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.
Saskia Ruhl (PhD student) filtering seawater onboard the Plymouth Quest research vessel

PML is a multidisciplinary, internationally renowned, strategic marine research centre. For 2018 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 3 DTPs. Further details on each partnership can be found here:

  • GW4+ (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff)
  • Spitfire (with the University of Southampton)
  • EnvEast (with the Universities of East Anglia, Kent and Essex)

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Current opportunities

Optical-biogeochemical dynamics of oligotrophic lakes

Supervisory team: E. Spyrakos1, P. Hunter1, A. Tyler1, S. Simis2, D. Odermatt3
1University of Stirling 2Plymouth Marine Laboratory 3Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

This studentship provides an exceptional opportunity for a student to join a team with internationally recognised expertise in Earth observation. The student will primarily be based at Stirling, but will collaborate and spend periods of time working with scientists from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). The student will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities and will receive specialist training in radiative transfer modelling, satellite data processing, collection/processing of bio-optical data and statistical analysis. The student will also receive training in transferable skills through the Stirling Graduate Research School. The successful student must be prepared to spend short periods undertaking fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

This is a tied project studentship funded by the University of Stirling, PML and Eawag. We welcome applications from all interested individuals, but a first class degree (or equivalent, typically >70% or >8 for different grade points systems) in (geo)physical, environmental sciences or a closely related discipline and/or MSc with distinction is recommended.

The studentship is available for three-years. For the successful candidate, the studentship will cover tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend (estimated £14,777 for Session 2017-18). We will consider applications from UK/EU candidates (but see University of Stirling funding rules for exceptions regarding EU citizens). We also welcome applications from international students if the additional funding for the international fees and visas can be guaranteed by the applicant.

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To Apply

Please email you CV and Covering letter with the names and contact details of at least two academic referees to Dr Evangelos Spyrakos: by 31 May 2018.

Your covering letter should clearly set out your suitability and motivation for this PhD with reference to your experience and achievements. Informal enquiries should be directed to; +44 (0) 1786 467759.