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Senior Researchers/Researchers within Shellfish Biology/Ecology/Production and Fisheries - DSC - Nykøbing Mors (Denmark)

Senior Researchers/Researchers within Shellfish Biology/Ecology/Production and Fisheries
Applications are invited for two positions as senior researcher/researcher targeting research, public sector consultancy and innovation in shellfish production and fisheries. The positions are affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with work location at the Danish Shellfish Centre (DSC).

The Danish Shellfish Centre (DSC) conducts research, gives advice and fosters innovation in sustainable farming, fishing and industrial processing of shellfish and seaweed. This is achieved by exploiting coastal natural living resources for the benefit of local communities, seafood industry and the environment. Research addresses different aspects of shellfish and seaweed biology, ecology and production including e.g. environmental impact of shellfish production, long-line cultivation of mussels, oyster hatching, prawn and crab fishery and development of equipment to provide a sustainable production.

With integration into DTU Aqua in 2013, the work portfolio of DSC will be expanded to cover research addressing the interactions between exploitation of shellfish/seaweeds and the aquatic environment, with focus on both impact assessments and advice on sustainable management. DSC is located at Nykøbing Mors with modern research, experimental and developmental facilities and has a close cooperation with industry, research institutions, organizations and universities.

Responsibilities and tasks
The work area of one position is to advance our understanding of shellfish ecology and biology in relation to production and utilisation including environmental interactions with focus on bivalves. This includes i) developing economically viable shellfish cultures including mitigation cultures with positive impact on environmental quality, ii) improving our understanding of ecological impact of shellfish culture, iii) developing economical and ecological sustainable methods for new species in shellfish aquaculture and iv) evaluation of management plans and technical measures allowing a sustainable shellfish production/harvesting. The research is done in a combination of analysing data acquired from field and laboratory experiments as well as data from commercial productions utilising modelling techniques in an interlinked approach. Innovative skills are important as the area requires new solutions.

The work area of the second position is to improve the assessment and management of shellfish resources and their fisheries. This includes i) developing adequate monitoring and assessment methodologies addressing the management of shellfish stocks sufficing national and international directives and ii) enhancing our understanding of the ecological impact of shellfish fisheries with the aim of developing sustainable harvesting. The research is done in a combination of analysing data acquired from field and laboratory experiments, data from public monitoring and commercial fisheries as well as utilising simulations and modelling techniques.

The senior researchers/researchers are expected to improve the capacity of the institute for conducting relevant research, giving advice to managers of fisheries, policy makers and other relevant authorities as well as foster innovation in cooperation with the industry. The senior researchers/researchers are expected to be actively engaged in writing applications for both national and international funding as well as being in charge of these projects. They will contribute to teaching in the master education Aquatic Science and Technology and on PhD level, and supervise PhD students and postdocs as well as participate in the daily operations of the DSC centre for dissemination and education.

• Candidates must hold a PhD degree or similar. Candidates for a Senior Researcher position must further have experience at least as Assistant Professor/Researcher/Postdoc or similar qualifications and have a track record of internationally acknowledged research in shellfish ecology and biology or coastal/estuarine ecology.
• Furthermore, the candidates should have experience, knowledge and visions for integration of scientific findings with utilisation of results on a practical level in shellfish productions or fisheries management procedures or ecosystem systemic analysis and management. Experience with practical methods and procedures are important, but candidates with modelling experiences are also invited to apply.
• Innovative approach to the research field both in relation to developing the research, but also in relation to the development of new solutions and new concepts.
• Good communication skills are required and the candidate should be able to communicate with both fishermen and managers.
• The ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset.
• Experience in teaching at university level and supervision of master and PhD students is an advantage.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to:
• scientific production and research potential at international level
• innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
• the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
• the ability to promote and utilize research results
• an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
• the ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation

We offer
DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The workplace will be at DSC’s facilities in Nykøbing Mors, Denmark

Further information
Further information may be obtained from DSC Director Jens Kjerulf Petersen,, +45 9669 0283.

You can read more about DTU Aqua on and about the DSC on

Application procedure:
We must have your online application by 13 May 2013. Apply online at

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.

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for” please indicate whether you are applying for position as Senior Researcher or Researcher.

The file must include:
• Application (cover letter)
• CV
• Diploma (MSc/PhD)
• List of publications indicating scientific highlights
• Documentation for participation in teacher training courses
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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