Professorship in Population Ecology of Marine Fishes

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark has an opening professor position in molecular biology. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 3 years in the first instance. Applications are invited up to March 11, 2019.

Applications are invited for a position as professor in the research field of population ecology of marine fishes. 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 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.

The professor is expected to lead a scientific section, implying academic, management as well as active engagement in the department's leadership in helping to develop both other research sections and support functions.

The innovative focus lies on introducing new molecular biology and microchemical methods for analysing individual metabolism, growth, reproduction and adaptability to heterogeneous and dynamic environmental conditions. Research and education activities are expected to be carried out in close cooperation with other research sections in the department, other units at the university, and other relevant university groups, primarily in Scandinavia and Europe.

A geographical focus will be to foster research, education, and training in Greenland in cooperation with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and the University of Greenland, which implies regular work and teaching stays on Greenland. The professor should contribute to advice provision on the status of fish stocks and the associated fisheries management to national and international advisory bodies, management authorities, and other stakeholders.

The professor is expected to take a lead role and to contribute substantially to the development of education activities and strategies for the department on BSc-/BEng-, MSc-, and PhD level, including supervision and training of PhD students and postdocs. 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 acknowledged track record in research addressing the ecology of fishes, from individual to population level, including physiology, nutrition, migratory and feeding behaviour in relation to prey, predators, and environment, employing novel combinations of micro-chemical and molecular techniques. The candidate is expected to have experience in research on population traits considering variations in environmental and climatic conditions as well as fisheries.

The candidate should have knowledge on the inclusion of results from these research fields in population dynamic models, stock assessment and advice on fisheries management. Employment requires innovative research at high international level within relevant research themes and a track record in research leadership, including i) visionary strategic development of the research area, ii) leading multidisciplinary research groups, and iii) planning, implementing, and running interdisciplinary research projects. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have extensive experience in teaching and educational development at all academic levels, including supervision and training of PhD students and postdocs and recruitment of students at all levels.

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.

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

Please submit your online application no later than 11 March 2019

To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.

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


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