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PhD scholarship in Biological Oceanography

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Frist 30. juni 2020

A PhD Scholarship in biological oceanography is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1st October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project will be carried out in the Section for Oceans and Arctic in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

The scholarship is part of the HORIZON2020 project ECOTIP (‘Arctic biodiversity change and its consequences: Assessing, monitoring and predicting the effects of ecosystem tipping cascades on marine ecosystem services and dependent human systems’). Project focus ison the effects of multiple anthropogenic stressors (including climate change) on the Arctic biodiversity, and the potential consequences of the biodiversity change to the functioning of the marine ecosystem and the services that it provides. The reduction in the sea ice and melting of the Greenland Ice Cap are already changing the hydrography of Arctic and sub-Arctic seas, which is expected to affect the stratification and seasonal dynamics of the marine ecosystems, with cascading effects to pelagic and benthic food webs and biogeochemical cycles. The multiple other stressors such as pollution, exploitation of living resources and invasive species add to these unpredictable effects of the climate change. The contribution of this PhD project is to investigate the tolerances of native and invasive species to the multiple anthropogenic stressors and the consequences of resulting changes in zooplankton community composition to the food web efficiency and biological pump.

Responsibilities and tasks
The overall aim of the PhD project is to determine whether selected non-indigenous zooplankton species in the Arctic seas are more tolerant to the multiple stressors than native species, and whether the differences in species tolerances can result to changes in the species composition, with associated changes to ecosystem functions. The project includes both laboratory and field work. The specific tasks include:

  • Participating in two inter-disciplinary cruises to the West and East Greenland to investigate the spatial variation of stressors and their impact on marine zooplankton
  • Conducting experiments on the effects of multiple stressors on zooplankton
  • Contributing to the development of ECOTIP modelling approaches and to the research communication
  • Collaborating with other ECOTIP PhD students to achieve maximum synergy between the PhD projects

Candidates should 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 who has:

  • Degree and/or experience in marine or aquatic biology / ecology
  • Experience in working with plankton and/or environmental effects in aquatic ecosystems
  • Experience in laboratory or field work within aquatic biology / ecology
  • Flexibility concerning research stays and field work in laboratories abroad
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally
  • Strong interest in participating in an inter-disciplinary and international research environment
  • Willingness to contribute to a positive and inspirational work atmosphere

The application should contain a motivation for why you want to undertake this research at DTU Aqua, your interest in this topic and a description of your own project ideas and how they link to fulfil the project aims.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate willbe enrolled in the PhD school at DTU Aqua. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment is based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance is to be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Marja Koski (E-mail: mak@aqua.dtu.dk ; tel.: +45 93511545).

You can read more about the institute at www.aqua.dtu.dk

Please submit your online application no later than 30 June 2020 (23:59 local time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. 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. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • A description of proposed research (max. 2 pages)
  • 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)
  • Recommendation letters from senior professionals are welcomed

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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.

Description of Oceans and Arctic at DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark
The research spectrum of the Section for Oceans and Arctic covers oceanography, population ecology, observation technology and the Arctic. The research into oceanography integrates biological, physical and chemical parameters’ interactions in the ocean, ranging from individual plankton to regional seas. We focus on understanding the key processes that govern the structure and function of pelagic food webs, as well as climate and ecosystem interactions.

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 260 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 that 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 Kgs. Lyngby, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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