The focus of this PhD is the potential use of protein sources that arise as by-products or production side streams in the Nordic countries in aquaculture feeds. The scholarship is financed by the Nordic Center of Excellence project SUREAQUA funded by NordForsk under the Nordic Council of Ministers, with support from the PhD school at DTU Aqua. The position is based at the Section for Aquaculture, DTU Aqua in Hirtshals, but part of the work will be conducted in collaboration with project partners. The candidate should expect to spend a maximum of 6 months in other Nordic countries. The supervisors will be Senior Scientists Bodil K. Larsen and Ivar Lund and Associate Professor Peter V. Skov.
The PhD position is part of the thematic area Technology development and Biorefinery approaches. The overall goal of the PhD is to improve the efficient use of protein sources that originate as by-products and side streams in agricultural, medical, or other industrial production processes, in aquaculture fish feed. Evaluation includes physical and nutritional characterization of raw materials, assessment of a variety of pre-treatment processes to improve or make available nutritional components, and testing dietary inclusion in growth trials. Performance of ingredients are to be assessed by traditional means, such as growth performance, feed conversion and digestibility, but also by exploring any occurring changes in hormonal signalling, gene expression, or the overall physiological condition of fishes.
DTU Aqua are looking for a candidate with a Masters degree (M.Sc., M.Eng., or eqivalent) in the field of aquaculture or nutrition. Ideally, they must have a strong interest in nutritional biochemistry and physiology, previous experience in experimental work with fish, including the proper design and execution of experiments, strong proficiency in written and spoken English, desire to disseminate their work, and an ability to work independently and identify relevant questions that arise.