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Digital technologies are transforming marine science.

Could you be part of an ambitious team seeking to harness the full potential of AI, machine learning and autonomy in support of a sustainable ocean future?

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a world-leading marine research charity, committed to the pursuit of research excellence to support our vision of a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Working with a broad range of partners internationally through research projects and wider initiatives, we combine observational, experimental and modelling activity to provide a greater understanding of the dynamic and complex marine environment and inform knowledge-based solutions. Our papers are amongst the top 1% of the most-cited environmental science papers in the world and we have a track record of delivering meaningful, impactful science which has helped shape UK and international policy on critical subjects such as climate change, marine plastics and biodiversity.

The sheer volume, complexity and pace of the data that our scientists are now working with means traditional research methods are rapidly becoming overwhelmed. As such, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and autonomy are emerging as important research tools, with the potential to be applied across many aspects of our work and unlock exciting opportunities to expand the horizons of marine research.

With that in mind, we are seeking to recruit the following positions:

Merit / Senior Scientists

Salary £40k - £60K pa   higher salaries are possible depending on experience

We are looking for biogeochemists, ecologists and social scientists with digital skills to help drive PML’s digital strategy forward. Using digital technologies and advanced techniques to carry out and publish world-class marine environmental and social interdisciplinary research you will inform some of the most significant global environmental challenges while helping to build knowledge across the organisation.

As an innovative, technically-proficient and established researcher you will take the lead in securing grant funding, managing projects and collaborating across specialisms, supported by the unique skillsets and facilities at PML.

Your creative application of the very latest digital science techniques to address key environmental and social questions will help grow PML’s external reputation as a leader in this rapidly-evolving area.

Essential requirements:

  • an established research career, with a proven track record of high quality publications and evidence of significant impact
  • proficiency in working with large datasets or synthesis within your research, using a range of coding, data formatting and manipulation techniques
  • ability to lead research collaboratively across specialisms, together with project and financial management experience
  • a track record of securing research funding
  • experience of conducting social or natural science within an interdisciplinary setting.

To discuss the role in more detail please contact Steve Widdicombe,

As part of Plymouth Marine Laboratory's 20th Anniversary of becoming an independent organisation with charitable status (2002-2022) we asked PML people why they enjoy working at PML and what makes it special - 

PML is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and our policy can be found here: We are proud to have achieved the Athena SWAN award as recognition of our achievements in gender equality. As part of this, we offer opportunities to discuss flexible working and whilst the selection process will be based on merit, we particularly welcome applications from female candidates, currently underrepresented.