Postdoc in Fish and Shellfish Behavior using Acoustic Tracking - DTU Aqua

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Job Description

If you have a keen interest in fish and shellfish behavior, hydroacoustics, gear technology and fish population dynamics and assessment, in support of industry development and management advice, this may be the perfect position for you. 

At DTU Aqua, you will combine these areas to ensure that gear technology and management advice is based on the forefront of scientific knowledge of behavior and resulting population dynamics. 

You will join the Section for Marine Living Resources at DTU in Lyngby. The section includes about 50 scientific employees and students and focuses on interdisciplinary research improving our understanding of marine living resources and how they are assessed. It offers an internationally recognized and highly dynamic scientific environment. The period of employment is 1 year.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your work will contribute to strengthening the knowledge of the coupling between fish and shellfish behavior and the optimal gear design on the one hand as well as fish spatial distribution and schooling on the other.

The research tasks will focus on acoustic measurements on both commercial and research vessels, processing of raw data and quantifying movement trajectories of marine specimen and emergent spatial distributions both in front of fishing gears and in relation to prey and predators.

The position includes collaboration with stakeholder organizations, commercial, fishers and Danish and international research institutions. We are looking for an innovative person, preferably a researcher specialized in fish ecology, with excellent skills in acquiring and handling acoustic data, a committed and positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a team, as well as independently.

Important tasks include publication of results in peer reviewed scientific journals, popular journals and technical reports, and provision of advice in national and international arenas. The candidate will be responsible for planning and completing commercial and scientific acoustic surveys to contribute to the development of new methods for incorporating fish and shellfish behavior in gear design and modelling interactions between individuals in a population dynamic context.

In the assessment of the candidates, particular consideration will be given to:

  • Experience with fisheries acoustics and movement ecology.
  • Experience with acoustic surveys on different platforms.
  • Experience with handling and analysis of large amounts of acoustic data using LSSS.
  • Publication in international scientific journals 

Good skills communicating in Danish or similar Scandinavian language will be an advantage. 

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in fish ecology or population modelling. 

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills

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 salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 1 year. Starting date is 01.11.2024 (or according to mutual agreement). 
You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from head of Section for Marine Living Resources Carsten Hvingel, +45 93511196; email: [email protected]  or Research coordinator Stefan Neuenfeldt, +45 35883402, email: [email protected]

You can read more about DTU Aqua at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 June 2024 (23:59 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)
  • Vision for research for the post doc period 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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

About DTU Aqua
DTU Aqua – National Institute of Aquatic Resources – works for well-functioning oceans, rivers, and lakes where biodiversity can thrive. Our research, advisory service, and education contribute to the development of a sustainable blue bioeconomy, robust aquatic ecosystems, and reduced effects of climate change. We have a large national and international network and cooperate with research partners, public authorities, industry, and NGOs. We have state-of-the-art research facilities and Denmark’s only ocean- and arctic-going research vessel. The Institute has 360 employees, one-half being scientific staff, including 45 PhD students. More than 35 nationalities are represented at the Institute, and we support an equal gender distribution. We are located in Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors, and Silkeborg and have regular activities in Greenland. Learn more on

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3595
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 06/04/2024, 07:19 AM
  • Apply Before 06/20/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Henrik Dams Allé, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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