Assistant Professor in Fisheries Science and Technology

Sisimiut, Greenland Full Time

Job Details

DTU Aqua (the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark) invites applications for an assistant professor position in the area of fisheries science and technology. The position is depending on the chosen focus affiliated with either the Section Marine Living Resources or Ecosystem based Marine Management with a primary working place in Sisimiut, at the Arctic Technology Centre in Greenland’s second largest city, which lies 50 km inside the Arctic Circle, and with a secondary work place either in Kgs. Lyngby or Hirtshals. The position will be part of a DTU effort to build up a fisheries technology education in Greenland in cooperation with the Tech College Greenland and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. The study programme focuses broadly on developing and ensuring a sustainable fisheries industry—socially, economically, and environmentally.


Fisheries Technology is a BEng programme aimed at educating fisheries engineers—and the programme focuses on the entire value chain from biological production of living resources over catching to processing and management of fish and shellfish – including focus on sustainability and innovation/entrepreneurship. A large part of the study programme takes place in Greenland. This allows for close collaboration between the fisheries industry, local communities, and ARTEK – DTU Campus Sisimiut, where semesters 1-3 are taught. The study programme is, however, not only aimed at work in Arctic regions, but is also globally oriented. Semesters 4 and 5 are taught at DTU in Lyngby and Ballerup. Semester 6 is spent in an internship with—for example—a fisheries company or an administrative authority in either Denmark, Greenland, or abroad. During semester 7 elective courses will be selected at DTU in Denmark or at a university abroad. The study programme is concluded in semester 8 with a BEng project, which may also be done in Denmark, Greenland, or abroad and preferably in collaboration with e.g. the fishing industry.

Responsibilities and tasks

The duties of the assistant professor will primarily focus on research, education and innovation in one or more of the following research areas:

  • Fish population dynamics
  • Fish capture technology
  • Fisheries management.

We expect the assistant professor to contribute to the development and implementation of the curriculum in fisheries technology and take responsibility for specific courses taught in Greenland. The candidate is expected to – in coordination with the head of studies of the BEng programme - act as the person on the ground helping to organise the teaching of the curriculum in Greenland, conducted by various faculty members being present for shorter or longer periods on the Sisimiut campus. Responsibilities include supporting related research and innovation activities as well as acting as mentor for the students and help organising internships, practica and excursions in Sisimiut and Greenland. There will be enhanced didactic training during the first year of employment as necessary.


Candidates must have a PhD degree as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as research scientist or engineer. The candidates should have experience in teaching on academic level and should have a strong track record in working with fisheries science and/or innovation in the fishing and seafood industry.

Applicants with scientific experience in at least one, preferably more of the following areas are sought-after:

  1. spatial and temporal dynamics of marine living resources and their assessment
  2. fishing gear technology reducing environmental impact of fishing and enhancing value production
  3. advice on fisheries management incl. evaluation of management measures.

Knowledge in seafood processing, product quality and safety is an advantage. The applicants are expected to be independent, flexible, self-motivated, communicative and able to stimulate learning in different teaching forms. Experience in handling and sailing boats is an advantage.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
Consideration will also be given to:
  • Research impact and experience, experience in acquiring external funding
  • Experience with working at sea and/or in the seafood processing industry
  • Technical and practical capabilities with respect to laboratory and field research

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 employment will be on individual terms but based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.


Accommodation in Greenland will be supplied, and necessary travels to and from Denmark covered.


An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Contact Information

DTU Aqua (the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark)

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Fritz Köster, +45 2136 2805, e-mail:, Head of studies Nina Qvistgaard, +45 4048 7790, e-mail: and Professor Rasmus Nielsen, +45 2131 4969, e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Aqua on and about the BEng in Fisheries Technology on

Post Date: 7/6/2019 2:32:51 PM
Closing Date: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM