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.
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)
 

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

Open Day

We will be holding an Open Day at PML in November, a chance to find out more about the projects and meet supervisors. More information and booking details can be found here 


GW4+ Partnership

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows:
 

PML Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Ruth Airs
ruaiNoSpam@pml.ac.uk

Dr Rachael Beale (PML)
Dr Glen Tarran (PML)
Prof. Nicholas Smirnoff (University of Exeter)

The microscopic world of nature in seawater: Which phytoplankton cells use N-osmolytes?

Dr Mike Allen
mija@pml.ac.uk

Dr Tracey Beacham (PML)
Prof. Marian Yallop (University of Bristol)
Dr Andrew Spicer (Algenuity)

Development of natural algal virus platforms for scalable industry biotechnology

Dr Lee de Mora
ledm@pml.ac.uk

Dr Luca Polimene (PML)
Dr Tim Lenton (University of Exeter)

Do marine models need complex ecosystems to make predictions about climate change?

Dr Sevrine Sailley
sesa@pml.ac.uk

Dr Jorn Bruggeman (PML)
Dr Steve Simpson (University of Southampton)

Plankton mortality in ecosystem models and impact on human activity 

Dr Gavin Tilstone
ghti@pml.ac.uk

Dr Vassilis Kitidis (PML)
Dr Jamie Shutler (University of Exeter)

Carbon from space: determining the biological controls on the ocean sink of CO2 from satellite in the Atlantic and Southern oceans

 

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

How to apply

For further details and to apply, please click here

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

Deadline for applications: Sunday 7th January, 2018



Spitfire Partnership

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows: 
 

PML Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Sevrine Sailley
sesa@pml.ac.uk

Dr Steve Widdicombe (PML)
Dr Cathy Lucas (University of Southampton)
Elaine Fileman (PML)

Zooplankton, jellyfish and climate

     

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

How to apply

For further details on how to apply, please click here

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 5th January, 2018



EnvEast Partnership

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows: 

PML Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Matthew Cole
mcol@pml.ac.uk

Dr Penelope Lindeque (PML)
Dr Trevor Tolhurst (University of East Anglia)
Prof. Richard Thompson (University of Plymouth)

Does microplastic pollution pose a risk to marine life and food security

Dr Susan Kimmance
sukim@pml.ac.uk

Dr Frances Hopkins (PML)
Dr Jonathon Todd (University of East Anglia)
Prof. Willie Wilson (SAHFOS)

Molecular exploration of virus-induced DMSP turnover by phytoplankton

Dr Andy Rees
apre@pml.ac.uk

Dr Vassilis Kitidis (PML)
Prof. Jan Kaiser (University of East Anglia)
Dr Helen Atkinson (Sercon Ltd)

 

From farm to coast: fluxes and isotopic fingerprints of greenhouse gases in river catchments, estuaries and coastal waters



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

How to apply

For further details on how to apply, click here

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

Deadline for applications: Monday 8th January, 2018 


 

The following list holds information in which PML will be co-supervising PhD projects within doctoral training partnerships but not directly leading these projects. For information relating to these projects please contact the lead supervisor at the relevant DTP or the PML Co-Supervisor.

GW4+ Partnership

Lead Supervisor

PML Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Ceri Lewis
C.N.Lewis@exeter.ac.uk

Dr Helen Findlay (PML)
 

Are microplastics novel vectors of disease to marine animals?

Prof. Tamara Galloway
T.S.Galloway@exeter.ac.uk

Dr Pennie Lindeque (PML)
 

Microplastic pollution in the Galapagos food web

Dr Jamie Shutler
J.D.Shutler@exeter.ac.uk

Dr Tom Bell (PML)
 

Using drones to understand carbon uptake in sea-ice covered Antarctic waters

 


EnvEast Partnership

Lead Supervisor

PML Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Simon Ussher
simon.ussher@plymouth.ac.uk

Dr Tom Bell (PML)
 

Investigating the biogeochemistry of trace metals in ship plumes in the marine environment

Prof. Alex Baker
alex.baker@uea.ac.uk

Dr Frances Hopkins (PML)
Dr Tom Bell (PML)

Seawater control of an atmospheric pollutant: ocean-atmosphere interactions between iodine and ozone

Dr Mark Fitzsimons
m.fitzsimons@plymouth.ac.uk
 

Dr Ruth Airs (PML)

Production of volatile nitrogen by marine algae: implications of a changing nutrient balance