Deadline: Sepetember 7, 2011
A PhD Scholarship in Stress Coping Styles’ effect on fitness and smolt production in salmonids is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date October 2011.
The project will be carried out in the Section for Freshwater Fisheries Ecology in Silkeborg and the Section of Aquaculture in Hirtshals.
DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark. 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 development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 90 academic employees.
Differences in STS among salmonids may offer a potential for optimising these stockings based on the differences in redd evacuation and STS. For example; if the proactive (or reactive) component of the population produces more smolt or has better survival, this fraction may be selected for the stocking purposes.
The main questions addressed by this PhD are:
1. Is timing of spawning redd migration also related to STS in a wild population?
2. Is there a coupling between STS and growth and survival in both hatchery and in nature?
3. Is there a coupling between STS and chance of smolting in nature?
4. Is STS constant over life stages?
We are looking for a candidate who has:
* Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, or equivalent, in Aquatic Sciences.* Previous experience in aquatic research.
* Proficiency in written and spoken English.
* Keen interest in research and for working within the field of aquatic sciences.
We must have your online application by 7 September 2011. Please open the link “apply for this job online”, fill in the application form and attach the following documents;
1. Curriculum vitae – including a list of publications
2. A letter motivating the application
3. Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
4. Conversion of grade averages to Danish grades (see guidelines for the conversion here)
5. Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
For further information about the project please contact Senior Research Scientist Kim Aarestrup, +45 3588 3142, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Senior Research Scientist Erik Höglund, +45 3588 3249, email@example.com.
General information may be obtained from Helge Abildhauge Thomsen, firstname.lastname@example.org +45 3588 3020, or Ulla Heiberg, email@example.com