PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Technology – Deadline 15 May 2023

A PhD scholarship (3-year employment) in Fisheries Technology will be available at DTU Aqua (National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark) with a preferred start in July 2023.

The project 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, both nationally and internationally.

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 recent development and implementation of technologies for catch monitoring and reporting, namely electronic monitoring (EM), can lead to a simpler and more flexible management framework while ensuring the environmental and economic performance of fisheries are improved. Specifically, the project aims to address the limitations that technical measures introduce with regards to resource exploitation, and how the introduction of EM and the removal of certain technical measures under fully documented fisheries can facilitate the development of fishing gears that allow for better exploitation patterns.

The specific content of the project will be formulated in cooperation with the successful candidate reflecting the candidates’ qualifications, under the outline defined by externally funded projects and ongoing activities. The candidate will join an active, international and cross-disciplinary research team. A significant part of the research and development activities is to be carried out in collaboration with the fishing and fishing gear industries.

We are looking for a candidate with several of the following competences:

  • Research experience within the field of marine and aquatic sciences.
  • An interest in or prior experience in working with fisheries management or fishing gear selectivity data.
  • Experience in planning and conducting field work.
  • Experience in statistical analysis/modelling.
  • An interest in or prior experience in programming (e.g. R, Python) is advantageous.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and orally.
  • Proficiency in a Nordic language is advantageous.
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to conduct research independently.
  • Strong interest in participating in an inter-disciplinary and international research environment.
  • Willingness to contribute to a positive and inspirational working environment.

The candidate 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 scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate 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 DTU’s rules for the PhD education.

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.

Starting date is 1st July 2023 (or according to mutual agreement). The position is a full-time position. The PhD student will be based at DTU Aqua in Hirtshals, Denmark, and will be integrated in the Section for Fisheries Technology, DTU Aqua. A certain amount of field work can be expected.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Jordan Feekings (, Head of Section Marie Storr Paulsen (, or Professor 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. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 May 2023 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply now”, 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • 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.

Find out more about this opportunity here.

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