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PhD Stipend in Climate Impacts of Fisheries (20-22030)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Planning and Development. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 September 2022 or soon hereafter. The Department of Planning conducts research and teaching on development and planning in a broad sense, including social science aspects as well as more technical aspects of development, and with a focus on environmental, international as well as administrative dimensions.

Job description

The PhD project is part of the research project “Constraints and trade-offs in the climate impact of fisheries”, hosted by the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment at the Department of Planning, Aalborg University. The project is funded by the Danish Independent Research Fund – Technology and Production and is carried out interdisciplinarily in collaboration with the Centre for Blue Governance at the Department of Planning of Aalborg University, the Section for Bioscience and Engineering at the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience of Aalborg University, as well as the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University in the UK.

The project investigates the green transition to fisheries and fisheries technologies that are sustainable in a life cycle perspective. The project intends to combine knowledge on fisheries policy, management, and technology with data and methods from industrial ecology and product environmental assessment to obtain a deeper and multidimensional understanding of the impact of fisheries and improve decision making for stakeholders and policymakers in this sector.

Within the project, the PhD student is expected to and to:

  •  Develop new life-cycle-assessment models that accurately assess the climate impacts of fisheries accounting for constraints in supply and preferences in consumer demand
  • Analyze data from various national and international repositories to identify the trade-offs between fisheries practices that promote sustainable harvesting of stocks and the more recent drive to fish in a climate-friendly way
  • Produce high-level scientific publications on these topics
  • Carry out teaching activities.

The ideal candidate for these projects has excellent academic qualifications, a strong self-motivation, and a true interest in environmental and societal issues related to blue bioeconomy. The candidate should ideally have a background in Environmental Management, Marine Biology, Environmental science, Sustainability science, Environmental engineering, or the like. As this is an interdisciplinary project, both quantitative skills (data analysis, systems thinking, modelling) and qualitative ones (interest and ability, stakeholder interaction, interviews) are key requisites for the position, as well as the capacity to plan and work autonomously. Documented experience with any study project in the fisheries or blue bioeconomy domain, with Life Cycle Assessment, and with programming for data science (R, Python) will be considered a strong plus. Proficiency in English is a requirement, knowledge of Danish or close languages like Norwegian and Swedish is an advantage.

To apply, please send the following documents (in English unless indicated, pdf format):

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page) outlining your qualifications and motivation to conduct this project
  • Project plan (max 2 pages) addressing your understanding of the project’s problem and expected challenges, as well as your ideas to overcome them
  • CV including a list of scientific outputs (thesis, study projects, papers, etc.) and contact info for two academic references
  • Copy of MSc diploma*
  • Copy of Master thesis (in any language)
  • List of exams with ECTS and grades
  • Recommendations

*If you haven’t completed your Master studies at time of submission, please substitute the MSc diploma with a written statement by your supervisor specifying the expected completion date and confirming that you are expected to finish on time and send the most recent draft of your thesis.

You may obtain further information from Professor Massimo Pizzol, +45 9940 8369, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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