Full-stack Developer for Synthetic Biology Design Platform

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    The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
    Biological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    28/07/2017 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Denmark › Lyngby


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking a highly motivated and skilled software engineer to help build a web-based software platform for data-driven design of microbial cells and communities. The Center conducts research on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of microbial and mammalian cell factories for chemical and therapeutic protein production. The position will be within the DD-DeCaF consortium, a project recently funded by the European Commission to develop new bioinformatics approaches that leverage system-level data for biotechnological applications.

The job
With advances in synthetic biology, genomes can now be edited at unprecedented speed and fidelity allowing making multiple changes in the same genome at the same time. This increases the need for computational tools to design cells and communities of cells analogous to the tools used in Computer Aided Design (CAD) of cars, buildings and other man-made objects. The European Commission has awarded 6.3 million Euros to a four-year collaborative project to build a CAD tool for data-driven design of cells and microbial communities. Applications will range from human health to sustainable production of chemicals.

As a successful applicant, you will be part of a diverse group of scientists and engineers from leading academic institutions and innovative companies that will work towards this common goal. At DTU Biosustain, you will join an agile team of engineers that makes cutting edge technologies accessible to cell factory engineers. Furthermore, you will regularly interact with other teams at DTU Biosustain to ensure interoperability with other software products developed at DTU Biosustain. Together as a team you’ll share the responsibilities of development, testing, deployment, and operation of the platform.

A prototype of the platform is hosted at https://app.dd-decaf.eu. We furthermore enjoy open source software and most of our code is publicly available at https://github.com/biosustain and https://github.com/dd-decaf. You can find our Scrum board here https://waffle.io/DD-DeCaF/scrum.

Primary areas of responsibility


  • Develop front-end tools and UIs using TypeScript and AngularJS
  • Develop and operate a microservice framework of Dockerized webservices (visualization, databases, simulation tools etc.) that will form the back-end of the DeCaF platform
  • Distribute, collaborate on, and deploy services using GitHub, continuous integration (CI) and Docker
  • The share between front-end and back-end work will be flexibly adjusted to your skills and preferences

Our expectations of you


  • Able to write high-quality, structured and maintainable code
  • Up-to-date knowledge of JavaScript/Typescript and web application front-end development
  • Knowledge of server-side web development in Python, Ruby, Node.js, Go, Rust or similar
  • Experience working with RESTful APIs in a web application context
  • Familiarity with one or more modern front-end JavaScript frameworks using MVC/MVVM patterns such as AngularJS, React, or similar
  • Experience designing data models for database ORMs and writing RESTful APIs
  • Experience with Docker or deployment of web applications to AWS, Heroku etc. or other deployment and operations knowledge is a plus
  • Experience with developing and working with microservices is a plus
  • Prior experience with projects involving relatively complex data is a plus
  • Genuine interest in data analysis, visualization (D3) and biology is a plus 

If you have public profiles in the development community such as on GitHub or StackOverflow, please include the links with your CV or cover letter. If you’ve done front-end work in the past, please indicate a few websites you have contributed to.

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.

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

The period of employment is 2 and a half years.

The working place will be at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than Friday, July 28th, 2017.

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Nikolaus Sonnenschein, Senior Researcher, iLoop Core Platform on e-mail niso@biosustain.dtu.dk

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

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.
The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus, offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)

EURAXESS offer ID: 228142