Post-doctoral researcher on Mackerel Biology and Assessment

DTU Aqua
Wednesday 12 Sep 18

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Applications are invited for a 2-year position as postdoc with emphasis on research and advice in relation to North Atlantic mackerel.

The researcher will join the group of researchers working in the cross field between biological research and stock assessment at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark. The group focuses on interdisciplinary research and application of research results in relation to fish stock assessment and advice, an area where we plan for future increase in permanent positions.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position includes research, stakeholder collaboration, advisory tasks and survey participation.
The research focus is on mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the North Sea. Spatial patterns in length-at-age, maturity, and consumption of other commercial species will be key elements of the research project. Data from a mackerel survey in July will play a key role in the analyses, but also information from the literature, fishery and international scientific surveys in the area will be used.
Stakeholder collaboration, advisory work and survey participation include preparation and participation in ICES WGWIDE meetings, ICES WGIPS, ad hoc ICES meetings (c. 3-4 weeks per year), meetings with representatives from the fishery, NGOs and managers, and participation in a 3-week survey in July on board a commercial fishing vessel.

Additional tasks include the development of new research and management projects, including project applications and publication of results in peer reviewed scientific journals, popular journals and technical reports, as well as provision of advice to the Ministry of foreign affairs of Denmark.
We are looking for a person that can work independently as well as in teams, preferably a biologist with skills in scientific writing, R-programming, and statistical modelling. Knowledge about mackerel or experience with ICES related work is considered an asset but not a requirement.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree or equivalent, with a strong background in quantitative fish or fisheries science and applied statistics and be able to communicate in English and Scandinavian to audiences at all levels.

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

  • Experience with R-programming and statistical modelling and data analysis
  • Knowledge about pelagic fish biology
  • Experience with working in research projects
  • The ability to communicate in English as well as a Scandinavian language
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-scientists
  • Research potential, including experience with publication in scientific journals
  • Innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas and projects
  • Ability to work conscientiously in a team as well as independently
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.

DTU Aqua is involved in research, education and counselling relative to the influence of human activities on the production of marine resources, changes that alter the structure and function of marine ecosystems and ecosystem robustness to climate induced changes.

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.

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Place of employment will be at DTU Aqua, section for Marine Living Resources, Kemitorvet 1, Lyngby, Denmark.

Period of employment is 2 years.

Further information
Can be obtained from senior scientist Mikael van Deurs, +45 35883428 ; email: or head of Section for Marine Living Resources Henrik Mosegaard, +45 35883461; email:

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Please submit your online application no later than 10 October 2018 (local time).

Applications must be in English and 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 one pdf file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • A summary of the applicant’s latest research results
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 about half 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 Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors and Silkeborg as well as on DANA.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.