Studentships

Montage of students working in the lab and field

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 2016 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.

NERC Industrial CASE Studentship Competition

In addition to PhD projects offered through the DTPs, PML is able to offer one project that will receive direct funding through the NERC Industrial CASE Studentship Competition. NERC Industrial CASE Studentship projects have received guaranteed, direct funding from NERC and are delivered in partnership with non-academic partners from the private, public and third/civil sectors.

 

External Supervisor/s (Lead supervisor is underlined)

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr James Clark
jcl@pml.ac.uk

 

Prof Jan Kaiser (University of East Anglia)
Prof Icarus Allen (PML)
Dr Johan van der Molen &
Dr Suzanne Painting (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Cefas)

Understanding controls on oxygen deficits in UK waters using a community ecosystem model and isotopic tools


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

How to apply

For further details please click here

The closing date for applications is 18th April 2017.  



Spitfire Partnership

The Spitfire PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows: 
 

PML Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Gavin Tilstone
NoSpamghti@pml.ac.uk

Dr Alex Poulton (National Oceanography Centre)
Prof Nick Bates (University of Southampton)
Dr Mike Allen &
Dr Helen Findlay (PML)

What is the effect of high CO2 and temperature on phytoplankton photo-physiology in the Atlantic Ocean?

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

How to apply

For further details please click here

The closing date for applications is 5th January 2017.  



About PML

With its base in the South West of England, PML plays a key role on the international stage through its science projects, strategic positions on committees and hosted offices, such as the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans. With its 155 staff, 70 students and visitors, PML produced over 700 science publications over the last 5 years and has an annual budget of around £10 million. Located near the Plymouth seafront, PML has easy access to the spectacular South West, breath-taking Dartmoor National Park and recreational amenities (please click here for more information).

As a student based at PML, you will benefit from being based in a world class research institute, with access to specialist staff, the latest computer, networking and communications technology, modern laboratory instrumentation, the National Marine Biological Library (NMBL) and two modern inshore research vessels. In addition, PML runs a lively Sports & Social Club, providing a variety of free and subsidised facilities and activities.

Individuals who are interested in a PML studentship are encouraged to contact the PML Lead Supervisor directly for more information.
 

 



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

External Supervisor/s (Lead supervisor is underlined)

PML Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Paul Halloran (University of Exeter)
Dr Jane Mulcahy (Met Office)
 

Dr Tom Bell
tbeNoSpam@pml.ac.uk

 

From marine aerosol emissions to global climate change

Dr Mark van der Geizen (University of Exeter)
Dr Chris Chuck (University of Bath)

Dr Mike Allen
NoSpammija@pml.ac.uk

Valorising industrial waste streams and reducing pollution using microalgae

Dr Michiel Vos &
Prof Will Gaze (University of Exeter)
Prof Edward Feil (University of Bath)

Dr Ruth Airs
NoSpamruai@pml.ac.uk

The role of natural antimicrobials in selection for antibiotic resistance?


 

Dr Chunbo Luo (University of Exeter)
Dr Sam Lavender (Pixalytics)

Dr Stefan Simis 
NoSpamstsi@pml.ac.uk

 

Remote sensing and deep learning for early warning of water hazards (DeepWater)

Prof. Gabriel Yvon-Durocher,
Prof. Angus Buckling &
Dr. Chris Lowe (University of Exeter)
Anje-Margriet Neutel (British Antarctic Survey, BAS)

Dr Jorn Bruggeman 
jbr@pml.ac.uk
 

Ecological and evolutionary responses to global warming


EnvEast Partnership

External Supervisor/s (Lead supervisor is underlined)

PML Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Simon Ussher &
Dr Malcolm Nimmo (University of Plymouth)
Dr Alex Baker (University of East Anglia)

Dr Tom Bell
NoSpamtbe@pml.ac.uk

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

Dr Jonathan Todd &
Dr Jenny Pratscher (University of East Anglia)

Dr Ruth Airs
NoSpamruai@pml.ac.uk

Dr Frances Hopkins
fhop@pml.ac.uk

How important are marine bacteria in DMSP cycling?


 

Prof Carol Robinson &

Dr Martin Johnson (University of East Anglia)

 

Dr Gavin Tilstone
NoSpamghti@pml.ac.uk

How will climate change affect the production of CO2 by marine plankton


Spitfire

External Supervisor/s (Lead supervisor is underlined)

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Prof Meric Srokosz &
Dr Katya Popova (National Oceanography Centre)

 

Dr Graham Quartly
gquNoSpam@pml.ac.uk

Joining the dots: how are southwest Indian Ocean flows linked to the Agulhas Current?

Dr Phyllis Lam (University of Southampton)

Dr Andy Rees
NoSpamapre@pml.ac.uk 

Microbial nitrogen and carbon cycling in the twilight ocean:  Pinpointing the active processes with targeted proteomics approaches

 

How to apply

Applications need to be made through the relevant Doctoral Training Partnership:

GW4+
Spitfire
EnvEast