PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Technology at Technical University Of Denmark

Technical University Of Denmark is delighted to offer a phd position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to September 20, 2018.

A PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Technology is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date December 2018.

The project will be carried out in the Fisheries Technology research group situated in Hirtshals, Denmark in affiliation to the Section for Ecosystem-based Management, Lyngby, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

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 development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 120 academic employees.

Project description

Commercial fisheries harvest large resources in the world oceans today and the demand for seafood will increase in the future. For these fisheries to be both economically and environmentally sustainable it is important that they are efficient in catching the species and sizes they target with a low amount of unwanted by-catch, and that these fishing activities are conducted with minimum impact on the surrounding environment.

Development of fisheries technological solutions is a key element to ensuring sustainable utilization of the seas' resources and play a central role in most fisheries and fisheries management systems. The current implementation of the new Common Fisheries Policy in EU waters, which includes a landing obligation system, increases the importance of gear selectivity, an in particular more specialized designs in the fisheries. Unwanted, listed species and sizes can no longer be discarded and the catch of these will be counted against the vessels quota. The economy of individual vessels will therefore depend on their ability to avoid unwanted species and sizes during their fishing operations.

The PhD-project includes conducting research in relation to development, testing and documentation of selective gear designs, investigating the underlying behavioral and mechanical aspects governing species- and size selectivity and development of methods and operational strategies that can mitigate the shift to the landing obligation system, with the overall aim of sustaining an economical and environmental viable fishery. The project may include both laboratory, experimental and theoretical work and may apply and documenting effect of integrating new technologies in fishing gears. The specific contents of the project will be formulated in cooperation with the successful candidate reflecting the candidate's qualifications, under the outline defined by externally funded projects and ongoing activities.

The candidate will join an active, international and cross-disciplinary research team. A significant part of the research and development activities is carried out in collaboration with the fishing and fishing gear industries.


We are looking for a candidate who has:
- Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Aquatic Science & Technology or similar.
- Some experience in planning and conducting field work
- Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences
- Mathematical or modelling skills will be advantageous

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by senior research scientist Ludvig Krag, DTU Aqua.

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 period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

For further information about the project, please contact senior research scientist Ludvig Krag;, +45 33853206

General information may be obtained from Rikke Hansen, e-mail:


Please submit your online application no later than 20 September 2018.

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:
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
- Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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 other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship's crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized 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 Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on DANA. You can read more about DTU Aqua on

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.


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