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PhD Scholarships in Fisheries Technology

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Frist 30. april 2021

A number of PhD scholarships in Fisheries Technology are available at DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark) from June 2021 or later.

The projects will be carried out in the Section for Fisheries Technology at DTU Aqua in Hirtshals, Denmark.

The Section for Fisheries Technology has over 25 years of experience in developing cutting-edge technology to understand and improve the environmental and economic performance of commercial fisheries, and providing advice to policy makers. We have strong collaborative networks within Fisheries Technology, not only in Europe but also throughout the world.

Responsibilities and qualifications

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.

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.

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.

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 at DTU.

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

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Jordan Feekings (


), Prof Ludvig Krag (


), or Prof Bent Herrmann (



For general information on the PhD application, please contact PhD Secretary Karin Stubgaard (



Please do not send applications by email but apply online as described below.

You can read more about the institute at


If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at

DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 April 2021 (Danish 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).
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma.
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system
  • ).

    in the right hand column

    Excel spreadsheet here

    (see guidelines and

  • 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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

About the Section for Fisheries Technology at DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark
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.

Learn more about the Section onhttps://www.aqua.dtu.dk/fisheries-technology-section

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.

Learn more about DTU Aqua onhttps://www.aqua.dtu.dk

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