Working with us

Scientists at work

Whether you are interested in Career or Visiting Researcher Opportunities with us, wish to find out more about our Partners or collaborate with us on Projects, there are many ways to work with us.

CIPD finalistWe aim to attract the very best people to fill vacancies in our science and operational areas and have career opportunities for experienced individuals and those just starting out. We pride ourselves in offering competitive terms and conditions and an excellent, friendly and vibrant working environment.

We adopt an equal opportunities policy and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We also operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled candidates holding the minimum qualifications for the post.

Current vacancies

Marine Technology Apprenticeships

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is looking to appoint two Modern Apprentices to combine work-based learning with a formal qualification. PML is recognised internationally as a dynamic, highly innovative, independent and impartial deliverer of scientific research and advice on the marine environment.

The ocean and coastal seas are the most exciting, yet challenging, environments to work in. Over the last forty years, PML has been pioneering understanding of the oceans through combining observations and modelling.

You will work at PML for four days a week, in addition to a study day at South Devon College. On completion there may be a possibility of an exciting career in science.

It is essential that you have: A GCSE C or above in Maths and English; good eye for detail, ability to use own initiative; excellent communication skills and the ability to follow correct procedures; basic computer skills; and the ability to work independently and/or as part of a team. You will need to be practically minded and will be required to take part in offshore field work.

There are two posts available:

Marine Science and Technology Apprentice - Level 2 
Laboratory Science Apprentice - Level 2

Read more information about the vacancies and how to apply


Closing date: 28/07/2016

Visiting researchers

We welcome interest from visiting researchers who have secured funding to work in the UK, or who have won fellowships, such as a Marie Curie Fellowship, and are looking for a well equipped and vibrant scientific laboratory in which to pursue their research.

If you are interested in joining us to undertake your Marie Curie Fellowship or as a Visiting Researcher, please complete the enquiry form below. We also accept enquiries from those who have not yet secured funding but would like to discuss research opportunities or voluntary placements.

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Facts at your fingertips...


  • 158 Members of staff

  • 72% Scientists

    28% Operations

  • 40% Female

    60% Male

  • 79% British17% Other EU 4% International

  • 88% Retention rate

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