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For our Strains Department in the Discovery team in Hørsholm we are looking for a theoretical biologist with a strong microbial physiology background within the field of Computational Systems Biology. Experimental biologists with computational biology experience are also invited to apply. 

The Discovery team is part of the Innovation organization within our biggest division, Cultures & Enzymes. In the CED-Discovery team we are currently 27 dedicated colleagues: 4 managers, 12 scientists and 11 technicians. Specifically, in the Strains Department we aim at gaining in-depth understanding of the physiology of Lactic Acid Bacteria for knowledge guided improvement of strains to be applied in new product development. Our ultimate goal is to develop new bacterial strains with improved functionalities and performance for the global fermented food industries, especially for dairy fermentations. Today's consumers demand natural, healthier, clean label foods with great organoleptic properties (flavor, texture, etc). In a science-based framework, we use microbial physiology insights to develop the cultures that can provide these solutions, thus satisfying the needs of the modern consumer. In addition, we place great research efforts in fulfilling the needs and requirements of our customers regarding phage robustness, shelf-life extension, waste reduction, and overall cost-effective fermentation processes. 

Your tasks 
our main focus will be on the generation of genome-scale biochemical reconstructions of our key Lactic Acid Bacteria. 
  • The work is part of cross organizational effort to establish a platform for -omics data integration and interpretation with the ability to predict behaviors and facilitate rational strain improvement and process design
  • Prediction of pathways for production of key functionalities in LAB and other microorganisms 
  • Collaboration with experimental biologists in analyzing experimental data and planning strategies for strain improvement
  • You will be responsible for research projects, including cross-organizational communication and coordination internally and with outside partners
  • You will engage in network building activities i.e. contact to and cooperation with specialists within different research fields at institutions, universities and other private companies 
 Your personal profile
  • You have a Ph.D. in Microbial Systems Biology, Computational Biology, Biology and Biochemistry (with computational biology experience)
  • You have a solid background in computational biology and a good understanding of microbial physiology
  • Experience in genome-scale biochemical reconstruction, constraint-based modeling and analysis
  • Experience in -omics data analysis e.g. genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics
  • Good programming skills (e.g. R, Matlab or equivalent language) and experience with data integration platform applications is desirable
  • Previous experience in microbial physiology and strain development is a big plus
  • Experience in doing research in multidisciplinary environments 
  • Good communication skills in English are required
  • You are innovative and enthusiastic towards new ideas
  • You have a high degree of independence and responsibility, and you can be a driver for your area of work 

We offer 
A position with direct report to Department Manager of Strains, within the Cultures & Enzymes Division (CED). We offer a stimulating, international workplace within a professional organization focused on linking solid scientific research to business opportunities. 

If you have any questions for the position, please feel free to contact Rute Neves by e-mail: dkruns @ chr-hansen or phone: +45 6034 1012. 
Please apply on-line, click here. Here you can enter your details into our CV-bank. 
Deadline for applications is 3 January 2014
Read more about working for Chr. Hansen at: www.chr-hansen.com/career

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posted 2013.12.03