PhD Scholarship in Recreational Fisheries Research

DTU Aqua
fredag 05 jan 18

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A PhD Scholarship in recreational fisheries research is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1. April 2018. The scholarship is part of a project financed by the Danish Rod and Net License Funds. The project will be carried out at Section for Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, which is situated in Silkeborg, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

Project description
Recreational fisheries is an important leisure activity with potential impacts on ecosystems and local and national economies. Managing these recreational fisheries sustainably requires information about fish biology, the resource, and the users themselves. However, effectively collecting this information is a major challenge because conventional methods such as online recall surveys or angler interviews (e.g., creel surveys) are expensive. There is growing interest in using citizen science as a low-cost method to collect fisheries data. Smartphone applications (apps) that allow anglers and other recreational fishers to record the details of their fishing trips and catches are growing in popularity. When designed properly, such apps can be a valuable and low-cost source of data that can feed into the science and management of recreational fisheries. This includes traditional, fisheries-dependent data (e.g., effort, harvest, and release rates) as well as data that reveal how anglers interact with management and the resource. Clearly, there are multiple challenges related to angler apps, and research is needed to understand the weaknesses and limitations as well as the strengths and benefits of this methodology.

The successful candidate will be responsible for exploring, analyzing, and publishing data sets obtained from angler log books generated from angler apps such as “Fangstjournalen” (developed by DTU Aqua) as well as from historical archives containing angler catch-and-effort information obtained from angling clubs. The work should include an evaluation of the quality of data collected by apps in comparison with more traditional methods, e.g. creel surveys. A part of the work should also focus on human aspects, e.g. exploring the human dimension characteristics of anglers using apps in comparison with anglers who are not using apps. Further, it is expected that the candidate will explore if, when, and how angler apps can be used to collect data that can further our knowledge about the human dimensions of anglers. The candidate will also contribute to teaching at the Aquatic Science & Technology Master program at DTU Aqua, and to the supervision of Bachelor and Master students.

  • We are looking for a candidate who has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biology, Aquatic Science & Technology or similar
  • A background in fisheries science is preferred
  • Experience with citizen science and communication with anglers
  • Keen interest in recreational fisheries research including its biological impact, its management and related aspects of human dimensions
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English,
  • Experience in statistical analyses (e.g. using R).
  • Ability to work in teams and alone.
  • Speaking a Scandinavian language is an advantage

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Research Scientist Kim Aarestrup, Associate Professor Christian Skov and Research Scientists Henrik Baktoft, DTU Aqua.

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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Senior Research Scientist Christian Skov;

General information may be obtained from Rikke Hansen, (+45) 3588 3001

Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 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:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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 a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized 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 Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana.You can read more about DTU Aqua on

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 11,000 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.