Postdoc in Shellfish Ecology/Production and Coastal Ecology

tirsdag 02 jul 19

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Frist 15. august 2019
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Applications are invited for a position as Post doc targeting research, public sector consultancy and innovation in shellfish production and fisheries and coastal ecology. The position is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with work location at the Danish Shellfish Centre (DSC, Nykøbing Mors, Denmark).

The DSC conducts research, gives advice and fosters innovation in sustainable farming, fishing and industrial processing of shellfish and seaweed. This is achieved by exploiting coastal natural living resources for the benefit of local communities, seafood industry and the environment. Research addresses different aspects of shellfish and seaweed biology, ecology and production including e.g. environmental impact of shellfish production, ecology of coastal areas in relation to food production, long-line cultivation of mussels, oyster hatching, effects of invasive species and pests on shellfish and seaweed production, prawn and crab fishery and development of equipment to provide a sustainable production. DSC covers research addressing coastal zone ecology with special focus on the interactions between exploitation of shellfish/seaweeds and the aquatic environment, in relation to both impact assessments and advice on sustainable management. DSC is located at Nykøbing Mors with modern research, experimental and developmental facilities and has a close cooperation with industry, research institutions, organizations and universities.

Responsibilities and tasks
For this position we are looking broadly within the Danish Shellfish Centre work area in order to advance our understanding of shellfish ecology and biology in relation to production and utilisation including environmental interactions with focus on bivalves. This includes i) improving our understanding of the ecological role of shellfish and impact of shellfish production in coastal areas; ii) developing our understanding of the impact of invasive species and shellfish diseases in coastal areas; iii) developing economical and ecological sustainable methods for production of new lower trophic level species; iv) evaluation of management plans and technical measures allowing sustainable shellfish fisheries and aquaculture. The research is done in a combination of analysing data acquired from field and laboratory experiments, data from public and fisheries monitoring as well as data from commercial productions utilising modelling techniques in an interlinked approach. Innovative skills are important, as the area requires new solutions.

The Post doc is expected to improve the capacity of the institute for conducting relevant research within the field, giving advice to managers of fisheries and environment, policy makers and other relevant authorities as well as foster innovation in cooperation with the industry. The Post doc is furthermore expected to be actively engaged in writing applications to both national Danish and international funding agencies as well as participating and being in charge of existing projects at the Danish Shellfish Centre. The Post doc will if relevant contribute to teaching in the master education Aquatic Science and Technology, and supervise master students as well as participate in the daily operations of DSC for dissemination and education.


  • Candidates should as minimum have a PhD degree or equivalent.
  • Furthermore, the candidate should have experience, knowledge and visions for integration of scientific findings with utilisation of results on a practical level in shellfish productions or fisheries management procedures or ecosystem systemic analysis and management. Experience with practical methods and procedures are important but candidates with modelling experiences are also invited to apply.
  • Innovative approach to the research field both in relation to developing the research but also in relation to the development of new solutions and new concepts.
  • Good communication skills are required and the candidate should be able to communicate with both fishermen and managers.
  • The ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset.
  • Experience in scientific diving is an advantage.
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to: 
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • the ability to contribute to development of the section’s internal and external cooperation
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 terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The position is for a 2-year period and workplace will be at DSC’s facilities in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark. 

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jens Kjerulf Petersen,, +45 9669 0283. 

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Application procedure
We must have your online application by 15 August 2019 (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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • Documentation for participation in teacher training courses
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 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 institute is organised 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, Hirtshals, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors as well as on Dana.

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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.