local time). 


To apply, please open the link”Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must beattached in English:

    Application (cover letter including at least 2 relevant referenes)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications 

Applications and enclosuresreceived after the deadline will not be considered.


All interested candidatesirrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnicbackground are encouraged to apply.


DTU is a technicaluniversity providing internationally leading research, education, innovationand scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technologyto create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200students are being educated to address the technological challenges of thefuture. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally withbusiness, industry, government and public agencies. 

Deadline: 1 March 2019
Unit: DTU Bioengineering
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday March 1st, 2019