Centre for Ocean Life (www.OceanLifeCentre.dk) is looking for

Ph.D. students and/or post docs

We offer 2-year Post doc fellowship(s)/3 year PhD fellowships in trait-based modelling of life in the global ocean. The fellow(s) will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark).

We expect the fellow(s) to develop, implement and analyse models of models of higher life (cephalopods and fish) based on the FEISTY model framework or microbial life (plankton) based on the "Nutrient-Unicellular-Multicellular" model framework. The overall aim is to scale from traits of individual organisms to the function of the ecosystem on a global scale.

The application should contain a motivation for why you want to work in the Centre for Ocean Life. The application may include a description of your own project ideas in accord with the goal of the Centre, perhaps inspired by the current running projects outlined on our home pages (www.OceanLifeCentre.dk/projects, Future Oceans, www.oceanlifecentre.dk/background and www.mecano-plankton.dk). The final post doc project will be developed in collaboration with the supervisors in the Centre.

The candidate(s) will become part of the vibrant, cross-disciplinary, and international research environment at the Centre for Ocean Life. The centre is a collaborative effort to develop a fundamental understanding and predictive capability of marine ecosystems through the use of trait-based approaches. We currently have a group of about 20 young scientists associated the Centre (PhD and Post docs). They are working on various aspects of marine life using diverse approaches (observational, experimental, theoretical) while collaborating through weekly science meetings, annual science retreats, numerous working groups, and collaborative projects. Their backgrounds are as diverse as are those of the PIs of the Centre, from physics and mathematics to biology and chemistry, and we spend considerable effort developing cross-disciplinary communication and projects since we believe that the potential for discovery and progress may be achieved by confronting the different disciplines.

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.


We are looking for physicists/mathematicians/engineers with a keen interest in marine ecology, or ecologists with documented quantitative skills.

Candidates should hold a PhD in physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, or similar.

Further information

Full call text: https://www.dtu.dk/english/About/JOB-and-CAREER/vacant-positions//job?id=624a7d53-b6ce-4180-b8ac-14d659f500b4 and https://www.dtu.dk/english/About/JOB-and-CAREER/vacant-positions//job?id=5dc22cbb-5f98-4e2d-9437-bb9bddba562c. For further information about the positions and the projects please contact Professor Ken H Andersen (kha@aqua.dtu.dk), Professor Andy Visser (awv@aqua.dtu.dk), or Professor Thomas Kiørboe (tk@aqua.dtu.dk).

posted: 02 October 2021   Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.