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Marine Science PhD Studentship

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
20 February 2012
Ms V Barlow
Biology, Earth, Environment & Energy

Further information

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a multidisciplinary, internationally renowned, strategic marine research centre. PhD studentships are offered annually to highly motivated graduates who are committed to developing their scientific career at PML. These studentships are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Marine Science PhD Studentship

For the 2012 intake PML has an opening for a PhD project to contribute to one of its areas of research excellence: Earth observation and remote sensing, biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity and molecular science, marine ecosystem modelling, and socio-economics of ecosystem goods and services. PML’s expertise, knowledge and facilities are used to address key environmental issues, such as global environmental change, sustainable development and human impacts on marine ecosystems. In addition, PML co-ordinates two long-term observation projects: the Western Channel Observatory ( and the Atlantic Meridional Transect programme (, providing contextual information to it’s PhD programme.

PML has strong affiliations to, and excellent collaborations with many UK universities. You will be registered with an appropriate university and co-supervised by PML and the relevant University. For further information about PML please refer to

Project Proposals Titles

1. Calanus helgolandicus: a model species for predicting the effects of climate change
Queen Mary, University of London; PML Supervisors: Angus Atkinson and Pennie Lindeque

2. Improving marine ecosystem predictions using a novel data-assimilation method
University of Reading; PML Supervisors: Stefano Ciavatta and Ricardo Torres

3. Novel climate-relevant trace gases in seawater.
University of York; PML Supervisors: Phil Nightingale and Rachel Beale

4. Remote sensing of long-term changes in phytoplankton biomass and community structure in the global ocean, in relation to climate change
University of Oxford; PML Supervisors: Shubha Sathyendranath and Bob Brewin


You must have, or expect to obtain, a good honours degree in relevant subjects and preferably some form of post-graduate training or relevant experience. You must meet the eligibility criteria, specified by NERC, please refer to:
If you do not qualify for full NERC funding you will need to prove you can secure additional funding to support your application before inclusion in the selection process.
At PML you will benefit from access to 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.

How to apply:

For full project details and how to apply please contact: Ms V Barlow, Human Resources, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth, PL1 3DH. Quoting reference: PhD/1215/NERC.

T: +44 (0)1752 633100; E: 

The application deadline is 1200hrs Thursday 29th March 2012, interviews will take place on 3rd May 2012.

For more information and to apply please click on the "Find Out More" button below

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

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