PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Technology

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A PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Technology is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with a starting date before 1st December 2020.

The project will be carried out in the Fisheries Technology research group situated in Hirtshals, Denmark. The Fishing Technology Group is part of the Section for Ecosystem based Marine Management of DTU Aqua, which is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

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 development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 120 academic employees.

Project description
Towed demersal fishing gears are responsible for a large proportion of global landed catch. These gears, however, also have environmental impacts that are related to both the physical impacts they have on the seabed and the energy required to tow them. The physical impacts can have environmental and ecological consequences that affect primary production and threaten the biological sustainability and economic viability of fisheries, whereas the energy requirements will have global consequences associated with emissions of CO2 and NOX gases.

To ensure the long-term sustainability of these fisheries and to reduce their environmental impact there is a need to develop and design fishing gears that have a reduced impact on the seabed and that are more fuel-efficient.

This project will focus on ‘the development of low impact and fuel efficient fishing gears’. It will investigate how the impact and drag of demersal trawlss can be reduced while maintaining their fishing performance. The research is likely to comprise (i) scaled experiments in a flume tank, (ii) trials with individual components at sea on a specially designed benthic sledge, and (iii) full scale trials on board research and/or commercial fishing vessels. The specific contents of the project will be formulated in cooperation with the successful candidate reflecting the candidate’s qualifications, and taking into account externally funded projects and ongoing activities. The candidate will join an active, international and cross-disciplinary research team and there may also be the opportunity to collaborate with the fishing and fishing gear industries. The main supervisor will be Barry O’Neill, DTU Aqua, Fishing Technology Group.

This project will permit the development of gears that will exploit marine biological resources in an economically viable and biologically sustainable way.

We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Engineering, Aquatic Science & Technology or similar.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences
  • Good mathematical or modelling skills
  • Good co-operation abilities

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.

Approval and Enrolment
Scholarships for a PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs in the DTU Aqua PhD school. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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
For further information about the project, please contact Barry O’Neill, DTU Aqua.

General information may be obtained from Karin Stubgaard

Please submit your online application no later than 2 October 2020 (23:59 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 out 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)

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 Lyngby, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on DANA. You can read more about DTU Aqua on

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