Professor in Environmental Impact of Maritime Activities

Sunday 31 Oct 21

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DTU invites applications for a position as professor in the research field of environmental impact of maritime activities with a specific focus on the Arctic. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Oceans and Arctic, and is based at DTU campus in Kgs. Lyngby.

We expect you to lead the development of a research group investigating the impact of multiple anthropogenic stressors on lower levels of marine food webs and their consequences to ecosystem services, particularly in Arctic and sub-Arctic seas characterized by rapid climate change. The research group complements existing biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic and fisheries research groups at DTU Aqua.

The establishment of your research group requires cooperation with other units at DTU working with relevant topics such as shipping, geological resource extraction, contamination, as well as relevant research institutions in the North Atlantic, especially in Greenland.

You are expected to push the frontier of applied marine science, enhancing evidence-based advice on ocean management issues to national and international authorities, contributing to innovation in maritime industry and to teaching in a university, whose goal it is to offer Europe’s best engineering education.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You are expected to develop a research group focusing on man-made impact on the marine ecosystem e.g. the impact from maritime activities, climate change, and contaminants from a broad marine science perspective. You must be able to encompass several disciplines relating to maritime research in your research projects, and to show willingness and capability of working yourself into new areas. Extraordinary cooperation capabilities are prerequisite as well as proven skills to attract substantial funding to the research field.

Your research field and work area include:

  • Investigating the effects of multiple anthropogenic stressors on ecosystem structure and functioning with focus on lower trophic levels in Arctic and sub-Arctic areas considering the impact of climate change,
  • Disentangling the connection between these stressors, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, including carbon sequestering, recycling of contaminants and production of marine living resources,
  • Addressing challenges and develop methods to reduce the environmental impact of maritime activities, such as shipping and geological resource extraction in close cooperation with relevant research environments and industry.

You are expected to contribute actively to regional and global programmes, addressing the ecosystem approach to ocean management, e.g. in relevant initiatives of the International Council of the Sea, the Arctic Council and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

Work includes to give advice on the implementation and development of environmental directives to national and international authorities and on concrete improvements of maritime activities to the industry.

Results should be disseminated in peer-reviewed publications and dedicated outlets aiming to inform regional and global initiatives, authorities, stakeholders, and the public at large.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants’ qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Institute director Fritz Köster, email:, cell phone: +45 21362805 or Section leader Karen Edelvang, email:, cell phone: +45 30319075.

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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) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

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

DTU Aqua provides research, advice, innovation 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 integration of results in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 350 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, ship’s crew etc. In addition, the department has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessels DANA and HAVFISKEN. DTU Aqua has locations in Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors, and Silkeborg.

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