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PhD Scholarship in Marine Ecology and Climate at DTU Aqua

Deadline: 30 March 2011

A PhD Scholarship in Marine Ecology and Climate is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date August 2011. The position is financed by the Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER).

The project will primarily be carried out in the Section for Ocean Ecology and Climate which is situated in Charlottenlund, Denmark, in collaboration with the University of Bergen. 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. 90 academic employees.

Project description
The project will investigate how climatically driven variations of the phytoplankton spring bloom dynamics influence the zooplankton and fish recruitment in north Atlantic marine ecosystems. It is hypothesized that bloom characteristics depend on climatic and oceanographic conditions, and that the species composition will vary during the bloom’s seasonal progression within a given region. Timing, magnitude, duration and major species composition of the spring bloom in different years will be estimated and documented using satellite imagery. It is further hypothesized that the phytoplankton species composition will influence the extent to which primary production is consumed within the water column by zooplankton, or settles to the benthos for decomposition and consumption by the benthic community. As a consequence, differences in zooplankton biomass and potential larval fish survival and fish recruitment may depend on responses of different phytoplankton species groups to climatic and hydrographic forcing. These hypotheses will be investigated using remote sensing and zooplankton and fish data for different regions in the North Atlantic where field data for zooplankton and fish recruitment data are available. The regions will include waters near Iceland, Barents Sea, west Greenland and Faro Islands.

Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, or equivalent
  • Previous experience in marine, aquatic or ecological research
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated mathematical or modelling skills
  • Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine and aquatic sciences

Approval and Enrolment
Scholarships for a PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Associate Professor Andre Visser; awv@aqua.dtu.dk

, or Professor Brian MacKenzie, brm@aqua.dtu.dk

.

General information may be obtained from Helge Abildhauge Thomsen, hat@aqua.dtu.dk

(+45) 3588 3020, or Nina Qvistgaard, niq@aqua.dtu.dk

(+45) 3588 3090.

Do NOT send applications to this e-mail address, but use the electronic submission system - see below!

Application
We must have your online application by 30 March 2011. Please open the link "apply for this job online", at the very bottom of this page, fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae - including a list of publications
  2. A letter motivating the application
  3. Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  4. Conversion of grade averages to Danish grades (see guidelines for the conversion here)
  5. 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

Candidates may apply prior to ob¬tai¬ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, 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 280 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which 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 Charlottenlund, Silkeborg and Hirtshals as well as on Dana. You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk

Source: http://www.dtu.dk/English/About_DTU/vacancies.aspx?guid=ba41485a-4093-4041-a597-3043298e5f04

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