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You will join the research group Marine Habitats working with fish habitats, fish ecology and population dynamics and management of exploited fish stocks. The group is embedded in “Section for Ecosystem based Marine Management” at DTU in Lyngby. The section has 25 employees and focuses on interdisciplinary research improving our understanding of marine ecosystems and how they are managed. It offers an internationally recognised and highly dynamic scientific environment.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your work will contribute to strengthening the knowledge of the coupling between fish habitats, fish ecology, systems management and the research needed for advice in relation to fish exploited either commercially or recreationally, and to EU directives such as the Habitat Directive including NATURA2000 and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The research tasks will focus on identifying factors and processes important for recruitment, growth, mortality and distribution of exploited fish and the impact of anthropogenic and climatic factors on these fish populations and habitats. The position includes collaboration with stakeholder organizations, management bodies and Danish and international research institutions. We are looking for an innovative person, preferably a biologist specialised in fish ecology, with a committed and positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, and with ability to work in a team, as well as independently.

The successful applicant will engage in our existing extensive international collaboration with other research institutions as well as fishermen's organisations and be involved in citizen science projects. Important tasks include the development and completion of new research and management projects, publication of results in peer reviewed scientific journals, popular journals and technical reports, and provision of advice in national and international arenas. The candidate will be responsible for planning and completion of dedicated research surveys with the Institute's research vessels or with chartered vessels and is expected to contribute to the development of new methods for documenting natural and anthropogenic impacts on fish stocks important to commercial or recreational fisheries

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

  • Experience with field work, surveys and experimental laboratory work
  • Experience with handling and statistical analysis of large amounts of data
  • Experience with fish population analysis and advice
  • Publications in international scientific journals

You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in fish biology or fish ecology.  

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

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • 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 research coordinator in Marine Habitats Josianne Støttrup, +45 3588 3442; email: or head of Section for Ecosystem-Based Management Anna Rindorf, +45 3588 3378; email:

You can read more about DTU Aqua at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 5 March 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Ansøg", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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

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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, Mors, Silkeborg as well as on Dana.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Ballerup, Roskilde and in Sisimiut in Greenland.