Coordinator of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases, Denmark

DTU Aqua
mandag 14 maj 18

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The Aquatic Animal Health Unit, DTU National Institute for Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Denmark is seeking a biologist or veterinarian with a strong scientific background to take part in the functions and duties of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases (EURL-Crustacean). As a consequence of Brexit the AAH-unit at DTU Aqua were appointed to host the EURL-Crustacean together with its function as the EURL for Fish Diseases from July 1st 2018. The EURLs are located in new buildings at the DTU Campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will take part in

  • Research on the control, diagnosis, identification and characterization of Crustacean pathogens with special focus on the exotic and non-exotic diseases listed in Council Directive 2006/88/EC and on emerging diseases.
  • Obtain ISO 17025 accreditation of the diagnosis of listed crustacean diseases.
  • Establish experimental tank facilities for conducting trials with crustaceans
  • Organize and report inter-laboratory proficiency test of listed crustacean diseases
  • Together with EURL Fish to organize and prepare the Annual Workshops for the National Reference Labora¬tories for fish and for Crustacean Diseases (NRL´s).
  • Organizing and preparing international meetings of scientific ad-hoc groups.
  • Establish and maintain an EURL library of crustacean pathogen isolates.
  • Establish and maintain an EURL crustacean webpage
  • Consulting for the EU Commission and for National Reference Laboratories,
  • Training in laboratory diagnostic techniques
  • Establishing e-learning courses within the area.
  • Epidemiological analysis and risk assessment on the introduction and emergence of crustacean diseases in EU.
  • Establish a scientific network and participate in research and development on crustacean diseases.

The applicant must have a degree in veterinary medicine or natural science and a PhD in a field related to aquatic animal health. Experience with crustacean pathology and relevant laboratory techniques is an advantage as is computer literacy, statistics, and experience with project management. A course certificate in Laboratory animal science, EU Function AD (formerly FELASA category B) or ABD (formerly FELASA Category C) is demanded.

A thorough knowledge of spoken and written English is essential. You will work in close collaboration in a team consisting of 10 academics and 5 technicians, which requires a good ability to co-operate. 

In the assessment of the candidates’ consideration will be given to
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • laboratory skills in molecular methods
  • 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 in Europe
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation
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 workplace is DTU Aqua, Kgs Lyngby Campus, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Niels Jørgen Olesen, +452924 4310,

You can read more about the institute at:, and about the EURL Fish Diseases at
Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 7 June 2018.

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)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
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—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 deals with all types of aquatic habitats—from the North Atlantic Ocean and European shelf areas to coastal areas and inner Danish waters, ecosystems in lakes and streams as well as aquaculture.
DTU Aqua has about 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. 
DTU Aqua’s mission is to conduct research, provide advice, educate at university level and contribute to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. The vision of DTU Aqua is to enable ecologically and economically sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources; applying an integrated ecosystem approach which utilizes synergies in natural and technical science disciplines.
DTU Aqua Aquatic Animal Health Unit (DTU AquaAAH) encompasses all infectious aquatic animal diseases in aquaculture and wild life. DTU AquaAAH covers all disciplines relating to infectious diseases: pathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, vaccinology and serology, as well as epidemiology and risk assessment. As well as fulfilling an educational and communication role, DTU AquaAAH is involved in research and innovation, diagnostics, monitoring, advisory services and risk assessment. DTU AquaAAH is responsible for the laboratory component of the Danish veterinary contingency plan on the management of outbreaks of serious infectious aquatic animal diseases in Denmark. DTU Aqua is appointed as National- and the EU reference laboratory for fish and crustacean diseases and the OIE reference laboratory for Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS).
Being the EU ref lab, DTU Aqua carries out basic and applied research aiming to control and prevent infectious animal diseases, including all listed fish and crustacean diseases, and having a primary role in diagnosing and characterizing putative emerging pathogens in Europe, providing advice for surveillance and control of fish and crustacean diseases.

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.