Researcher on Meroplankton Ecology and Multiple Stressors o understand marine communities cope with stressors co-occurring in environment.

DTU is looking for an ambitious and highly skilled researcher in marine ecology focusing on the impacts of pollution and climate change on meroplankton.

DTU Aqua invites applications for a tenure track position as researcher in the Section for Oceans and Arctic. In the context of increasing anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, it is vital to understand how marine communities cope with multiple stressors co-occurring in their environment. The larvae of benthic invertebrates (i.e. meroplankton) are a bottle neck for the population dynamics of benthic invertebrates, a group which includes many ecologically and economically important species. The researcher is expected to develop and lead research on meroplankton, and how it is affected by pollution and climate change.

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • You will design and conduct experimental and field studies with meroplankton, investigating the combined effects of pollution and climate change on a cellular, organismal and population level
  • You will develop the methodology for meroplankton studies, focusing on ecophysiology
  • You will develop the research field at the institute by internal and external collaborations, including both national and international partners
  • You will contribute to the education and engage in DTU’s teaching program UDTU as well as  designing and supervising student projects
  • You will apply for external funding to secure the further development of the research field and its integration to the ongoing activities in the section

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in marine/environmental science.

  • You must have documented research experience in the field, particularly in experimental studies and experience from marine research cruises
  • You must have a high record (>10) of peer reviewed publications, preferably in Q1 journals
  • You must have been successful in obtaining your own funding in the past (min. 2 mio. DKK in grants or postdoctoral fellowships)
  • You must have a broad international experience
  • You must have experience in mentoring Bachelor and Master students
  • You must have good communication skills both in oral and written English and Danish
  • You must be a social person working well in teams and projects.

You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
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 position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. Read more about the program and the recruitment process here.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from the head of section Karen Edelvang 

You can read about DTU Aqua 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 1 July 2022 (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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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.

The Section for Oceans and Arctic covers a wide research spectrum from 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 research in population ecology establishes how processes affecting individuals shape populations and ecosystems.

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 which 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 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 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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