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DTU Tenure Track Researcher

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Frist 15. april 2021
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Applications are invited for a researcher position in behaviour and population dynamics of diadromous fish species.

A researcher position in behaviour and population dynamics of eel and sea trout is available at the Technical University of Denmark, National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), starting June 15th. 2021.

The position is based at the section for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology, situated in Silkeborg, Denmark. The Section has 25 employees and focuses on migratory behaviour of freshwater fish, predator/prey relationships and reestablishment of natural fish stock and their management and offers an internationally recognised and highly dynamic scientific environment. The candidate will work both independently and in close cooperation with the staff at the institute. Main field of research will revolve around behaviour and population dynamics of diadromous fish.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The candidate will primarily work on projects studying behaviour and population dynamics of diadromous fish species, e.g. European eel, salmon and seatrout, supporting the existing management of the species.

Development of new research projects in collaboration with colleagues at the sections and/or international partners as well as publication of papers in peer reviewed scientific journals is expected. The ideal candidate can refine and further develop the telemetry methods and designs used at the department with particular focus on marine areas.

The successful candidate should have a strong ecological background, preferably with experience in aquatic ecology. Besides strong ecological knowledge in these areas, the candidate should be proficient and experienced in population dynamics and behavior of fishes. Analytical skills and experience with statistical software (e.g. R, MatLab, Python) are expected as is experience in planning and execution of fieldwork. Experience with various telemetry methodologies to study fish behavior (e.g. radio, pit and acoustic) is warranted. Experience with planning and deploying large-scale telemetry systems in marine areas is advantageous.


  • PhD in a relevant field, e.g. population dynamics or ecological modelling.
  • Academic record in terms of publications in relevant fields and high-impact journals.
  • Excellent skills in English.
  • Experience in advice and management of diadromous fish species.
  • Familiarity with recreational and commercial fishing and the Danish language.
  • Experience with planning and execution of fieldwork.
  • Experience using various telemetry tools to study fish behaviour, including planning and deployment of large-scale telemetry arrays in marine areas.
  • Proficiency in statistical analyses and modelling of behavioural data.
  • Proven experience with dissemination of scientific results to academic groups and the public.
  • Strong communication skills with stakeholders.
  • The ability to expand the department’s research of diadromous fish in marine areas.
  • You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

    You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • 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 salary for the position will be determined by the applicants qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

    A certain amount of travelling each year should be expected as international conferences and collaboration are integral parts of the job. Furthermore, attendance of relevant courses (in e.g. statistics) is encouraged.

    Place of employment will be at DTU Aqua, section for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology, Vejlsøvej 38, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark.

    Further information
    Can be obtained from Anders Koed, +45 3588 3146; email:

    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.

    Please submit your online application no later than 15April 2021 (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)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for academic references/ recommendation letters
  • Interviews are planned to take place on 7th and 8th of June 2021.

    All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 350 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The institute is organised into nine 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 Lyngby, Hirtshals, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors as well as on Dana.

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