Software Engineer(s)

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning

Frist 31. december 2019

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is invites applications for Software Engineer(s).

About the Center for Biosustainability
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is developing new technologies for engineering microbes, turning them into cell factories, which are designed for efficient production of a specific compound in a commercially competitive way. Today, many pharmaceuticals and chemicals are produced from oil or rare plant material. By using genome-scale modelling, advanced robotics and bioengineering, the Center’s researchers design and construct cell factories capable of converting low-value carbon sources to high-value chemical compounds and therapeutics in a more sustainable, cost-effective manner than today. In short: by using cell factories, we can go from an oil-based chemical industry to a highly sustainable bio-based industry.

The Center is part of a cluster of research centers that aim at attracting the world’s best researchers, and thereby creating the basis for an internationally oriented and innovative research environment of the highest quality to benefit society. The Center collaborates with the world’s leading researchers within the field and has established strategic alliances with universities in the United States (UCSD), Sweden (Chalmers and KTH), South Korea (KAIST) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen). Innovation is a high priority at the Center. Therefore, it collaborates with biotechnology companies and the chemical industry to enhance knowledge sharing and the application of the Center’s results.

At the Center for Biosustainability, we are developing an integrated informatics platform, called Lifelike that will allow us to derive deep insights from big data, exposing answers to some of the world’s biggest problems. Lifelike is based on knowledge graphs, which is a human and machine-readable format for managing knowledge, providing researchers with the most comprehensive understanding of their projects and organisms of interest. This comprehensive knowledge base can then be used to ask questions, contextualize experimental data and to close knowledge gaps with the help of public data and literature. Lifelike includes many applications to help scientists in their research activity, besides data and literature mining it includes also network reconstruction, computational modeling, simulations and laboratory information management.

Position Summary
You will join as software engineer the Software Development & Data Architecture group of our Informatics unit where we are developing the Lifelike software platform.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop web user interface components using Angular, Angular-Material, web services and REST APIs
  • Develop backend code in Python, Flask

Current technologies in use are: Persistence, caching: PostgreSQL, Redis; Web service: Python 3, Flask, SQLAlchemy, Graphene (GraphQL); Web interface: TypeScript, Angular, Angular-Material, Apollo (GraphQL); Deployment & CI: NGINX, Docker, Jenkins.

A degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or similar or equivalent work experience in software engineering is required. In addition, you should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience in full-stack development
  • Developing web services in Python including unit tests and documentation
  • Familiar with Agile software development practices
  • Excellent interpersonal skills — able to work with technical and scientific staff with different roles and professional backgrounds and willingness to learn from others
  • Cooperative nature and be willing to nurture talents in yourself and your teammates
  • Knowledge of Biology and graph databases are a plus
  • Knowledge with semantic technologies like RDF, natural language processing and knowledge graphs are a big plus

Education & special trainings

  • University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Computational Biology, Life Science or Computer Science.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus.

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

Furthermore we offer:

  • A meaningful project mission of making a step towards a green sustainable economy
  • A multidisciplinary team of biotechnologists, data scientists and software engineers
  • A budget for self-development activities, courses and conferences. We believe that learning is crucial for success and motivation
  • Horizontal team structure where everybody has a voice and can make impactful decisions
  • Social life; the Center is located on the campus of the Technical University of Denmark and has an in-house gym, a library, a brewing club and much more

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 31 December 2019. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Vincenzo Capuano, Director Software and Data Architecture at

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is an international research center at the Technical University of Denmark funded by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The center conducts research in metabolic engineering of cell factories, in silico systems biology, metagenomics, and plant biochemistry with the purpose of developing new processes and technologies that can support a more sustainable bio-based production of valuable chemicals in the future. The Center brings together some of the world's leading researchers in the field and will possess the advanced equipment and facilities required for achieving its ambitious research goals. Impact on society by innovation has a high priority and the Center collaborates worldwide with biotech companies and chemical industries to facilitate the dissemination and exploitation of its results.

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 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

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