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PhD fellowships in Marine Science, Denmark


Centre for Ocean Life ( offers a 3-year PhD fellowship under the project Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: key patterns and processes in nature. The fellow will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark).

The successful candidate will work within the project “Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: key patterns and processes in nature” a recent research initiative funded by a VILLUM Young Investigator Grant awarded to Dr. Martin Lindegren, senior scientist and Principle Investigator at the Centre for Ocean Life. The background and aims of the project are specified below:

The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, particularly the stability of ecosystems, has been a topic of considerable scientific debate for decades. Although broad consensus has been reached regarding the positive effect of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning, a number of important scientific challenges remain unanswered. These primarily concern the shape of the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationship, its dependence on the environmental conditions and spatial scale at which we observe these factors and the underlying mechanisms contributing to ecosystem functioning. Our current understanding of these issues relies heavily on theoretical and experimental studies, typically conducted on a narrow range of ecosystems (terrestrial), environmental conditions and spatio-temporal scales. Due to a general lack of observational studies, the degree to which mechanistic theory adequately explains the functioning of natural ecosystems is largely unknown, especially in marine ecosystems encompassing a stunning range of biodiversity, highly variable environmental conditions and vast spatio-temporal scales. Improving this knowledge is fundamental to our understanding of the consequences of global biodiversity loss and its likely severe impacts on marine ecosystems and the essential goods and services they provide to societies worldwide. In this project we will use a unique observational data set on marine fish communities, covering a broad range of spatio-temporal scales across a pronounced natural gradient in biodiversity to investigate the key patterns and processes of the BEF relationship in nature.

We invite applications from students interested in marine ecology with an emphasis on trait-based ecology, and biodiversity with relevant background in statistics. Candidates should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the
DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by a committee consisting of Martin Lindegren, Thomas Kiørboe and Ken H. Andersen, all at the Centre for Ocean Life, DTU Aqua.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students at DTU.
The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is flexible but preferably before 1st of March 2017. You can read more about DTU Aqua at

Further information
For further information please contact the Principal investigator, Martin Lindegren (

Please do not send applications to Principal Investigators, instead apply online as described below.

Application procedure
We must have your online application by 1 December 2016.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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 with publication list
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 December 2016

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