Academic Assistant to Fisheries Acoustics for Monitoring of Pelagic Fish Stocks

DTU Aqua
Monday 19 Nov 18

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Section for Monitoring and Data is responsible for planning and data collection on scientific monitoring surveys and from the commercial fishery. The data collection is conducted using the Institute’s own research vessels and from commercial ships at sea and in fishing ports around Denmark. Data collection also covers environmental variables (physical and biological oceanography, plankton and fish larvae sampling).

The section is also responsible for the data processing and data support for assessments as well as research projects using both data from the Institute's own scientific surveys and fishery-dependent data as well as ecosystems data. These comprehend information on fish and shellfish species' biology such as identification and distribution, age readings, sex ratios and maturity determination. Time series of these data are provided for the assessment of fish and shellfish stocks and are an essential contribution for e.g. studies on the effect of climate change on marine fisheries resources.

The section contributes to the development of new observation technologies and provides maintenance of scientific equipment at sea with RV Dana and on shore. Furthermore, the section provides the vessel crew for RV Havfisken and other smaller research vessels.

The advertised position includes the planning and organizing of acoustic / pelagic trawl surveys for monitoring of pelagic fish stocks, application of state-of-the-art acoustic methods for recording of pelagic fish abundance and distribution and complementary collection and analysis of physical and biological environmental conditions.

Responsibilities and tasks 
You will be responsible for 
  • Planning, organising and conducting DTU Aqua’s acoustic monitoring surveys in the Northeast Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea,
  • Process the data and provide quantitative estimation of abundance of target species from the surveys,
  • Participate in ICES working groups to
    • Plan internationally coordinated pelagic surveys
    • Provide survey results to stock assessment of pelagic species and contribute to advisory work
    • Contribute to development of acoustic survey methods.
Applicants are required to have: 
  • a M.Sc. (or Ph.D.) in quantitative fisheries biology or zoology
  • In-depth understanding of bio-acoustic methods
  • Experience with acoustic data acquisition and processing in respect to quantitative abundance estimation
  • Experience with acoustic monitoring survey design and performance at sea
Additional desirable skills would be: 
  • Knowledge in physical oceanography and stock assessment methods for pelagic fish species
  • Familiarity with biological/ecological time series data and fisheries oceanographic principles is desirable
The position requires ability to go at sea on research vessel cruises (Northeast Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic Sea) for about 4 – 5 weeks per year and includes travel activities to ICES Expert Groups for about 3 – 4 weeks per year in total.  

The advertised position is attached to the section for monitoring and data in Hirtshals where the technical expertise on acoustic monitoring equipment and the methodological skills is located. Cooperation with other DTU institutes and DTU’s research groups will require frequent travelling between Hirtshals and Copenhagen.

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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The position is full time with start 1 April 2019. 

The position i based at DTU-Aqua, Section for Monitoring and Data, North Sea Centre, 9850 Hirtshals, Denmark.

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Application and contact 
Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2018. Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 

If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Kai Wieland, Head of Monitoring section in Hirtshals, phone: +45 3588 or Karl-Johan Stæhr, Senior consultant for acoustic monitoring in Hirtshals, phone: +45 3588

You can read more about DTU Aqua at  

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

DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). DTU Aqua conducts research, provides advice, educates at university level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. DTU Aqua has approximately 325 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc.  The institute is organized into nine scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions. DTU Aqua has employees in Lyngby, Silkeborg, Hirtshals and in Nykøbing Mors.

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.