Few PhD Scholarship positions in Fisheries Technology

    Few PhD Scholarship positions in Fisheries Technology

    PhD Position for Graduates in Thermodynamics, Physical Science, Chemical Engineering is available in the Department of chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)One or more
    Research AreaChemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry
    ScholarshipAccording to Standard Norms
    WorkplaceSection for Fisheries Technology
    DTU Aqua
    Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years


    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 candidates with experience in several of the following:

    • Research and working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences.
    • Planning and conducting field work.
    • Mathematical or statistical modelling.
    • An interest in or prior experience in programming, both backbone and frontend (e.g. Java, Python, C#, C++, R) is advantageous.
    • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally.
    • Ability to conduct research independently and problem solving skills.
    • Strong interest in participating in an inter-disciplinary and international research environment.
    • Willingness to contribute to a positive and inspirational work atmosphere.


    Towed fishing gears, especially demersal trawls, are responsible for a large portion of unwanted catches, globally. Consequently, there is a large focus on improving their environmental sustainability while ensuring that the fisheries remain economically viable, i.e. that they are efficient in catching the species and sizes of interest while resulting in a low amount of unwanted by-catch and minimum impact on the surrounding environment. The development of technical solutions is key to achieving a sustainable utilization of the seas’ resources and plays a central role in most fisheries and fisheries management systems.

    The PhD projects will be comprised of a combination of theoretical, laboratory and experimental work pertaining to documenting the effects of new fishing gears and the integration of new technologies in fishing gears. The research is likely to comprise (i) fishing gear trials on-board commercial fishing vessels to document their species and size selectivity, (ii) lab-based experiments to describe the selectivity of target and by-catch species from a theoretical perspective, and (iii) the development of new decision tools and methods for stakeholders to evaluate alternative fishing gear designs and new technologies that can help sustain an economical and environmentally viable fishery.

    The specific contents of the projects will be formulated in cooperation with the successful candidates reflecting the candidates’ qualifications, under the outline defined by externally funded projects and ongoing activities. The candidates will join an active, international and cross-disciplinary research team. A significant part of the research and development activities are to be carried out in collaboration with the fishing and fishing gear industries.

    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).
    • Curriculum vitae.
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma.
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column).
    • Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above.
    • Recommendation letters from senior professionals are welcomed.

    About the Section for Fisheries Technology at DTU Aqua

    The Section for Fisheries Technology works with technological development of gear, techniques and methods that can contribute to promoting economic and environmental sustainability in the fishing industry, and which can support society’s need to regulate fishing.

    The Section is part of DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources). The purpose of the Institute is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation and management of living marine and freshwater resources. The Institute investigates the biology and population ecology of aquatic organisms, aquatic physical and chemical processes and ecosystem structure and dynamics, taking account of all relevant natural and anthropogenic drivers. DTU Aqua has about 300 employees.


    • 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.


    Head of Section Jordan Feekings
    Email: jpfe@aqua.dtu.dk

    Prof Ludvig Krag
    Email: lak@aqua.dtu.dk

    Prof Bent Herrmann
    Email: bher@aqua.dtu.dk

    PhD Secretary Karin Stubgaard
    Email: stub@aqua.dtu.dk

    Please do not send applications by email but apply online

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