Postdoc in in Seaweed Production and Innovation

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Applications are invited for a position as post doc targeting research, innovation, and public sector consultancy in seaweed production and utilization. The position is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) Section of Coastal Ecology with work location at the Danish Shellfish Centre Nykøbing Mors, Denmark.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The work area of the position is to advance our understanding of seaweed ecology and biology in relation to production and utilisation of seaweed. This includes i) developing economic and ecological sustainable hatchery methods for new species in seaweed aquaculture; with special emphasis on red seaweed species; ii) developing economically viable seaweed cultures including mitigation cultures; and iii) improving our understanding of ecological impact of seaweed culture including environmental interaction. Innovative skills are important, as the area requires new solutions.

You are expected to improve our capacity for conducting relevant research within the field, disseminate the results in scientific journals and public media, give advice to policy makers and other relevant authorities as well as foster innovation in cooperation with the industry. We expect that you will be a driver in our new hatchery facilities and participate in building a state-of-the-art team in the hatchery. You are furthermore expected to be actively engaged in writing applications for both national Danish and international funding as well as overseeing projects and participate in research groups dissemination and teaching activities that include dissemination to a broader audience as schoolchildren and visitors.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Furthermore, we are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Experience in seaweed cultivation from a practical as well as a scientifical point of view. It is seen as an advantage if the candidate has experience with a wide range of seaweed species and particularly red seaweed species.
  • A strong innovative approach to the research field both in relation to developing the research but also in relation to the development of new solutions and new concepts.
  • Furthermore, the candidate should have experience, know-how, and visions for integration of scientific findings with utilisation of results on a practical level in seaweed aquaculture or ecosystem systemic analysis and management. Experience with practical methods and procedures are important.
  • The ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset.

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 period of employment is 2 years and 3 months. Starting date: March 12th 2022.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of section Jens Kjerulf Petersen,, +45 96690283 or senior scientist Mette Møller Nielsen, +45 22275773.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 24 January 2022 (Danish 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications 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.

The research covered by the Section for Coastal Ecology, DTU Aqua includes the ecology of the coastal zone from nutrient dynamics to fish as well as the coastal zone as a fishing ground and production area for low-trophic aquaculture, i.e. farming of shellfish, seaweed etc. 

The research topics include some general themes: 

  • Aquaculture of low-trophic species (mussels, oysters, lobsters, seaweed etc.).
  • Fisheries and effects of fishery and seaweed collection in the coastal zone.
  • Invasive species and their importance.
  • Marine habitats and their importance in the coastal zone for biodiversity and fish stocks.
  • Effects of anthropogenic pressure factors.
  • Studies of the conditions that regulate fish stocks in the coastal waters.

Research in the aquaculture of low-trophic species is based on hatchery facilities and grow out units for mussels, oysters, and seaweed and covers all aspects from production of seeding material to market or restoration size products. The area also includes the use of low-trophic species as a marine mitigation measure for eutrophication.

The section is divided into two research groups: "Sustainable Resource Utilization" and "Environmental Impact and Habitats". The section is in two locations, in Nykøbing Mors at the Danish Shellfish Centre, where there are also outreach activities and in Lyngby, where the section is located on campus.

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