Professorship in Chemical Oceanography


Applications are invited for a position as professor in the research field of chemical oceanography. The professorship is affiliated with the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Section for Oceans and Arctic located in Lyngby.

The research spectrum of the Section for Oceans and Arctic covers oceanography, marine ecology, observation technology, and the Arctic. The research into oceanography integrates biological, physical, and chemical parameters’ interactions in the ocean, ranging from individual plankton to regional seas. We focus on understanding the key processes that govern the structure and function of pelagic food webs, as well as climate and ecosystem interactions. The research in marine ecology establishes how processes affecting individuals shape populations and ecosystems. Focus is on fish, but not exclusively, as lower trophic levels are addressed as well and relevant species and environmental interactions are targeted. Observation technology is a multidisciplinary activity aimed at integrating traditional and emerging methods in acoustics, optics, and image analyses to support research in the section and DTU Aqua. DTU Aqua’s Arctic research is a regional component that cuts across the other research disciplines in the section. The research activities are based on a close collaboration with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources as well as other partners in Europe and North America.

Responsibilities and tasks

The professor’s research field will be i) biogeochemistry of nutrients and organic matter, ii) ocean optics and photo-chemistry, iii) tracing water masses using chemical characteristics, and iv) spectroscopy in analytical environmental chemistry applications. The primary task of the professor will be to build up a research group on chemical oceanography in collaboration with other research sections at the department, other units at the university, and relevant national and international research groups. The professor will be responsible for coordinating chemical activities covering all marine waters and has a special obligation to take the lead in coordinating the section’s oceanographic and marine ecological activities in the Arctic. This includes a contribution to advisory tasks on the impact of climate change and human activities on arctic ecosystems.

Innovation aspects relate to the development and implementation of systems recording the physical and chemical parameters in the sea and the distribution and conversion of material in the sea and industrial water systems.


The position is intended for a candidate with an international track record in chemical oceanography, i.e. research in the chemical composition of seawater and understanding of how both physical and biological processes influence the biogeochemical cycling of elements in the sea. The candidate should have experience in the field of experimental and theoretical approaches in chemical oceanography and related research fields like optical and physical oceanography. Employment implies original research at the highest international level and a record in research leadership, including visionary strategic development as well as planning, implementing, and running innovative research projects. It is further expected that the candidate has extensive experience in teaching at all academic levels, including supervision and training of PhD candidates and postdocs.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 11 March 2019 (local time).

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