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Postdoctoral fellowship in Fish Population Genetics/Genomics

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Lyngby-Taarbæk, 1 stilling

Within the research area “Population Genetics” at The National Institute for Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua (, we offer a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the field of fish population genetics/genomics.

The fellow will be employed at DTU Aquas´s location in Silkeborg, Jutland, which besides the Population Genetics group also hosts the section for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology (FFE). The starting time is negotiable, but preferably between July 1st and September 1st 2016.

The population genetics group at DTU Aqua consists of three senior researchers (one professor, two senior research scientists), two laboratory technicians and PhD and masters students (currently four PhD and one MSc student). Our main research focus is on Fisheries Genetics, i.e. to use molecular genetic tools to solve problems in fisheries science and to contribute to long term sustainable management of marine resources and biodiversity. Our project portfolio ranges from basic science to projects directly targeted at providing specific management advice, and most projects encompass both basic and applied aspects. In recent years the group’s main focus has shifted from genetics to genomics. Thus, most ongoing projects include genomic analysis. The facilities in Silkeborg comprise a fully equipped state of the art genetics laboratory, including a DNA clean lab for manipulating historical DNA samples.

The DTU Aqua Silkeborg location currently employs around 35 people including 6 PhD students. The young researchers work on a diversity of projects related to fish biology and fisheries management. They actively interact through various fora including regular seminars and the local study group in population ecology and genetics.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will work on several externally funded projects within the topic fisheries genomics. The position encompasses genomic analysis of 1) archived material (scales and otoliths) from marine and anadromous fishes to describe and understand historical genetic changes. 2) Development of genomic resources and description of population structure in key commercial marine species. 3) Fisheries genetics, applying genetic tools to provide advice on pertinent fisheries management questions. A main crosscutting theme will be application of reduced representation sequencing (RAD sequencing and DNA capture) and related bioinformatics analyses. For more specific project information, please see the home page.

We invite applications from postdoc level researchers with a background in population genetics/genomics. As we aim to expand the group’s competences with respect to genomic analysis, we strongly encourage applicants with previous bioinformatics experience in relation to handling and analysing genomic data. The candidate will be selected based on previous scientific track record and qualifications of relevance to the described projects. Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further information
For further information please contact the Population Genetics research coordinator, professor Einar Eg Nielsen (, +45 3588 3115.

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment terms will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Candidates applying from outside Denmark can be eligible to a tax deduction upon application.

Starting date is negotiable.

You can read more about DTU Aqua at

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 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)
-Your application
-Curriculum vitae with publication list
-Two letters of recommendation
-Other material that you would like to be included in the evaluation.

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

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

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The institute is organised into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Hirtshals, Silkeborg as well as on Dana.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.