PhD scholarship in Regional Oceanography

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A PhD Scholarship in regional oceanography is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1st December 2020.  The project will be carried out in the Section for Oceans and Arctic in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.

The scholarship is part of a collaborative multidisciplinary research effort on documenting regional oceanographic change along the East Greenland shelf. The area spans spans from Cape Farewell in the south to the Fram Strait in the north. The region is influenced by: Atlantic waters from the southeast; Polar water exiting the Arctic via the East Greenland Current; and shelf waters modified by sea ice and Greenland ice sheet meltwater. The spatial and temporal distribution of these waters are changing and having an impact on all levels of ecosystems.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD is expected to address: i) quantifying cross shelf exchange; ii) evaluating and understanding regional change in hydrographic conditions from empirical data; iii) implementation of a plankton model to quanitify the implications of changing hydrography on the supply of organic matter to shelf sediments; and iv) incorporate and transfer findings into regional ecosystem and fisheries advise.

The application should contain:

  • A motivation letter describing why you want to undertake this research at DTU Aqua, and your interest in this topic
  • A brief project proposal/description detailing how you propose to fulfill the goals stated above.

The final project description will be developed in collaboration with supervisors Professor Colin A. Stedmon, Professor André Visser and Senior Scientist Jesper Boje.

This project is linked to exisiting research (H2020 ECOTIP) and advice (ICES WGIEAGS) activities carried out at the insitutre and the candidate will therefore be part of and interact with a large colabroative network of international scientists.

Candidates are required to have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Only candidates with an education in oceanography or closely related discipline are encouraged to apply. Candidates are to have documented experience with handling large oceanographic datasets in software such as MATLAB, R or Python.

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

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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.

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Further information
Further information can be obtained from Professor Colin A Stedmon (; mobile: +45 24895714).

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Please submit your online application no later than 24 September 2020 (23:59 local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • A letter describing your motivation for the application (cover letter)
  • Proposed research project description (max 2 pages).
  • 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)
  • Recommendation letters from senior professionals are welcomed

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

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.

The research spectrum of the Section for Oceans and Arctic covers oceanography, population ecology, observation technology and the Arctic. The research into oceanography integrates biological, physical and chemical parameters’ interactions in the ocean, ranging from individual plankton to regional seas. We focus on understanding the key processes that govern the structure and function of pelagic food webs, as well as climate and ecosystem interactions. The research in population ecology establishes how processes affecting individuals shape populations and ecosystems.

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.

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