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PhD Scholarship in Marine Ecosystem Modelling at Technical University of Denmark

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in sustainable development. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. This position is closed on September 25, 2020.

DTU Aqua seeks a candidate for a three-year PhD scholarship in the area of marine ecosystem modelling to explore dispersion and connectivity patterns in the biological communities in the Atlantic Ocean. The PhD position is available in the Section for Ocean and Arctic at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) in Lyngby, Denmark. The starting date is 1st December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The scholarship is linked to the EU H2020 project MISSION ATLANTIC: Towards the Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development scholarships) of the Atlantic Ocean. MISSION ATLANTIC considers a fully holistic and integrative approach to assess the state of the whole Atlantic including past, present and future ecosystem state in response to multiple stressors. The research will focus on mapping present and establish the future 3D distributions of Atlantic biomes and their pressures with respect to physical, biological, chemical and seafloor attributes to support the sustainable use of marine resources. The contribution of this PhD project is to investigate variability, trends and patterns in the Atlantic-scale biological connectivity across biogeographical regions, and driven by ocean currents and selected life history traits. It will complement Lagrangian approaches driven by global ocean models to simulate active and passive dispersion, replicating connectivity patterns from known areas of higher trophic level significance (e.g. spawning areas). Model results are to be compared with available data including newly developed genomic indicators.

The overall aim of the PhD project is to determine and assess patterns of biological connectivity across biogeographical regions in the Atlantic Ocean. The project includes the development of numerical models, management and analyses of big data, assessment of seasonal to decadal variability in environmental conditions and ocean transport. Qualifications

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. We are looking for a candidate who has:

The application must contain a motivation for why you want to undertake your research at DTU Aqua, your interest in this topic and a two-page description of your own project ideas including a state of the art, and how the research will link to fulfil the project aims.

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate willbe 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. Assessment

Assessment of applicants with the qualifications listed above will be made by Senior Researcher Patrizio Mariani, Senior Researcher Asbjrn Christensen and Head of Section for Oceans and Artic Karen Edelvang, 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 may be obtained from Senior Researcher Patrizio Mariani, For general information on the PhD application please contact Rikke Hansen, rikh@aqua.dtu.dk tel: +45 35 88 30 01

Please submit your online application no later than 25 September 2020 (23:59 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

The research spectrum of the Section for Oceans and Arctic covers oceanography, population ecology, observation technology and the Arctic. The research into oceanography (oceanography scholarships) integrates biological, physical and chemical parameters' interactions in the ocean, ranging from individual plankton to regional seas. We focus on understanding the key processes that govern the structure and function of pelagic food webs, as well as climate and ecosystem interactions with a strong focus on quantitative methods. 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 ca. 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 that 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 Kgs. Lyngby, Silkeborg, Nykbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana.

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 rsted 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 11,500 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 Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.
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