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Professorship (with special responsibilities) in Diadromous Fishes and their Management

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU). Silkeborg (Dänemark), 27.10.2017

Professorship (with special responsibilities) in Diadromous Fishes and their Management

DTU Aqua at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as professor with special responsibilities in diadromous fish stocks and their management. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology located in Silkeborg.

The research of the section is centred on individual behaviour of fish as a step towards understanding the population dynamics of fish and their interactions with the environment. The research includes studies of fish habitats in streams, lakes, coastal and marine areas and how natural factors and human activity affect the conditions under which fish live. We investigate the effect of deterioration of aquatic habitats and the difficulties faced by fish when they migrate, including the effect of physical barriers in streams, nutrient-rich lakes and the construction of new lakes and wetlands in streams.

The research has three main themes:
    i) migratory behaviour
    ii) relationship between predator and prey and
    iii) restoring natural fish populations
Research results are used to give advice on how populations of freshwater and diadromous fish can be restored, preserved, and exploited in a sustainable way while taking the interests of society into consideration

Responsibilities and tasks
The professor‘s research field will be

  • to advance our understanding of migration of fishes, particularly diadromous species, through a multidisciplinary approach involving physiology and genetics, with telemetry as primary tool
  • the development of telemetry as tools in ecological studies
  • to evaluate the impact of obstacles (such as weirs, hydropower stations, etc.) on fish migration.
Research activities are expected to be conducted in cooperation with other research sections of the Institute, other units at the University, and relevant research groups in primarily Europe and North America, as well as fisheries management authorities and environmental protection agencies.

The professor is expected to take leadership in planning, implementing, and contributing to the coordination of larger international and national multidisciplinary research projects and is expected to improve the capacity of the Institute for giving advice to national and international managers of fisheries, policy makers, and relevant authorities as well as other stakeholders.

The professor is expected to participate in teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels.

The position is intended for a candidate with a track record of

  • internationally acknowledged research in freshwater fisheries and ecology
  • experience in giving advice on habitat deterioration and restauration
  • management of freshwater and recreational fisheries to public authorities, international advisory bodies and other stakeholders
Employment is conditional upon documentation of original research conducted at the highest international level within all the above research themes and an outstanding record in research leadership, including

  • visionary strategic development of the research area
  • planning, implementing and running innovative research projects
  • coordinating input and contributing to work of national and international advisory groups
Furthermore, knowledge of and visions for integrating research findings into fisheries and environmental management is expected.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Fritz Köster, +45 3396 3300, email: or Deputy Director Anders Koed, +45 21685641, e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Aqua on

Application procedure:
We must have your online application by 29 November 2017.

To view the full announcement and to apply:

Bewerbungsschluss: 29.11.2017