PhD Scholarship in Ecosystem based Marine Management

A PhD Scholarship in Ecosystem based Marine Management is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date in 2013.

The project will primarily be carried out in affiliation to the Section for Ecosystem based Marine Management at the Fisheries Technology research group which is situated North Sea Research Centre, in Hirtshals, 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
The project will conduct research in relation to assessing impacts of fishing gears, particularly trawls, with the overall aim of reducing unwanted by-catches and discards as well as to reduce the impact on the marine environment. The candidate will join an active, international and cross-disciplinary research team. The specific contents of the project will be formulated in cooperation with the successful candidate reflecting qualifications, under the frames defined by externally funded projects.

We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, or equivalent
  • Any relevant experience
  • Keen interest in research and experimental work
  • Good co-operation abilities
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

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 programs at DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of applicants will be made by Niels Madsen.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD students at DTU. The employment period is 3 years.

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Professor Niels Madsen ( or Head of Ecosystem based Marine Management Section Anna Rindorf ( General information may be obtained from Ulla Heiberg (, +45 3588 3091.
Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, but use the electronic submission system mentioned below.

You can read more about DTU Aqua at

Please submit your online application no later than 29 October 2013. Apply at the Apply button below.

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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae providing relevant academic, employment and personal details
  • A personal statement describing research expertise and interests
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma and relevant publications
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • If possible, contact details of two relevant referees
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