Professorship (with special responsibilities) in Statistical Modelling of Complex Aquatic Living Systems

DTU Aqua
fredag 18 jan 19

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Frist 11. marts 2019
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Applications are invited for a position as professor with special responsibilities in the research field of statistical modelling of complex aquatic living systems. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Marine Living Resources located in Lyngby.


The research of the section addresses biology and ecology of fishes, population genetics, stock structure and dynamics, development of statistical modelling tools and applications for these areas, as well as bio-physical modelling from an individual organism to complex population dynamics. This includes research on the biological mechanisms behind population fluctuations and the development of appropriate mathematical models for assessing the development of fish stocks, how they distribute and interact with each other and the environment, how much they are fished, and the level of exploitation they can sustain within a reasonable prediction horizon. It combines analysis of individual traits in marine organisms, demography, and spatial behaviour and links biological process knowledge with development of statistically based models to interpret noisy data and produce reliable management advice for the exploitation of marine living resources.

Responsibilities and tasks
The professor’s research field will be
  • to develop algorithms for statistical modelling of nonlinear high-dimensional dynamic systems for areas where time-efficient estimation of complex systems is needed
  • to lead the development of statistical population models for a broad suite of applications in international context, such as in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • to lead the implementation of statistically sound fish stock assessment and prediction models, and
  • to provide solutions for spatial statistical population and system modelling considering processes impacting on spatial and temporal dynamics of living resources.

The professor is expected to develop the research group and consolidate its international leading position by developing modelling tools and algorithms expanding the palette of software and applications. Research activities are expected to be conducted in cooperation with other research sections at the department, other units at the university, and relevant research groups, primarily in Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.


Besides peer-reviewed publication, dissemination of results should aim at international research collaboration, assessment refereeing, and research-based teaching of nonlinear model building at MSc-, PhD-, and peer levels, including internationally coordinated training activities and supervision of PhD students and postdocs. In collaboration with colleagues, the professor should furthermore improve the capacity of the department by providing advice for national and international managers of fisheries, policy makers, and relevant authorities as well as other stakeholders.


The professor is expected to participate in teaching at the BSc-, MSc-, and PhD levels. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2-3 years.


The position is intended for a candidate with an internationally recognized track record of i) developing and implementing software for modelling nonlinear dynamic systems, ii) modelling complex population dynamics of marine populations, iii) developing and implementing platforms for statistical stock assessment models, and iv) contributing to advisory tasks on fisheries management to public authorities, international advisory bodies, and other stakeholders.


Employment implies original research with high international impact within all the above research themes and a track record in research leadership, including i) visionary strategic development of the research and innovative area, ii) planning, implementing, and running innovative research projects, and iii) coordinating input and contributing to the work of national and international fish stock, fisheries, and advisory bodies.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • societal impact
  • documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • international impact and experience
  • leadership and collaboration
  • communication skills
Consideration will also be given to:
  • scientific production at international level, research potential, and ability to lead and develop a research team
  • the candidate’s qualification for handling the special, function-related assignments that are associated with the position
  • visions within the research and innovation area
  • the ability to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation
  • experience in giving advice to public authorities and international advisory bodies
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • the ability to attract funding to the research area

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.


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 position is available for a 5-year period and may be extended for up to 3 additional years. At the end of the period, the employee in question will transfer to a position as associate professor at the university. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.


Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Fritz Köster, +45 3396 3300, email: or Head of Section Prof. Henrik Mosegaard, +45 3588 3461, email:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 11 March 2019 (local time)

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • CV
  • A vision for future research
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures 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, 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 330 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The department is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational, and advisory activities. In addition, the department has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessels DANA and HAVFISKEN. DTU Aqua has employees in Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors, and Silkeborg.


DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.