Researcher for Integrated Studies in Fish Biology

DTU Aqua
Wednesday 02 May 18

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DTU Aqua invites applications for a Research Scientist position in fish biology with focus on aquaculture-related experimental research on early life history of marine species. The position is affiliated with the Fish Biology Research Group within the Section for Living Marine Resources.

DTU Aqua is a dynamic international academic environment spanning research, education, innovation and public-sector consultancy within aquatic sciences. The Department attends to all types of aquatic habitats addressing sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic living resources, conservation of freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as aquaculture technology development.

Our Section for Marine Living Resources focuses on fish biology, population genetics, statistical stock assessment models, and bio-physical modelling from an individual organism to the more complex system. Here, the Fish Biology Research Group generates new knowledge about developmental characteristics and physiological requirements of fish throughout their life history. We use our results to provide insights into population dynamics and ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, and aquaculture innovation.

We seek an ambitious candidate with capability in experimental research to advance our understanding of physiological requirements of marine fish larvae in culture including ambient conditions, nutrition, etc. Good communications skills are important combined with a strong motivation to work in a dedicated, multidisciplinary team. 

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will consolidate and expand basic and applied knowledge in particular on fish early life history and eco-physiology. Overall, the researcher should employ laboratory experiments as part of integrated studies in hatchery technology and aquaculture innovation. Initially, the position relates to a research and innovation project “Improve technology and scale-up production of offspring for European eel aquaculture” (ITS-EEL) targeting the development of hatchery technology for European eel. Here, the scientific work will address early life history and larval culture technology. The project is performed in collaboration with the aquaculture industry. 

Responsibilities and tasks in ITS-EEL include work-package leadership related to the development of enhanced fertilization protocols and the development of embryonic and larval culture technology. Here, experimental studies and research tasks focus on the influences of abiotic and biotic factors on development, growth, and survival. This includes (among other tasks) dedicated physiological, behavioral and morphological studies to identify tolerance limits related to rearing conditions as well as feeding experiments to determine nutritional requirements for first feeding and larval growth.

The researcher will have the responsibility to statistically design and conduct experiments. Analytical tools may include the use of molecular techniques, immunohistochemistry, high-resolution digital recording and image analysis using advanced software. The research combines data and information from multiple disciplines to gain in depth insight towards creating the comprehensive technology for closing the life cycle of eel in aquaculture. Here, innovative skills are important, as the area requires new solutions and integrated studies at the cutting edge between basic and applied research.

Involvement in application for national and internationally funded research and innovation projects, contributions to project coordination and management, as well as supervision of students is anticipated.

Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) with focus on early life history of marine fishes.

The key qualification requirements are as follows
  • In-depth knowledge of marine fish physiology and ontogeny
  • A stronghold in experimental research and statistical tools
  • Experience with studies of fish early life history and eco-physiology
  • Capabilities in molecular approaches, such as gene expression
  • Significant publication record within the field
Relevant knowledge and/or experience in any of the following topics will be positively considered
  • General aquaculture practice and hatchery technology of marine fishes
  • Larval nutritional physiology, growth, and behavior 
  • Practical experience with fish reproduction, incubation and larval culture
  • Internal vs. external drivers of reproductive success and offspring performance
  • Research project funding and coordination
Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:
  • Scientific production and research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Innovation activities, including collaboration with industry
  • Collaboration and international research experience
  • The ability to promote and utilize research results
  • The ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation
  • Communication skills

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 Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU

The position is available from July 1, 2018. The primary workplace is at DTU Aqua in Lyngby, while extensive experimental work will be conducted at research facilities located in DTU Aqua’s premises in Hirtshals.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Jonna Tomkiewicz, jt@aqua.dtu.dk, +45 3588 3408.

You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk/english

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 2018 (local time).

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. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter; 1-2 pages)
  • Views and visions regarding research and innovation (2-4 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures 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 conducts research, provides advice, educates at university level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. We investigate the biology and population ecology of aquatic organisms, aquatic physical and chemical processes and ecosystem structure and dynamics, taking account of all relevant natural and anthropogenic drivers.

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.