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Postdoc in Trait-based Modelling of Life in the Global Ocean
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Tuesday 14 Sep 21
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Apply no later than 25 October 2021
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Centre for Ocean Life (www. OceanLifeCentre.dk) offers 2-year Post doc
fellowship(s) in trait-based modelling of life in the global ocean. The
fellow(s) will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic
Resources, Technical University of Denmark).
Responsibilities and qualifications
We expect the post doc fellow to develop, implement and analyse models of
models of higher life (cephalopods and fish) based on the FEISTY model
framework or microbial life (plankton) based on the “Nutrient-Unicellular-
Multicellular” model framework. The overall aim is to scale from traits of
individual organisms to the function of the ecosystem on a global scale.
The candidate(s) will become part of the vibrant, cross-disciplinary, and
international research environment at the Centre for Ocean Life. The centre is
a collaborative effort to develop a fundamental understanding and predictive
capability of marine ecosystems through the use of trait-based approaches. We
currently have a group of about 20 young scientists associated the Centre
(PhD and Post docs). They are working on various aspects of marine life
using diverse approaches (observational, experimental, theoretical) while
collaborating through weekly science meetings, annual science retreats,
numerous working groups, and collaborative projects. Their backgrounds are as
diverse as are those of the PIs of the Centre, from physics and mathematics to
biology and chemistry, and we spend considerable effort developing cross-
disciplinary communication and projects since we believe that the potential
for discovery and progress may be achieved by confronting the different
We are looking for physicists/mathematicians/engineers with a keen interest in
marine ecology, or ecologists with documented quantitative skills.
Candidates should hold a PhD in physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, or
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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 2 years.
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The successful candidate is expected to start early 2022.
For further information about the positions and the projects please contact
Professor Ken H Andersen (email@example.com), Professor Andy Visser
(firstname.lastname@example.org), or Professor Thomas Kiørboe (email@example.com).
You can read more about the Centre for Ocean Life at: Centre for Ocean Life,
the associated project “Future Oceans”, and the National Institute of Aquatic
Resources at: DTU Aqua.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Please submit your online application no later than 25 October 2021 (Danish
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:
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
The application should contain a motivation for why you want to work in the
Centre for Ocean Life. The application may include a description of your own
project ideas in accord with the goal of the Centre, perhaps inspired by the
current running projects outlined on our home pages
(www. OceanLifeCentre.dk/projects, Future Oceans,
www. oceanlifecentre.dk/background and www. mecano-plankton.dk). The final post
doc project will be developed in collaboration with the supervisors in the
Two letters of recommendation
Possible outline of project ideas
PhD degree transcript
Other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their PhD degree, but they cannot
begin their scholarship before having received their PhD degree.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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