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Professor in Ecosystem Approach to Marine Management

DTU invites applications for a position as professor in the research field Ecosystem approach to marine management. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Ecosystem Based Marine Management, and it is based at DTU in Kgs. Lyngby. The successful candidate is expected to take the lead of the section. The section consists of four research areas: Marine habitats, Fisheries technology, Fisheries management, and Ecosystem effects of fishing.

Responsibilities and tasks

The professor is expected to lead the section for Ecosystem Based Marine Management, implying academic, strategic, human, and other resource management as well as active engagement in the departments leadership in helping to develop both other research sections and support functions. The professors research field will be to develop and operationalize methods considering ecosystem, economic and social aspects in fisheries management to improve ecosystem-based fisheries management. To this aim, the professor is expected to identify impacts of changes in ecosystem structure and functiondriven by natural processes and anthropogenic activitieson fish stock and fisheries dynamic and incorporate the resulting biological and ecological knowledge of fish stock dynamics in operational fish stock assessment and fisheries management advice. The professor will act to determine impact of fisheries on fish populations and food webs, e.g., predators and prey of commercial fish stocks and cascading effects in the food webs. Another task is to foster positive interactions of fishing and other maritime activities as a contribution to maritime spatial planning.

The professor is expected to give advice on the next revision of the Common Fisheries Policy, including contributions to international fisheries advisory (e.g. ICES) and management organization (e.g. the EU Commission). The professor should furthermore contribute to the implementation of environmental directives, such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including contributions to regional seas conventions (e.g. HELCOM and OSPAR) as well as to maritime spatial planning at national and international level.

Research and advisory activities are expected to be conducted in close cooperation with other research sections in the department, other units at the University, and other relevant research groups. Results should be disseminated in peer reviewed publications and dedicated outlets aiming to inform management authorities, stakeholders and the public at large and foster national and international collaboration.


The successful candidate must hold an internationally recognized track record on:

  • determining growth, survival and spatial distribution of commercially exploited fish stocks
  • conducing fish stock assessments and drafting advice on fisheries management
  • effects of fishing on predators of targeted stocks as well as other ecosystem components
  • indicators of fishing impact
  • linkage of various trophic level production and internal, e.g. food web dynamics, and external drivers e.g. climate change, to fish stock production and fisheries dynamics
  • integrating ecosystem, economic, social and governance objectives in management advice


Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 2 March 2020 (local time).

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