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Team leader for DTU Skylab’s Technology Team

DTU Skylab is looking for a strong technical profile with solid leadership experience to lead our Technology Team and ensure operations and development of our workshops and labs in DTU Skylab.

DTU Skylab is DTU’s Innovation hub. Today we are a vibrant community supporting diverse activities such as; curricular courses, company collaborations and startup support. In the 6 years that Skylab has existed it has become a dynamic innovation hub with 2500 m2 of offices, teaching facilities, workshops and laboratories. The biggest step in the development of DTU Skylab is a donation from the AP Møller Foundation to build an expansion of DTU Skylab which will accommodate new labs, workshops and a large technology development hall. This expansion is currently being built and will open in September of 2020.

The new DTU Skylab aims to connect students, researchers, startups and industry partners in an interdisciplinary ecosystem for technology and business. DTU Skylab is both an innovation environment with startups and company collaborations, and an ambitious learning environment where we train skilled engineers with a desire to make a difference in the world.

The job
As team leader, the technology team will refer to you. The team consist of craftsmen with a broad set of skills ranging from mechanics and metal working to chemistry and food. The team will be expanding to man the new labs and workshops which will include a multilab, a GMO-lab and a rapid prototyping lab. It will be your responsibility to maintain the daily operations of the facilities, which involves facing our many users, most of whom are students. As team leader, you are required to ensure that operations run safely and effectively and that the students learn as much as possible while also adding your experience and knowledge to the product development.

The team leader will also be responsible for the continuous development of the competencies and staffing in the team, and for the purchasing and maintenance of the equipment and materials in the workshops and labs. Many of our users are engaged in startups, so experience with new product development and commercialization will be relevant.

It is DTU Skylab’s mission to become an internationally leading innovation hub. Consequently, a relevant international outlook, network and experience will be considered an advantage. As team leader for technology, you will be responsible for the development of our services to ensure that we produce talented technical innovators and creators. We are curious to learn about new emerging and converging technologies, but we are also a university where we value solid engineering skills and safety.

Your primary tasks will be: 

  • To guarantee operations of the workshops and labs
  • To ensure the team has the right people and skills at all times
  • To be responsible for the procurement and maintenance of equipment
  • To provide an international perspective on how DTU Skylab will approach technology development
  • To ensure that our student users get maximum learning output from their work.
  • You will be a part of the management team, which consists of the two other team leaders and the head of DTU Skylab.

We expect that you have: 

  • +5 years of leadership experience and a record of effectively leading teams, preferably interdisciplinary technology innovation teams.
  • A relevant technical academic background, probably in engineering and with industry experience.
  • Experience with commercial product development and an understanding of prototyping
  • Experience with startups. Either directly or through coaching and mentoring
  • International experience and network
  • A broad technology interest ranging from mechanics to biology
  • An interest in learning and education

As a person we expect you to become a part of our culture and be able to contribute to and build upon the effort that has been established in the first 6 years of DTU Skylab’s journey.

Who are we?
We are approx. 25 full time employees in 3 teams. We have an informal culture and we can laugh, party and be very serious about what we do. We love our users and love to tell all the great stories about the projects running in DTU Skylab, such as; building rockets, farming snails, developing laboratory robots, digital services, student associations, international summits and airborne windturbines.

It is a challenging job in a very dynamic environment with both business suits and welding masks. You will become a part of a culture and organization in constant rapid development, and you will have a lot of influence on this development. 

Terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The position is to be filled 1 January 2020. You will refer to the Head of Skylab and be a part of the management team. 

You will be employed at DTU Skylab and the workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. 

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 10 November 2019 (local time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 

As part of the employment process you will be asked to take a personality test.

If you wish to learn more about DTU Skylab and the position then feel free to contact Head of DTU Skylab Mikkel Sørensen, or Team leader Jakob Svagin,

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

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