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Professor in Fish Diseases and Epidemiology
Technical University of Denmark

Date Posted Jun. 28, 2021
Title Professor in Fish Diseases and Epidemiology
University Technical University of Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department DTU Aqua
Application Deadline Aug. 22, 2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Medicine & Epidemiology
    Aquatic Animal Health
    Veterinary Medicine - General

DTU invites applications for a position as professor in the research field of fish diseases and epidemiology. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Unit for Fish and Shellfish Diseases, and is based at DTU campus in Kgs. Lyngby.

You are expected to manage the unit-an international lead laboratory within research and diagnostics on fish and shellfish diseases, which includes the European Union Reference Laboratory for Fish and Crustacean diseases as well as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for the fish disease viral hemorrhagic septiceamia. The section also has the responsibilities as the National Reference Laboratories for diseases in fish, molluscs, and crustaceans, respectively.

The scientific expertise within the unit, the experimental infrastructure and laboratory facilities on location are well advanced, giving abundant opportunities for front-edge science, scientific advice to national and international authorities, to push innovation in aquaculture industry, and contribute to teaching in a university, whose goal it is to offer Europe’s best engineering education.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Leading the unit on fish and shellfish diseases implies academic, strategic, human, and other resource management as well as active engagement in the department’s leadership helping to develop also other research areas and support functions.

Your research field includes:

-Epidemiological aspects of diseases and health problems in aquaculture, including risk assessments, design of surveillance programmes, evaluation of mitigation measures, and inputs on optimal production structure and biosecurity.
-Identifying the most important factors influencing mortality, welfare, and disease transmission in aquaculture, considering interactive effects of aquaculture system design, water quality, feed, and genetic resistance.
-Utilization of large data for disease surveillance and control, obtained, e.g., from producers utilizing increasingly electronic, web-based systems for registration of management and health.

You are expected to have a deep and documented insight into infectious diseases in aquatic animals, their diagnostics and mitigation, and to give advice on above aspects to national and international authorities and foster innovation in the aquaculture industry. You are responsible for coordinating the advisory tasks conducted by the research unit on a broad front, which is expected to be performed in close cooperation with other research units in the department, other units at the University, and relevant national and international research groups. Results should be disseminated in peer-reviewed publications and dedicated outlets aiming to inform management authorities, stakeholders, and the public at large, and foster national and international collaboration.

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. (

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Institute Director Fritz Köster, email:, cell phone: +45 2136 2805 or Professor Niels Jørgen Olesen, email:, cell phone: +45 2924 4310.

You can read more about DTU Aqua on

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. (

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 22 August 2021 (Danish time).

Apply online at

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:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here (…).

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

DTU Aqua provides research, advice, innovation 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 350 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, ship’s crew etc. In addition, the department has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessels DANA and HAVFISKEN. DTU Aqua has locations in Lyngby, Hirtshals, Nykøbing Mors, and Silkeborg.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Contact Information

  • Fritz Köster F
    DTU Aqua
    Technical University of Denmark
    Copenhagen 2800


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