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Environmental Economist


£29,520 - £34,927                                                                                             

Full time – Open Ended Appointment

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our ‘Sea and Society’ group to work with other economists, social scientists and environmental scientists. This group undertakes research on the consequences and benefits of the interactions between society and the marine environment to support sustainable and responsible ocean stewardship.

Oceans and seas are the least utilised regions on earth, but host a pool of resources that represent a new frontier for development and investment. The current annual global gross marine product totals at least US$2.5 trillion, which when ranked among national GDPs makes the oceans one of the world’s largest economies. To unlock the oceans’ value requires a significant and new knowledge base, from which thoughtful and innovative management and sustainable practices can emerge. This knowledge is what will lead to the investments in the blue economy required to sustain the human population of the 21st century.

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a dynamic, highly innovative, independent and impartial provider of research and advice relating to coasts and oceans, globally and locally. PML is an independent research business with charitable status and a NERC Collaborative Centre. Our Sea and Society group is one of the largest, dedicated marine social science groups in Europe and is at the forefront of marine ecosystem service research.  Researchers at PML collaborate externally with universities and research institutes across the UK and internationally such that PML has been an integral part of the UK’s strategic marine science capability for over 30 years.

The role will require the successful applicant to undertake high quality specialist environmental economics research, including supporting the delivery of existing projects and further developing your own portfolio of funded research.

Key Deliverables of the role:

  • To deliver environmental economics research related to currently funded projects
  • To continuously develop a portfolio of funded environmental economics research
  • To produce high quality publications
  • To ensure outreach, dissemination and impact of PML research

 Experience & Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be able to apply environmental economics techniques (e.g. stated preference and revealed preference methods) and have the ability to develop conceptual thinking regarding these methods, ideally, but not essentially, with some marine related experience
  • You will have experience in the design and execution of surveys, including pilot testing
  • You will be highly numerate and have competence in econometrics with experience in the analysis of environmental valuations techniques and demonstrable capability in use of statistical software for analysis of data and econometrics
  • You must have a PhD, or a minimum of 3 years postgraduate experience, in Environmental, Agricultural or Resource Economics or related subject
  • You will have excellent writing and communication skills with evidence of a track record in research publication and providing scientific advice to stakeholders
  • You will have very good experience in disseminating information at meetings, workshops, conference presentations, and internet based Skype conferencing

Initially you will work on existing projects include the NERC Valuing Nature Program CoastWEB (, which is researching the links between saltmarsh and human wellbeing; and the Norwegian POLARPROG funded  project, MARP3, which is investigating how the presence of marine plastics impacts the value of ecosystem services in the Arctic.

Closing date: 1700hrs 11th October 2016