PhD Scholarship in Nutritional Physiology of Fish

DTU Aqua
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A PhD Scholarship in nutritional physiology of fish is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) to commence during the fall of 2018. The scholarship is financed partly by DTU as a joint alliance project between DTU and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), further supported by DTU Aqua. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

The project will primarily be carried out at the Section for Aquaculture, which is located in Hirtshals in the Northern part of Jutland. The candidate will also be affiliated with the Department of Biology under the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU; Trondheim, Norway. The candidate is therefore required to spend part of his/her time in Norway. The supervisors will be Associate Professor Peter V. Skov and Senior Research Scientist Ivar Lund at DTU Aqua, and Professor Rolf-Erik Olsen at NTNU.

Project description
The inclusion of marine oils in diets for salmonid fishes has decreased by more than 50% in the past 20 years. In order to become ASC certified, fish farmers must reduce their forage fish dependency ratio, which further drives the increased use of plant oils in commercial diets. The different fatty acids that make up a lipid source serve a multitude of biological functions, such as structural components of cell membranes, metabolic substrates for metabolism or as precursors in the synthesis of signalling molecules. The overall aim of the project is to identify effects of replacing marine lipids with terrestrial lipids. The candidate is expected to investigate in particular whether lipid source and composition is a determinant of digestibility, and to what extent this is reflected in markers of lipid digestion, how it influences lipid uptake and incorporation, and what the ultimate effects are on growth, metabolism and fuel use. These questions are to be addressed through a series of experiments determining digestibility of diets with different lipid sources, activity of lipid digestive processes, growth and feed conversion, whole animal metabolism including respiratory and nitrogen quotients, fatty acid composition of fish tissues, and cellular respiration.

We are looking for a candidate who has: 

  • M.Sc. Eng. or M.Sc. degree in Aquaculture, Aquatic Science & Technology, Biology, or similar;
  • A strong interest in the nutritional physiology of fish and bioenergetics of fishes;
  • Previous experience in experimental work with fish;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English;
  • Keen interest in laboratory experiments and for working at the interface of basic and applied fish physiology.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

Assessment of the applicants will be done by Associate Professor Peter V. Skov, and Senior Scientist Ivar Lund, 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 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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The applicant must be able to start no later than 1 December 2018.

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Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Associate Professor Peter V. Skov,  

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

Please submit your online application no later than 1 September 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: 

  • 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)
  • Description of skills according to qualifications.

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 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.