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DTU Aqua

DTU Aqua

Indrykket 06-11-2019

Professor in Environmental Impact of Towed Fishing Gear

DTU invites applications for a position as professor in the research field of environmental impact of towed fishing gear. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Ecosystem based marine management, and is based in Hirtshals in North Jutland. The successful candidate is expected to lead the newly established research group on environmental impact of fishing gear.


The section for Ecosystem Based Marine Management conducts research on the direct and indirect effects of fishing and other anthropogenic activities on the marine environment. The aim is to develop knowledge and tools for use in an evidence-based ecologically and economically sustainable management. Activities of the section are structured in four research areas. Marine habitats focusses on the importance of habitats for fish stock dynamics. Fisheries technology addresses the efficiency, selectivity, and environmental impact of the fishing process. The aim is to reduce unwanted bycatch of fish, marine mammals or seabirds, and the impact on the marine environment, while improving the efficiency and competitive abilities of the fishery.


Responsibilities and tasks

The professors research field is the development of towed fishing gear that reduces the effect of commercial fishing on marine bottom habitats and associated biological communities, and sensitive species as well as to reduce unwanted by-catch, while maintaining the profitability of the fisheries. An important focus is application, implementation, and coordination of multidisciplinary research linking fisheries and environmental science, statistical and modelling approaches using innovative technology to improve the environmental performance and effectiveness of fishing gear and fishing operations. Activities are expected to be conducted in cooperation with other research units of the institute, other departments at the University and relevant research groups in Europe, as well as fisheries management authorities and the fishing industry.


Especially, cooperation with the equipment manufacturers, processing and fishing industry in research and innovation projects that link competences in biology, technology and economics to fisheries technology is required. In recent years, the impact of fishing on the environment has increasingly got into focus, especially the impact of towed fishing gear on the seabed and benthic ecosystems.



The position is intended for a candidate with a track record of internationally acknowledged research in fisheries technology, impact of fishing on benthic habitats, sensitive species and ecosystems, avoidance of unwanted by-catch, fishing gear innovation in cooperation with the fishing industry, and experience in giving advice to public authorities, international advisory bodies, and stakeholders. Candidates should have well-documented international recognition within their research field, being visionary in their scientific approach, and able to initiate and coordinate crucial research activities. This includes a documented record in leadership of multidisciplinary research projects, including planning, implementing, running, and reporting activities to funding organizations, international advisory groups, the scientific community, stakeholders, and the public enlarge. Specifically, knowledge of and visions for integrating research findings into fisheries management procedures and utilization of research results for improving the environmental performance of capture fisheries are expected. Experience in supervision and training of PhD students and postdocs as well as contribution to teaching at MSc/BEng level is required.


Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 16 December 2019 (local time).


To view the full announcement and to apply: www.career.dtu.dk


DTU Aqua

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