Senior Researcher (Group Leader)

No. of Position(s)


Research area

Microbial Food Science
Microbial Synthetic Biology


According to standard norms.


Center for Biosustainability
Technical University of Denmark
Building 220
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Starting Date

Jan 01, 2021


Prof. Morten Sommer
Email: msom@biosustain.dtu.dk
Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills


Candidates must be

  • highly motivated by the opportunity to create cutting-edge products for the food of the future.
  • experienced with innovative food product development and/or gastronomy
  • knowledgeable about food fermentations
  • creative and open to completely new types of food.
  • knowledgeable about the influence of nutrition on human health
  • capable of leading a group


A suitable candidate has a curious, creative and explorative mind to develop completely novel and unseen food based on microbial biomass and fermentation of waste substrates.

Responsibilities/Job Description

 As a group leader at Center for Biosustainability you will:

  • Lead a research group within microbial food science
  • Develop research projects towards societal impact and potential commercialization
  • Translate the scientific platforms of the center into novel food products
  • Engage in public outreach to increase awareness of the potential of microbial foods to address current global sustainability challenges
  • Take part and lead novel grant applications
  • Present research findings in research papers, conference proceedings and other outreach activities

How to Apply?


fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Documents required

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)

Today’s food production system is highly unsustainable.
At the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at DTU we address this important societal issue by utilizing food waste to produce novel delicious microbial foods based on fermentation. Microbial foods have the potential to substantially improve the carbon footprint of food production, to decrease water-and land use of agriculture, to reduce pollution and to provide a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet tailored for human needs.

The Center for Biosustainability has over a decade of experienced with microbial synthetic biology enabling the rapid production of a variety of proteins such as animal or plant proteins or proteases. This scientific platform will enable exploration of novel approaches to product development based on molecular ingredients paving the way for completely new foods.

Other Benefits

  • Well funded research institute with leading expertise in microbial fermentations and synthetic biology
  • Funding for the group leader position and additional base funding for 2 to 3 scientists within the group
  • Collaborative and supportive work environment
  • Infrastructure to commercialize developed products

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.

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