Research Scientist in Metabolic Engineering

Apply before: 31/08/2020

Join BioPhero to Create a Sustainable Future

BioPhero is a biotech start-up in Copenhagen (Denmark) dedicated to making affordable, safe insecticide replacements. Our mission is to lead the global transition towards sustainable agriculture, where safe pheromone-based products become the primary method for pest control.

BioPhero was founded in 2016 as a spin-out from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and has attracted investment from Novo Seeds, Syngenta Ventures, and SDI. The combination of strong market demand for pheromones, an excellent sustainability profile, and the potential of our production technology has earned BioPhero a spot in Labiotech’s recent list of top-20 biotech companies in the EU. Today, BioPhero has successfully established its technology and is now in the process of introducing its first products to the market.

The Role

You will join our Strain Development team and have the responsibility for developing yeast strains for the production of pheromones. You are a creative, innovative, solution-oriented scientist, who takes pride in accomplishing complex projects and meeting tight deadlines.

You will work closely with the Production and Process development team, which carries out process optimization and up-scaling. You will collaborate with several leading European academic research groups within a large EU-funded project OLEFINE ( The role has limited travel activity. Occasionally, some research activities may require working outside normal office hours.

Key Responsibilities

Innovate, design, and create high-performing yeast strains
Record and present results
Continuously improve BioPhero’s genetic toolbox and screening methods
Contribute to the workflow optimization and automation
Collaborate with EU project partners and customers


You have a PhD degree and several years of industrial research and/or PostDoc experience
You are creative, have an analytical mind and a positive attitude
You have hands-on experience with metabolic engineering of yeasts, preferably Yarrowia lipolytica
Other relevant skills: Bioinformatics, programming (Python, R), statistical data analysis, analysis of ‘omic data (genome sequencing, RNAseq, proteome)
You are efficient and accurate and take pride in a job well done
You are a team player
You are fluent in English, both oral and written

We offer

The opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial company with a start-up culture, dedicated and wonderful colleagues, great opportunities for professional and personal growth, and backed by serious investors
The opportunity to expand your skills as part of a world-class scientific biotech team
The opportunity to make a significant contribution to the sustainability of global agriculture
To join a company with a clear mission, world-class technical infrastructure, supportive colleagues, and a culture that values collective success
Competitive salary and company pension
An important role in the company where your success will contribute to the success of the team
Central work location in Copenhagen (Østerbro), close to the Metro line.

Applications will be evaluated as we receive them until August 31st, 2020, but please apply early. When the right candidate appears, we will not hesitate to sign a contract, so don’t wait until the last moment.

If you would like to use your skills to change global agriculture in a more sustainable direction, and if you believe you can make a difference for BioPhero, then we hope to hear from you! Please send your CV and cover letter using the form below. For more information, contact Head of Strain Development Carina Holkenbrink +45 5270 1615 or CTO Irina Borodina at +45 6177 5451.

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