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Could you be part of our digital future? New digital science roles available at Plymouth Marine Laboratory

26 May 2022

Digital technologies are transforming marine science.

PML is seeking candidates to be part of an ambitious team to harness the full potential of AI, Machine Learning and autonomy in support of a sustainable ocean future.
Computer generated image of waves made of digital circles

The sheer volume, complexity and pace of the data that our scientists are now working with means traditional research methods are rapidly becoming overwhelmed. As such, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and autonomy are emerging as important research tools, with the potential to be applied across many aspects of our work and unlock exciting opportunities to expand the horizons of marine research.

With that in mind, we are seeking to recruit the following positions:

Merit / Senior Scientists

Salary £40k - £60K pa, higher salaries are possible depending on experience

We are looking for biogeochemists, ecologists and social scientists with digital skills to help drive PML’s digital strategy forward. Using digital technologies and advanced techniques to carry out and publish world-class marine environmental and social interdisciplinary research you will inform some of the most significant global environmental challenges while helping to build knowledge across the organisation.

As an innovative, technically-proficient and established researcher you will take the lead in securing grant funding, managing projects and collaborating across specialisms, supported by the unique skillsets and facilities at PML.

Your creative application of the very latest digital science techniques to address key environmental and social questions will help grow PML’s external reputation as a leader in this rapidly-evolving area.

Essential requirements:

  • an established research career, with a proven track record of high quality publications and evidence of significant impact
  • proficiency in working with large datasets or synthesis within your research, using a range of coding, data formatting and manipulation techniques
  • ability to lead research collaboratively across specialisms, together with project and financial management experience
  • a track record of securing research funding
  • experience of conducting social or natural science within an interdisciplinary setting.

To discuss the role in more detail please contact Steve Widdicombe,

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PML is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and our policy can be found on our working with us page. We are proud to have achieved the Athena SWAN award as recognition of our achievements in gender equality. As part of this, we offer opportunities to discuss flexible working and whilst the selection process will be based on merit, we particularly welcome applications from female candidates, currently underrepresented.