PhD Scholarship in Marine Population Dynamics and Management, Technical University of Denmark

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A PhD Scholarship in Marine Population Dynamics and Management is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date October 2011. The scholarship is mainly financed by the Strategic Research Council Project MAFIA.
The project will primarily be carried out in the Section for Management Systems in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark. The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 90 academic employees.
PhD Project description
The aim of the project is to investigate the feeding biology, growth dynamics and bio-energetics of whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in the Western Baltic Sea, and to compare these population dynamic parameters with those of its conspecific in the North Sea. The impact of influencing factors on the above parameters, such as seasonal and geographical variation in e.g. hydrographical conditions (temperature, salinity, oxygen), as well as sex, maturity, age and condition specific variability will be evaluated in the comparative study between Baltic and North Sea whiting.
Whiting stomach analyses and otolith based growth analyses from a large number of Western Baltic Sea individuals comprise together with basic information on individual weight, sex and maturity the core data within this PhD project. Liver and gonads will also be retrieved for estimation of spawning season, fecundity and energy density per egg to obtain an estimate of the gonadal growth in relation to energy availability. The energetic studies that encompass energy consumption for different whiting predator length groups will be based on sampled stomachs as well as growth analyses of whiting predators The field work will additionally comprise collection of herring, sprat, and other selected vertebrate and invertebrate prey by size to attain estimates of prey morphometry and energy density to be used in a bio-energetic model.  A similar model already exists for North Sea whiting allowing a comparative study.
Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate who has: 

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, or equivalent
  • Previous experience in marine, aquatic, ecological and/or population dynamics research
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated quantitative analytical skills
  • Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences

Approval and Enrolment
Scholarships for a PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs at DTU. For information about the general require­ments for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students at DTU. The period of employment is 3 years.
Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Senior Scientist and Head of Research Section J. Rasmus Nielsen ---. (+45 21 31 49 69)
General information may be obtained from Helge Abildhauge Thomsen, --- (+45) 3588 3020, or Ulla Heiberg, ---.
Application:
Applications should be submitted online. Please open the link "apply for this job online", fill in the application form and attach all the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae - including a list of publications
  • A letter motivating the application
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Conversion of grade averages to Danish grades (see guidelines for the conversion here)
  • Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above.
  • Deadline for application:
    Applications should be received no later than 25st August 2011.
    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
    The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 280 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Silkeborg and Hirtshals as well as on Dana. You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk



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