Postdoc in biomolecular modeling for environmental applications

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne

Frist 8. april 2020

The Water Technology section studies the sustainable treatment of water for domestic, industrial as well as agricultural use. Our work includes dealing with processes and technologies across the continuum from raw water, to potable water, to wastewater, to storm water. Both recovery of resource from used water as well as reuse of water are considered. Computational and experimental studies are conducted and research is done at the laboratory, pilot, and full scale in collaboration with other research institutes, stake holders, and end users.

The biomimetic group works on understanding membrane processes for water treatment including the use of hydraulic, osmotic or electro-chemical gradients across semipermeable membranes. Our particular focus is on new membrane designs, materials and operations.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are looking for an expert in molecular modelling who will be tasked with investigating and studying protein-ligand interactions for potential resource recovery. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with laboratory colleagues. Your tasks include

  • Setting up, running and analyzing molecular dynamics simulations on protein-ligand interactions
  • Parametrization of new residues using quantum mechanical calculations
  • Exploring new computational methodologies for studying protein-ligand interactions
  • Suggesting protein mutations and experiments for our lab-colleagues
  • Designing and planning experiments with our lab-colleagues
  • Putting results in perspective for environmental applications
  • Presentation of results and methods during professional meetings
  • Dissemination via conference contributions and scientific publications
  • Supervision of bachelor, master and PhD students

Candidates should have a PhD degree in molecular modelling within biomolecular science. The candidate should be driven by working in an interdisciplinary field between molecular biology and environmental technology. You are open minded and a creative thinker who likes to explore new ideas and solutions. You are focused on the process as well as the outcome, and you enjoy working on complex topics and are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments.

Qualifications for the position include

  • Experienced with the UNIX command-line and basic data manipulation
  • Programming in R and perl, python or similar
  • Experience in molecular modeling of protein systems
  • Expert knowledge in running molecular dynamics simulations
  • Experience with ligand parametrization, protein design, structure prediction or docking simulations
  • Solid understanding of experimental approaches for studying protein stability and protein-ligand interactions
  • You are a team player with excellent communication skills both spoken and written

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 terms of employment
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 two years, starting from 01.05.2020.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Claus Hélix-Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 2228.

You can read more about DTU Environment at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 8 April 2020 (23:59 local 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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

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 and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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