Research Assistant in Experimental Plankton Ecology

DTU Aqua
fredag 10 nov 17

Send ansøgning

Frist 24. november 2017
Du kan søge om jobbet ved DTU Aqua ved at udfylde den efterfølgende ansøgningsformular.

Ansøg online

Centre for Ocean Life ( at DTU Aqua offers a 2-year position as a research assistent (25 hours/week).

The overarching goal of the Centre is to develop trait-based descriptions of marine ecosystems. We do this through three interconnected activities: (i) Identification of essential traits and quantification of the associated trade-offs for the main life forms in the ocean (from microbes to mammals); (ii) development of trait based models of marine populations, communities, and ecosystems; (iii) descriptions of spatio-temporal patterns and distributions of species and ‘traits’ in marine systems.  Further information and examples of ongoing and possible projects can be found on the Centre’s homepage.

We currently have a group of about 20 young scientists associated the Centre. They are working on various aspects of marine life using diverse approaches (observational, experimental, and theoretical). This position will be placed with the Experimental Plankton Ecology group within the Centre.

The overarching aim of the research activities of the Experimental plankton ecology group is to quantify the trade-offs of resource acquisition strategies in planktonic organisms, ranging from protists to copepods and gelatinous plankton. This involves experimental quantification of foraging efficiencies, metabolic costs, and predation risk for representative organism groups and using diverse experimental approaches (micro-PIV, high speed video-microscopy, optoodes for metabolic rates, etc)

Responsibilities and tasks
Your job is to assist with experimental work and in maintaining cultures of experimental organisms (phytoplankton, heterotrophic protists, and copepods). This includes involvement in:

  • Planning, executing, and reporting experiments
  • Using optodes, electrodes to quantify metabolic rates of protists and zooplankton
  • Analyse plankton samples from experiments
  • Using high-speed video techniques to observed the behavior of plankton organisms
  • Use micro-PIV to visualise the flows generated by microscopic plankton
Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or equivalent.

We expect that you have prior experience in experimental work with live plankton and in maintaining plankton cultures. You worry about the details of the experiments and the accuracy of the work. You are flexible and self-motived and able to work in a team and with students at all levels

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 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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The period of employment is 2 years, beginning January 2018. The position is part time (25 hours/week)

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Thomas Kiørboe, +45 4011 1884.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 24 November 2017 (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)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc)

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 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.