Do you want to develop ground-breaking scientific software?

If you have backend software development with strong database skills, and you are looking for a job that is different from most software jobs, you have it right here. At DTU Biosustain you will be part of a highly inspiring R&D environment where you can learn a lot and contribute to the development of very advanced software solutions aimed at solving some of the world’s greatest challenges – new environment friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate friendly farming, etc. Please note that the position is limited for a 3 years period.

Develop software as the foundation for new scientific achievements

At DTU Biosustain we create novel methods and technologies as a foundation for development of new environment friendly products, better and less energy consuming manufacturing processes, new medical treatments, climate friendly farming, etc.

As Database/Backend Developer, you will contribute to the success of our products. You will work with both maintenance and optimisation of existing databases and contribute to the further development of our ground-breaking new informatics platform named Lifelike. Lifelike is a knowledge management and data analytics platform that stores knowledge in a human and machine-readable format that allows researchers and computers to work together in understanding and solving complex problems. We have utilized the newest knowledge within Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and knowledge graphs. More specifically you will:

  • Work with our Informatics/Data Architect on designing and implementing relational and graph database stores (Neo4J, PostgreSQL, SQL Server)
  • mplement robust ETL and data loading scripts
  • Perform routine data management activities like analysis, cleansing, and reporting
  • Work with data owners on data collection processes
  • Support our software engineers on data warehousing and data lake projects
  • Keep up with best practices in emerging data management practices
  • Develop backend code in Python
  • Work in an Agile software development environment

Our current technologies and tools

  • Persistence and caching: PostgreSQL, Redis, Neo4j, Elasticsearch, Azure SQL Database (SQL Server)
  • Clouds: Google and Azure

You will join a team of Computer Scientists, Biology Professionals and Data Science Specialists based in Copenhagen and the US. You will be based at DTU in Lyngby, Copenhagen. Our culture is characterised by trust, knowledge sharing, joined decisions and helpfulness. Travelling is not part of the job but as we work closely together with colleagues in the US, you must be ready to do some calls outside normal office hours.

Degree in computer science and excellent knowledge of databases

You must bring overview and interest in the total solutions in order to understand how you can build the best possible components. As you will be trusted with great responsibility you must be able to plan your work to deliver within agreed deadlines. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • A university degree in computer science or equivalent
  • Work experience in database design and modelling like relational databases, SQL and Graph databases, in particular Neo4J
  • Familiarity with databases and scripting / programming (preferably Python)
  • Familiarity with data warehouse and data lake implementation
  • Good Python programming skills
  • Familiarity with biological data including omics data types such as genomics and transcriptomics would be a plus
  • GitHub knowledge
  • Knowledge of Biology would be a plus
  • Agile knowledge

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.

Application and contact

Please submit your online application no later than 22 November 2020.

Open the “Apply online” link, and fill out the form. Applications must be submitted in English as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration including CV, cover letter, diploma and if relevant list of publications.

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If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Vincenzo Capuano, Director Software and Data Architecture at [email protected]

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

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain)

Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has fundamentally changed the scope and ambition of harnessing the potential of biological systems. Big data approaches and analysis of biological systems are key research instruments at the Center. DTU Biosustain utilizes these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods. Learn more at

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 12,000 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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