PhD scholarship in enzyme technology and biophysics. If you are seeking to establish your career as a scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation to do so, then the opportunity is right here. At DTU Bioengineering you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of enzyme technology and biophysics with plant biomass conversion. We seek a full time PhD student for 3 years to join a new project on the discovery of new enzymes and proteins for modification of plant biomass and development of new biophysical methodology.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The PhD scholar will be part of the research that leads DTU Bioengineering into the future for sustainable plant biomass utilization. The position will focus on discovery of new proteins and enzymes for plant cell wall deconstruction and developing a new understanding of the biophysical parameters that govern the plant cell wall composition. This will significantly strengthen the knowledge base for improving current technological solutions to plant biomass utilization

Your primary tasks will be:

  • Discovery of new proteins and enzymes via bioinformatics tools
  • Molecular cloning, expression and purification of proteins
  • Characterization of new proteins with respect to activity, properties and behavior under specific assay conditions
  • Performing and interpreting biophysical measurements
  • Performing biochemical assays and analytical techniques including chromatography and mass spectrometry

A formal requirement is that you must 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.

Besides, it is desirable if you are already acquainted with any of the skills necessary to perform the above-mentioned tasks but not a strict requirement.

You must be fluent in English both spoken and written.

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.

The assessment will be done by Assistant Professor Jane W. Agger who will also be the main supervisor.

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.

The starting date of the position is 1st of September 2022 or soon hereafter according to mutual agreement. The position is full time.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Prof. Jane W. Agger (

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than15 June 2022 (Danish 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it. Applications 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.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in the areas of biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine.

We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses, and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 400 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus

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 13,400 students and 5,800 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.

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Apply no later than 15 June 2022. Apply for the job at DTU Bioengineering by completing the following form.

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