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The professor is expected to lead the development in land-based fresh- and salt-water recirculation systems (RAS) at DTU, being a low environmental impact technology of crucial importance for the sustainable development of aquaculture, as the globally fastest growing food production sector.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Employment requires innovative research at high international level within Aquaculture recirculation technology 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.

Recirculation technology has reached a mature stage with commercial applications worldwide. Alongside this maturation focus is turning towards water quality parameters and potential ways to control and regulate these, including end-of-pipe treatment and reduced discharge. Chemical and microbial water quality, microparticles and associated fish and system performance is vital knowledge for the further development of the industry and the professor is expected to lead the scientific/technical development in this area in Denmark and internationally.

The candidate should have expertise in relevant areas, such as:

  • Consideration of environmental footprint into different technical solutions and operations of recirculation systems, including determination of characteristics and/or composition of fish feed to reduce the carbon footprint, improve water quality in and reduce discharges from RAS systems.
  • Causes and effects of varying water quality in recirculation systems and optimisation of biofilter processes and system operation.
  • Relationships between feed and water quality parameters, including microbiota and RAS operation as well as fish performance and welfare.
  • Optimise system performance and reduce the use of harmful therapeutants by substitution with less harmful ones and/or by technology development.
  • End-Of-Pipe treatment and ways to reduce discharge of nutrients and organic matter, including methods for valorisation of waste to support sustainability and contribute to circular economy.
  • Support implementation of results by cooperation and innovation with the industry

The applicant should have actively disseminated their research, e.g. via peer-reviewed publications.

As part of the appointment, the new Professor will be involved in National advisory functions to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment as well as municipal authorities and industry and concern mainly practical, operational conditions and technical options for reducing discharge of nutrients and organic matter and increase animal welfare. It will be an advantage if the candidate has relevant experience with dissemination to industry, management authorities, other stakeholders and the public at large.

You are expected to substantially contribute to teaching at different university levels, specifically the MSc in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture taught in Hirtshals, PhD and Postdoc 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 supervision of PhD and early career scientists
  • 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 2136 2805 or Vice-director Anders Koed, email:, cell phone: +45 2168 5641.

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).

You can read more about DTU Aqua on

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 16 June 2023 (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.

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

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