Postdoc in Benthic Ecology and Fisheries Impact

Updated: 4 months ago

Applications are invited for a position as post doc targeting research and public sector consultancy in benthic ecology and effects of fisheries. The position is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) Section of Coastal Ecology with work location in Kgs. Lyngby.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The work area of the position is to advance our understanding benthic ecology with focus on benthic macro invertebrates and how the benthic environment is affected by fisheries. This includes i) Improving our understanding of how fisheries impact the benthic fauna in an environment that is already impacted by other anthropogenic pressures; ii) improving our understanding of different benthic habitats in relation to faunistic diversity; and iii) improving our understanding of governing factors for benthic fauna.

You are expected to improve our capacity for conducting relevant research within the field, disseminate the results in scientific journals and public media and give advice to policy makers and other relevant authorities as well as participate in the growing interest for marine nature restoration. You are furthermore expected to be actively engaged in writing applications for both national Danish and international funding as well as overseeing projects and participate in research groups dissemination and teaching activities that include dissemination to a broader audience.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Furthermore, we are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Experience in benthic fauna in inner Danish waters including estuaries like the Limfjorden, the Belt Sea and Kattegat.
  • Experience in working with fisheries impact and using data from Black Box, VMS and AIS.
  • Experience in working with trait-based analysis.
  • A strong innovative approach to the research field both in relation to developing the research but also in relation to the development of new solutions and new concepts.
  • The ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset.
  • The ability to finalize a large project in the department in relation to effects of fisheries in different coastal areas.

We offer
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 allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years. Starting date: March 30th , 2022.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of section Jens Kjerulf Petersen, , +45 96690283.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 24 January 2022 (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)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The research covered by the Section for Coastal Ecology, DTU Aqua includes the ecology of the coastal zone from nutrient dynamics to fish as well as the coastal zone as a fishing ground and production area for low-trophic aquaculture, i.e. farming of shellfish, seaweed etc. 

The research topics include some general themes: 

  • Aquaculture of low-trophic species (mussels, oysters, lobsters, seaweed etc.).
  • Fisheries and effects of fishery and seaweed collection in the coastal zone.
  • Invasive species and their importance.
  • Marine habitats and their importance in the coastal zone for biodiversity and fish stocks.
  • Effects of anthropogenic pressure factors.
  • Studies of the conditions that regulate fish stocks in the coastal waters.

Research in the aquaculture of low-trophic species is based on hatchery facilities and grow out units for mussels, oysters, and seaweed and covers all aspects from production of seeding material to market or restoration size products. The area also includes the use of low-trophic species as a marine mitigation measure for eutrophication.

The section is divided into two research groups: "Sustainable Resource Utilization" and "Environmental Impact and Habitats". The section is in two locations, in Nykøbing Mors at the Danish Shellfish Centre, where there are also outreach activities and in Lyngby, where the section is located on campus.

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