PhD Scholarships in Marine Macroecology and Biodiversity

Tuesday 14 May 19

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Centre for Ocean Life ( offers a 3-year PhD fellowship in the field of marine macroecology and biodiversity. The fellows will be employed at DTU Aqua (The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We expect PhD candidates to investigate large-scale patterns, drivers and the underlying assembly processes that shape the distribution and composition of marine species and traits in space and time.

The candidates will make use of available observational (monitoring) data sets of species occurrences, abundances and traits (i.e., including morphological, physiological and behavioural characteristics) sampled across marine ecosystems and organism groups (including plankton, fish and benthos) and based on statistical tools and modelling develop descriptions and a mechanistic understanding of macroecological patterns of diversity (taxonomic and functional) and community traits and their changes across multiple spatio-temporal scales. 

Overall, there in considerable freedom to formulate projects within the general frameworks described above and applicants are encouraged to present their own ideas and/or to contact us to discuss specific project ideas.

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD candidate will become part of the vibrant, cross-disciplinary, and international research environment at the Centre for Ocean Life that is a Villum Kann Rasmussen Centre of Excellence. 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 Postdocs). 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 disciplines.

The final PhD project will be developed in collaboration with the relevant principal investigator at the Centre. 

We are looking for an ecologist with documented quantitative skills and experience in the handling and statistical analysis of large data sets, or a biostatistician with a keen interest in marine ecology. 
Candidates should hold a MSc degree (or something equivalent) in biology, bioinformatics, or similar.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The successful candidate is expected to start in 2019. Candidates that complete their MSc before then can apply.

Further information 

For further information about the positions and the projects please contact Senior Researcher Martin Lindegren (

Please do NOT send applications to the above e-mail addresses and follow the electronic application and submission procedure as explained below.

You can read more about the Centre for Ocean Life at: Centre for Ocean Life and the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at: DTU Aqua.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 15 June 2019

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 (
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Two letters of recommendation, possible outline of project ideas, and other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their MSc degree, but they cannot begin their scholarship before having received their MSc degree.


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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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