Professor in Fish Nutritional Physiology and Bioenergetics - DTU Aqua

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Job Description

DTU invites applications for a position as professor in Fish Nutritional Physiology and Bioenergetics. The position is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Aquaculture and is based at the institute’s locality in Hirtshals at the North Sea Science Park.

The professor is expected to lead the research field of fish nutrition, physiology and welfare considering water quality characteristics in aquaculture systems, being a key area for the sustainable development of aquaculture.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Employment requires innovative research at high international level within fish nutritional physiology in aquaculture, and a track record in research leadership, including visionary strategic development, leading a multidisciplinary research group and planning, funding, implementing, as well as running interdisciplinary research projects.

Required is a track record in attracting external research funding, coordination of national and international initiatives within the research field and in contribution to teaching on BSc, MSc and PhD level.

Fish bioenergetics and growth performance in aquaculture systems is dependent on feed utilization and water quality, impacting on fish respiration, stress physiology and welfare. The professor is expected to lead the scientific/technical development in the research field, which requires cooperation with other units in the institute, the university as well as relevant national and international research organisations.

The research field and working area include the following aspects:

  • Bioenergetics of fish in aquaculture including nutrient and energy intake and utilization, as well as growth performance. 
  • Impact of feed ingredients on fish nutrition and feed utilisation, with subjects like amino acid/protein digestibility, utilization and excretion, fatty acids, and enzyme activity in the digestive tract. 
  • Impact of physical and chemical water characteristics on bioenergetics, metabolism, behaviour and welfare.
  • Dissolved gases in aquaculture, including methods and efficiency of aeration/degassing installations, and the significance of gas saturation levels on fish physiology and performance.
  • Physiological and welfare related consequences of farming conditions.

The applicant should have actively disseminated their research, e.g. via peer-reviewed publications and contributions to scientific symposia. 

As part of the appointment, the professor will be involved in national advisory functions to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment as well as municipal authorities and industry. Advice concern mainly operational conditions in aquaculture systems, especially increasing animal physiological performance and welfare.

The professor is expected to contribute to teaching, specifically taking a lead in the aquaculture study line of the MSc in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, PhD supervision as well as mentoring of Post-docs and tenure-track early career scientists. 
DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

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

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience 
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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. 

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Institute Director Fritz Köster, email: [email protected], cell phone: +45 21362805 or Vice-director Anders Koed, email: [email protected], cell phone: +45 21685641.

You can read more about DTU Aqua on

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 16 April 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 now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research 
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio  including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .

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.

DTU Aqua provides research, advice, innovation 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 integration of results in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua is structured into 9 scientific sections, covering 14 different research areas and has 350 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The department has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessels DANA and HAVFISKEN. DTU Aqua has locations in Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors, and Silkeborg and regular activities in Greenland.

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 3209
  • Job Category VIP A
  • Posting Date 02/20/2024, 04:52 AM
  • Apply Before 04/16/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Henrik Dams Allé, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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