Postdoctoral Fellowship in analysis of environmental DNA, "eDNA" from marine organisms

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Within the research area “Population Genetics” at The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua, we offer a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the field of environmental DNA analysis.

The fellow will be employed at DTU Aquas´s location in Silkeborg, Jutland, which besides the Population Genetics group also hosts the section for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology (FFE). The starting time is negotiable, but preferably around 1 June 2017.

The job
The successful candidate will work on a number of funded projects within the topic of environmental DNA from marine organisms. The main focus will be on the application and evaluation of an in situ, underwater automated DNA laboratory; the “ESP” (Environmental Sample Processor), for qPCR (quantitative PCR) based eDNA analysis. The aim is to apply the ESP for improved monitoring and management of a number of species, ranging from rare over invasive to marine ecosystem key species. Another main task will be development, test and application of species specific qPCR assays for monitoring a range of invasive species in Danish harbours.

The population genetics group at DTU Aqua has three senior researchers (one professor, two senior research scientists), one postdoc, three laboratory technicians, PhD and masters students (currently four PhD and one MSc student). Our main research focus is on Fisheries and Conservation Genetics, i.e. to apply molecular genetic tools to solve problems in fisheries science and conservation biology in order to contribute to long term sustainable management of marine resources and biodiversity. Our project portfolio ranges from basic science to projects directly targeted at providing specific management advice, and most projects encompass both basic and applied aspects. In recent years the group’s main focus has shifted from genetics to genomics. Thus, most ongoing projects include genomic analysis. The facilities in Silkeborg comprise a fully equipped state of the art genetics laboratory, including DNA lab facilities for manipulating sensitive DNA samples.

The DTU Aqua Silkeborg location currently employs around 35 people including six PhD students. The young researchers work on a diversity of projects related to fish ecology and genetics aiming at fisheries resource management and biodiversity protection. They actively interact through various fora including regular seminars and the local study group in population ecology and genetics.

We invite applications from post doc level researchers with a background in eDNA analysis or related research fields. In particular experience in designing, testing and applying qPCR assays for species specific identification and quantification is will be considered an asset.

As we are in a process to expand the group’s competences with respect to genomic analysis, we strongly encourage applicants with previous bioinformatics experience in relation to handling and analysing genomic data. The candidate will be selected based on previous scientific track record and qualifications of relevance to the described projects.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further information
For further information please contact the Population Genetics research coordinator, professor Einar Eg Nielsen ( ), tel +45 3588  3115.

You can read more about DTU Aqua at and more on population genetics

Please do not send applications to Principal Investigators, instead apply online as described below.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment terms will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Starting date is negotiable. The position is for 3 years.

Place of work is DTU Aqua in Silkeborg, Denmark.

Application procedure
We must have your online application by 25 April 2017.

Please open the link "apply online" and fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Your application
  • Curriculum vitae with publication list
  • Diploma
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • If applicable, other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The institute is organised 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, Hirtshals, Silkeborg as well as on Dana.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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