PhD Scholarship in Fisheries and Population Biology

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Aqua

A PhD Scholarship in ‘fisheries and population biology’ is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date February 2017 to an exceptionally qualified candidate. The scholarship is financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The project will primarily be carried out in affiliation to the Section for Marine Living Resources ( under supervision of senior scientists Mikael van Deurs and Asbjørn Christensen. The Section for Marine Living Resources was highly ranked in a recent international evaluation of the institute.

Project description
The aim of the project is to develop alternative ways of managing stocks of sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) in the North Sea. North Sea sandeel is harvested as an industrial species and sold to the fish meal industry. It represents a considerable value to the Danish fishing industry, while it at the same time is considered a key player in the North Sea ecosystem from plankton to birds and marine mammals. There are several indications that its biology makes it, to some degree, incompatible with a standard stock assessment and forecast approaches currently recommended by ICES (International Council for The Exploration of the Sea). In this project, the PhD student will be establishing international connections and reviewing approaches applied in other parts of the world (i.e. the US, New Zealand, and Australia), conduct a theoretical analysis of potential pit-falls and disadvantages of using the reference point system and the sustainability criteria pointed out by ICES, carry out a spatially explicit study of sub-population dynamics and predation pressures, and propose an alternative management strategy for North Sea sandeel, including guidelines on how to evaluate the sustainability. The project thus spans several disciplines that allow the successful candidate to bridge aquatic sciences, mathematical modelling and sustainable resource management.

We are looking for a highly skilled candidate who:

  • has a Master of Science degree or equivalent in an area related to aquatic sciences or computational sciences. Candidates from aquatic sciences should demonstrate their skills and interests in mathematical modelling. Candidates from computational sciences should demonstrate their interests in sustainable resource management and dedication to work with biological systems.
  • can document a strong research potential within the frame of this project.
  • has the ability to work independently within the frame of this project, in strong coordination with other biological and mathematical/statistical research in the section.
  • has the proficiency in written and spoken English.

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

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Research Scientist Asbjørn Christensen and Mikael van Deurs, DTU Aqua.

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Senior Research Scientist Mikael van Deurs;

Please submit your online application no later than 21 December 2016.

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