Professor in Ecology of Marine Fishes

onsdag 15 jun 22

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DTU invites applications for a position as leading professor in Ecology of Marine Fishes. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Marine Living Resources, and is based at DTU campus in Kgs. Lyngby, but with activities at other locations of the Institute.

The professor is expected to head the Section for Marine Living Resources, a larger research unit within the institute, by implementing strategic management of academic, human and other resources to optimize bridging of excellent science with societal demands for sustainable exploitation and scientific advice on the management of marine living resources.

The scientific focus of the professorship lies on investigating individual biological characteristics relating to understanding mechanisms and quantifying population dynamics under heterogeneous and changing environmental conditions.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Employment requires innovative research at a high international level within relevant research themes and a track record in research leadership, including visionary strategic development, leading a multidisciplinary research group, and planning, funding, implementing, as well as running interdisciplinary research projects.

Required is a track record in attracting external research funding from national and international foundations, coordination of national and international initiatives within the research field and contribution to teaching in a university whose goal is to offer Europe’s best engineering education.

Apart from the leadership function, the responsibilities include inspiring and developing the high international standard of research conducted by DTU Aqua and strengthening the central position of the research in the institute, translating basic scientific findings from experimental and field studies into assessment of marine living resources and their management.

This requires a track record in research, addressing the ecology of fishes, from individual to population level at different spatial and temporal scales. The research field and working area will include a combination of, but not necessarily all of the following aspects:

  • Physiological, nutritional, and behavioural ecology in relation to environmental conditions and predator/prey interactions based on bio-physical and chemical monitoring as well as dedicated field and lab studies.
  • Resolving biological processes in marine fish using innovative technology, e.g. molecular, chemical and physiological approaches as well as modern observation technology.
  • Life history characterization and description of fitness optimization at individual and/or population level.
  • Estimating key population dynamic rates, e.g. growth, mortality as well as reproductive investment and success based on research surveys and experimental studies applying above listed approaches.
  • Operationalizing of process-information and -models with implementation in population dynamic models, fish stock assessments and stock predictions.

The vision and suggested work programme should include a quantitative approach to linkages between individual mechanisms, marine population dynamics, and variation in environmental and climatic conditions, as well as species interactions and exploitation.

Results should be disseminated in peer-reviewed publications and dedicated outlets aiming to inform management authorities, stakeholders and the public at large and foster national and international collaboration.

We expect you to engage in training a new generation of scientists in the field of marine fish ecology, exploiting modern physiological, biological and chemical approaches and technologies in adequately designed experimental and field studies.

You are expected to substantially contribute to teaching at different university levels incl. PhD and postdocs supervision as well as mentoring tenure-track early career scientists. 

DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

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 allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Institute director Fritz Köster, email:, cell phone: +45 21362805 or Vice director Anders Koed, email:,  cell phone: +45 21685641.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. For informal inquiries about the role please contact Annabel Holt (; +44 (0)20 7340 6219).

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than Monday 15 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) 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.

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.

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 is structured into 9 scientific sections, covering 14 different research areas and has 350 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. 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 and regular activities in Greenland.

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