Early-stage researcher (ESR, PhD Candidate) position at Copenhagen



Early-stage researcher (ESR, PhD Candidate) position in the H2020-MSC-ITN-ETN project Social Science Aspects of Fisheries for the 21st Century (SAF21), at Syntesa Partners and Associates Aps, Copenhagen

An ESR position is available at Syntesa Partners and Associates Aps (, Strandgade 91, 4, Copenhagen, in the field of socio-economic aspects of fisheries management, starting in June 2015 as part of the European Training Network (ETN) SAF21. This is one of 10 ESR positions associated with the SAF21 project.


Applicants must meet the European Commission's Eligibility Criteria (see below).


The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by and obtain his or her degree from the University of Iceland. Successful candidates will be employed on fixed term contracts. In addition to the basic salary, successful applicants will receive a generous monthly mobility allowance (amount depending on personal and family circumstances). The salaries for these posts are set by the regulations governing Marie Curie projects.


The SAF21 project (

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges, and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. SAF21 is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral ITN-ETN that embeds social scientists of the future into the European Union fisheries management systems. It trains experts in analysis of human social behaviour for the better management of socio-ecological complex systems such as fisheries. SAF21 includes multi- and interdisciplinary scientific training, secondments in both academic and non-academic organisations, as well as courses in core transferable skills with an emphasis on public engagement and science communication and outreach.


The project requires high transnational mobility and applicants should be aware that they will be required to travel and live for different periods of time in other countries than Denmark and Faroe Islands for several times during the three years of the PhD program.


PhD position description

Evaluation of desirability of fisheries after the implementation of a new management system

The aim of this research project is to develop a framework for the continuous socio-economic evaluation of fisheries in particular after adopting a Result Based Management (RBM) system. Previous research shows that available data for important fisheries, for instance the demersal fishery in the North Sea, is far from complete or consistent. In a first step, the ESR will create a consistent data model and coordinate data sources in the different countries to get a consistent and updated database for socio-economic evaluation. In a second step, a number of socio-economic indicators will be chosen in consultation with stakeholders. Then the available methodology for cost-benefit analysis will be extended into a multivariate impact analysis. After an analysis of the result and again in consultation with stakeholders, a societal desirability metric will be elaborated that allows a continuous evaluation of the chosen fisheries. An equivalent process will be followed for European aquaculture.

A comparative analysis will be developed. As a result, the ESR will create the following new resources: (a) A consistent database of societal relevant data about certain EU fisheries; (b) Socio-economic indicators, together with a method to consistently evaluate them; (c) A methodology to determine the societal desirability of EU fisheries, e.g. as compared with EU aquaculture.


To evaluate the socio-economic desirability of the European fisheries under an RFMS as a:

• Business sector
• A cultural identity
• A producer of high quality protein


Expected Results:

• Socio economic analysis;
• Multi-variant impact analysis;
• Enterprise take-up;


The candidate will be expected to contribute to the daily work of Syntesa, both in the Faroe Islands and Denmark. At periods, the candidate will be seconded at SAF partner institutions such as University of Utrecht, UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and Icelandic Ocean Cluster.


General eligibility criteria

Candidates should possess a university M.Sc. degree, preferably in fisheries economics, economics, marine ecosystem management, fisheries management or another relevant social science subject. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong academic background, be flexible and independent, as well as cooperative and resourceful. The place of work will be in the Faroe Islands as well as Denmark. The candidate is required to possess strong skills in English. Basic knowledge of other European languages is also an asset.


Formal requirements for applicants, regulated by the European Commission:
An M.Sc. degree is required. At the time of recruitment by the Host Beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their Host Beneficiary (Denmark) for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the reference date.


Potential candidates are welcome to contact Ólavur Gregersen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +298 233080 for more information.


Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, a CV, a copy of their master thesis (or equivalent, e.g. senior thesis in the US, if available), and a short summary of their research experience all in English to Ólavur Gregersen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before May 11, 2015.


Research Fields:
Fisheries management; Socio-economic analysis; Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management; Results-based Management


Conditions of experience

Early-stage researchers (PhD candidates) are those who are, at the time of selection by the host institution, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.