Researcher/Senior Researcher in Shellfish Ecology/Production and Coastal Ecology

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Applications are invited for a position as Researcher/Senior Researcher targeting research, public sector consultancy and innovation in shellfish production and fisheries and coastal ecology. The position is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with work location at the Danish Shellfish Centre (DSC, Nykøbing Mors, Denmark).

The DSC conducts research, gives advice and fosters innovation in sustainable farming, fishing and industrial processing of shellfish and seaweed. This is achieved by exploiting coastal natural living resources for the benefit of local communities, seafood industry and the environment. Research addresses different aspects of shellfish and seaweed biology, ecology and production including e.g. environmental impact of shellfish production, ecology of coastal areas in relation to food production, long-line cultivation of mussels, oyster hatching, effects of invasive species and pests on shellfish and seaweed production, prawn and crab fishery and development of equipment to provide a sustainable production. DSC covers research addressing coastal zone ecology with special focus on the interactions between exploitation of shellfish/seaweeds and the aquatic environment, in relation to both impact assessments and advice on sustainable management. DSC is located at Nykøbing Mors with modern research, experimental and developmental facilities and has a close cooperation with industry, research institutions, organizations and universities.

Responsibilities and tasks
For this position we are looking broadly within the Danish Shellfish Centre work area in order to advance our understanding of shellfish ecology and biology in relation to production and utilisation including environmental interactions with focus on bivalves. This includes i) improving our understanding of the ecological role of shellfish and impact of shellfish production in coastal areas; ii) developing our understanding of the impact of invasive species and shellfish diseases in coastal areas; iii) developing economical and ecological sustainable methods for new species in lower trophic level aquaculture; iv) evaluation of management plans and technical measures allowing a sustainable shellfish production. The research is done in a combination of analysing data acquired from field and laboratory experiments, data from public and fisheries monitoring as well as data from commercial productions utilising modelling techniques in an interlinked approach. Innovative skills are important, as the area requires new solutions.

The Researcher/Senior Researcher is expected to improve the capacity of the institute for conducting relevant research within the field, giving advice to managers of fisheries and environment, policy makers and other relevant authorities as well as foster innovation in cooperation with the industry. The Researcher/Senior Researcher is furthermore expected to be actively engaged in writing applications to both national Danish and international funding agencies as well as participating and being in charge of existing projects at the Danish Shellfish Centre.

The Researcher/Senior Researcher will contribute to teaching in the master education Aquatic Science and Technology and on PhD level, and supervise PhD students and postdocs as well as participate in the daily operations of the DSC centre for dissemination and education.

Candidates should as minimum have a PhD degree or equivalent – candidates for a senior researcher position must further have experience at least as Assistant Professor/Researcher/Postdoc or similar qualifications and have a track record of internationally acknowledged research in shellfish ecology and biology and coastal/estuarine ecology.

The candidate should have experience, knowledge and visions for integration of scientific findings with utilisation of results on a practical level in shellfish productions or fisheries management procedures or ecosystem systemic analysis and management. Experience with practical methods and procedures are important but candidates with modelling experiences are also invited to apply.

Further qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Good communication skills are required and the candidate should be able to communicate with both fishermen and managers.
  • The ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset.
  • Experience in scientific diving is an advantage.

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

  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • experience in teaching and education
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience and network
  • the ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

We offer
DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

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

The position as senior researcher and researcher is permanent. The research scientist will after a maximum of 4 years transfer to a position as senior researcher provided that the employee is recommended for assessment and is deemed qualified. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU .

The position is a permanent position and workplace will be at DSC’s facilities in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jens Kjerulf Petersen, , +45 96690283.

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Application procedure:
We must have your online application by 19 April 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for” please indicate whether you are applying for position as Senior Researcher or Researcher.

The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications (applicants applying for the post as Senior Researcher should indicate scientific highlights)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. )
  • Documentation for participation in teacher training course.

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

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. 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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