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. 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:

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

For information on the specific projects PML scientists are supervising please see the information below.
Please note that the application process and deadlines differ between DTPs.

To hear more about the PhD research projects available at PML, meet with supervisors & current students, and join a virtual tour of the facilities, you can register for our PhD 'Hybrid' Open Day on Wednesday 17th November.

See what some of our past PhD students, now both Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows, did during their time at PML: 


The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows:

ARIES Partnership: PML led

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title (*co-funded by PML)

Dr Karen Tait (PML)

Prof William Blake (UoP)
Dr Andy Rees (PML) 
Dr Laura Cardenas (Rothamsted Research, Collaborative Partner)

Factors controlling microbial nitrogen cycling and nitrogen pollution from farm to coast

Dr James Clark (PML)

Prof Thomas Mock (UEA)
Prof Kevin Flynn (PML)
Claire Widdicombe (PML)

Understanding factors controlling the success of diatoms in temperate shelf sea environments

Dr Thomas Bell (PML)

Dr Ming-xi Yang (PML)
Dr Simon Ussher (UoP)
Dr Tomás Sherwen (NCAS, CASE)

How have major changes in marine atmospheric sulfur emissions influenced aerosol composition and acidity?


For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is the 12th January 2022.


The following tables hold 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. 

ARIES Partnership: PML co-supervised

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Simon Ussher (UoPlymouth) 

 

Dr Angela Milne (UoPlymouth)
Dr Will Homoky (UoLeeds)
Dr Giorgio Dall’olmo (PML)

Ocean eyes: Developing novel optical chemical measurements of trace elements

Dr Angela Milne (UoPlymouth)

Dr Susan Kimmance (PML)
Rachel Parsons (BIOS)

How do ship-emissions impact marine microbial communities in the North Atlantic Ocean?


For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is the 12th January 2022.

 

NERC GW4+ Partnership: PML Led

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Matthew Cole (PML)

Prof Pennie Lindeque (PML)
Prof Tamara Galloway (UoE)

From road to sea: exploring the biological effects of tyre particles in marine invertebrates

Dr Ana Queirós (PML)

Dr James Clark (PML)
Prof Brendan Godley (UoE)
Dr David March (UoE)
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli (ZSL, collaborative partner)

Climate and plastic refugia for ocean species

Dr Helen Findlay (PML)

Dr Ceri Lewis (UoE)
Dr Thomas Bell (PML)
Dr Ming-xi Yang (PML)

Autonomous technologies and the marine carbon cycle: Impacts of coastal processes on ocean acidification and blue carbon

Dr Mahasweta Saha (PML)

Dr Robert Brewin (UoE)
Dr Shuba Sathyendranath (PML)
Dr Craig Baker-Austin (CEFAS)
Prof Georg Pohnert (University of Jena, collaborative partner)

Investigating ‘cross-talk’ between pathogenic Vibrio and phytoplankton, and implications for human health under climate change.

Dr Karen Tait (PML)

Dr Adam Monier (UoE)
Dr Paul Somerfield (PML)
Claire Widdicombe (PML)

Phytoplankton as indicators of environmental change
 

Dr Ming-xi Yang (PML)

Dr Jo Browse (UoE)
Dr Thomas Bell (PML)
Malcolm Woodward (PML)

Ammonia (NH3) in the marine atmosphere and impact on aerosols

Dr Susan Kimmance (PML)

Prof Mike Allen (UoE)
Dr Felix Ciceron (PML)
Dr Adam Monier (UoE)

Deciphering microalgae-virus interactions

 

For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 10th January 2022.
 

NERC GW4+ Partnership: PML co-supervised

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr David Reynolds (UoE)

Prof James Scourse (UoE)
Prof Ian Hall (UoCardiff)
Dr Tim Smyth (PML)
Dr Clare Ostle (MBA)
Dr Louise McNeil (PML)

Establishing long-term baselines of marine variability in the Northwest European shelf seas

Fanny Monteiro (UoBristol)

Dr Oliver Andrews (UoBristol)
Dr Andy Rees (PML)

Exploring the future of the marine N2O cycle

Dr Anjan Dutta (UoE)

Dr James Clark (PML)
Elaine Fileman (PML)
Claire Widdicombe (PML)
Dr Nicolas Pugeault (UoGlasgow)

Machine learning with fewer labels for automatic plankton classification

Dr Antoine Buchard (UoBath)

Dr Matthew Cole (PML)
Prof Pennie Lindeque (PML)

Polymers from sugars: development of emerging sustainable plastics and investigation of their impact on the marine environment

Prathyush P Menon (UoE)

Dr Jozef Skakala (PML)
Gianmario Rinaldi (UoE)
Dr Stefano Ciavatta (PML)

Data enabled adaptive AUV sampling and statistical modelling for marine ecosystem monitoring and prediction
 

Dr Aditee Mitra (UoCardiff)

Elaine Fileman (PML)
Dr Glen Tarran (PML)
Prof Geraint Tarling (BAS)

To eat or not to eat? Planktonic predator-prey dynamics in a warming ocean.

 

For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 10th January 2022.


 

SWBio Partnership: PML led

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Susan Kimmance (PML)

Dr Adam Monier (UoE)
Dr Felix Ciceron (PML)
Dr Mike Allen (UoE)

Expression of recombinant antibodies in microalgae: from proof of concept to potential treatment for the aquaculture sector

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For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 6th December 2021.