PhD position with Scholarship in Environmental engineering, Marine ecology, Geography, Statistics

    PhD position with Scholarship in Environmental engineering, Marine ecology, Geography, Statistics

    PhD position with Scholarship in Coastal Habitat Modelling, at DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    July 31, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Environmental engineering
    – Marine ecology
    – Geography
    – Statistics
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDTU Aqua
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting date2021 preferably before October


    You must 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 with a strong academic background in environmental engineering, marine ecology, geography, statistics or a closely related field preferable with GIS experience.


    We expect the candidate to develop, implement and analyse predictive spatial-temporal GIS based models of coastal habitats addressing interactions between combined pressures, habitat distribution and quality and coastal biodiversity. 

    Coastal habitats such as eelgrass meadows, soft sediments, mussel beds and stone reefs play a key role for marine biodiversity and coastal resilience. Pressures due to human activity have induced loss of habitat distribution and quality and although anthropogenic pressures such as eutrophication have been reduced, the current habitat distribution and quality is still not good, and the recovery path for restoring ecosystem structure and function is largely un-known and might be hampered by climate change. Predictive habitat suitability models can be used to detangle the impact of multiple pressures, predict present and future distribution and quality of key habitats and identify priority conservation areas. 

    The overall aim of the project is to provide insights into the role of natural variability and combined anthropogenic pressures for the current distribution and future development of coastal habitats and the implications for coastal biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.  Main focus will be on light dependent habitats (e.g. eelgrass and macroalgae) and predictions of changes in habitat suitability to support benthic vegetation as a response to changes in eutrophication level and climate change but also including other pressure factors and natural conditions affecting (re-)colonization of benthic vegetation.       

    The project will be based on advanced GIS modelling that may include elements of dynamic modelling and involve handling, interpolation and combination of large datasets originating from monitoring, hydrodynamic models and remote sensing. The project is not directly linked to an externally funded project.

    How to Apply?

    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

    Documents Required

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter) incl. motivation for why you want to work with coastal modelling in the Section for Coastal Ecology.
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Publication list
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Description of your own project ideas (the final PhD project will be developed in collaboration with the supervisors).
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
    • Other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation


    • 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. 
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


    Professor Karen Timmermann

    Professor Jens Kjerulf Petersen

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    PhD Scholarship in Coastal Habitat Modelling

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