Research Assistant for Bacterial Culture in Centrifugal Microfluidics

onsdag 27 jul 22

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We are looking for a research assistant for a 6 month period, to be part of our interdisciplinary team developing microfluidics in vitro tools for perfusion cell culture and real-time monitoring of cell-drug interaction. The project is financed by a distinguished innovator grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation, COMPACT – Cell culture and On-line Monitoring Platform Anchored on Centrifugal microfluidics Technology.

The project is placed in our IDUN research group (, led by Prof. Anja Boisen at DTU Department of Health Technology.

Research field
You will work in the area of microbiology and microfluidics. Flow based systems and microfluidic-based assays are used in microbiology laboratories when working with bacterial biofilms; however, they are often bulky with a high degree of technological complexity, limiting their usability. The technology developed by us offers ease of use and compactness.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be a part of an interdisciplinary (e.g., biologist, mechanical, optical, and microfluidic engineers) team, where your primary responsibility will be to culture bacterial (e.g. Pseudomonas aeruginosa) biofilms in the microfluidic system developed by the team and perform assay to evaluate tolerance/resistance to antimicrobial agents.

You will work in close collaboration with engineers and provide input about system requirements and performance. Additionally, you will interact with collaborators at DTU Bioengineering, where most of the bacterial culture facilities are.

Candidates should have a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in the field of biology, microbiology, biotechnology or currently enrolled in a master program.

  • Experience in working with bacterial cultures and assays is a must.
  • Self-motivation, interest in technology usage in life science, responsible conduct of experimental work, and good organizational skills are a requirement.
  • Knowledge in using fluorescent/confocal microscope and in image analysis software (e.g. Comstat, Fiji etc.) is relevant.
  • Previous work experience in smaller research project is an additional plus.

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 6 months full time.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Professor Anja Boisen,, tel.: +45 4525 5727, Senior Researcher Kinga Zor,, tel.: +45 4525 5751 and postdoc Laura Serioli Øland, +45 45256337

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 August 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Latest diploma (M.Sc.)

Applications 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.

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