Postdoc in Trait-based Modelling of Life in the Global Ocean

Monday 13 Jun 22

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Centre for Ocean Life ( offers a 2-year post doc fellowship in trait-based modelling of life in the global ocean. The fellow will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark).

Responsibilities and qualifications
We expect the PhD candidates to develop, implement and analyse models of microbial life (plankton) and sinking particles based on the “Nutrient-Unicellular-Multicellular” model framework. The overall aim is to scale from traits of individual organisms to the function of the ecosystem on a global scale.

The application should contain a motivation for why you want to work in the Centre for Ocean Life.  The application may include a description of your own project ideas in accord with the goal of the Centre inspired by the project: The final post doc project will be developed in collaboration with the supervisors in the Centre.

The post doc will become part of the vibrant, cross-disciplinary, and international research environment at the Centre for Ocean Life. The centre is a collaborative effort to develop a fundamental understanding and predictive capability of marine ecosystems through the use of trait-based approaches. We currently have a group of about 20 young scientists associated the Centre (PhD and Postdocs). They are working on various aspects of marine life using diverse approaches (observational, experimental, theoretical) while collaborating through weekly science meetings, annual science retreats, numerous working groups, and collaborative projects. Their backgrounds are as diverse as are those of the PIs of the Centre, from physics and mathematics to biology and chemistry, and we spend considerable effort developing cross-disciplinary communication and projects since we believe that the potential for discovery and progress may be achieved by confronting the different disciplines.

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.

We are looking for an earth scientist/oceanographer/physicist/ecologist or similar with a proven track record in process-based quantitative modelling.

Candidates should have PhD in physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, or similar, or expect to finish the PhD before starting the position.

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 2 years.

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The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible but no later than mid 2023.

Further information
For further information about the positions and the projects please contact Professor Ken H Andersen (, Professor Andy Visser (, or Professor Thomas Kiørboe ( 

You can read more about the Centre for Ocean Life at: Centre for Ocean Life, the associated project “Future Oceans”, and the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at: DTU Aqua.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 August 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 – in English)
  • List of publications
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Possible outline of project ideas
  • Other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation.

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their PhD degree, but they cannot begin before having received their PhD degree.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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