PhD Studentships

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) works with a number of University partners to train tomorrow’s leaders in Environmental Science.  These collaborations, known as Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of multidisciplinary environments, helping to enrich the student experience.

Each DTP will create a strong and active community of students that are able - and encouraged - to integrate, work, and learn together. Students will receive in-depth, advanced research training, as well as training in the professional and transferable skills essential in today's economy.

PML is a multidisciplinary, internationally renowned, strategic marine research centre. To start in 2019 we have a number of prestigious and exciting opportunities for outstanding students wishing to conduct PhD projects in our five areas of research excellence: Earth observation and remote sensing; biogeochemical cycling; biodiversity and molecular science; marine ecosystem modelling; and socioeconomics of ecosystem goods and services.

These PhD opportunities are developed with partners from 2 DTPs. Further details on each partnership can be found here:

  • GW4+ (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff)
  • ARIES (formerly EnvEast) (with the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Plymouth and Royal Holloway University of London)
 

For information on the specific projects offered by PML please see the information below. Note that the application process and deadlines differ between DTPs.  

If interested in applying for one of the PhD projects please come along to the PhD Open Day to find out more and meet with potential supervisors and existing students.

See what some of our current PhD students have been working on: 


GW4+ Partnership

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows:
 

PML Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Lee de Mora
ledm@pml.ac.uk

Dr Jeremy Blackford (PML)
Dr John Siddorn (Met Office)
Prof. Tim Lenton  (University of Exeter)

Emergent complexity in marine ecosystem models: when does emergence arise as models increase in complexity?

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath
ssat@pml.ac.uk

Dr Jane White (University of Bath)
Dr Ben Adams (University of Bath)
Dr Marie-Fanny Racault (PML)
Prof. Trevor Platt (PML)
Dr Craig Baker-Austin (CEFAS)

Modelling transmission of waterborne diseases under extreme environmental perturbation

Dr Sevrine Sailley
sesa@pml.ac.uk

Dr Jorn Bruggeman (PML)
Dr Fanny Monteiro (University of Bristol)
Prof. Eugene Murphy (British Antarctic Survey)
Dr Sally Thorpe (British Antactic Survey)

Modelling Antarctic plankton and their response to climate change

Dr Gavin Tilstone
ghti@pml.ac.uk

Dr Peter Miller (PML)
Dr Paul Hill (University of Bristol)

Comparison of optical and machine learning methods to detect harmful algal blooms in satellite ocean colour imagery

 

For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the PML lead supervisor directly.

How to apply

Details on how to apply can be found here

The Eligibility Status and Equal Opportunities form required for your application can be found here

Deadline for applications: 7th January 2019



ARIES Partnership

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows: 

PML Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo
gdal@pml.ac.uk

Dr Luca Polimene (PML)
Dr Bastien Queste (University of East Anglia)
Prof. Carol Robinson (University of East Anglia)

Is the ocean short of breath due to global warming?

Dr Frances Hopkins
fhop@pml.ac.uk

Dr Pennie Lindeque (PML)
Dr Susan Kimmance (PML)
Prof. Peter Liss (UEA)
Dr Gill Malin (UEA)

Do microplastics enhance marine trace gas production?

Dr Karen Tait
ktait@pml.ac.uk

Dr Tom Vance (PML Applications)
Anna Yunnie (PML Applications)
Dr Anthony Knights (Plymouth University)
Dr Louise Firth (Plymouth University) 

 

Eavesdropping on bacterial conversations: are bacterial signal molecules a universal cue for the recruitment of benthic organisms in the sea?



For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the PML lead supervisor directly.
 

How to apply

Details on how to apply can be found here

The Eligibility Status and Equal Opportunities form required for your application can be found here

Deadline for applications: 8th January, 2019