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Ecosystem Services Scientist

Sea & Society 


Salary - Scientist Grade £32200/Senior Scientist Grade £40080 Dependent on Experience

Full Time, Open Ended Appointment 


Renowned internationally for its research excellence supporting a sustainable ocean, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) has an exciting opportunity for an Ecosystem Services Scientist to work with economists, social scientists and environmental scientists as a member of its ‘Sea and Society’ Area.  The role will require you to undertake high quality specialist ecosystem services research, in a highly interdisciplinary environment, including supporting the delivery of existing projects and further developing your own portfolio of funded research. Existing projects include the UKERC Energy, Environment and Landscapes project ( which is researching the environmental implications of the UK energy transition, and NERC funded DREAMS project,  which aims to develop a new understanding of how man-made structures, and different decommissioning strategies for them, influence the structure, functioning and dynamics of marine ecosystems and associated ecosystem services.

Key Deliverables of the role:

  • To deliver ecosystem services research related to currently funded projects
  • To continuously develop, and contribute to, a portfolio of funded ecosystem services research and the growth of interdisciplinary research in PML
  • to produce high quality publications and other associated outputs
  • to ensure outreach, dissemination and impact of PML research

Experience & Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be able apply an understanding of marine ecosystem structure and function to quantify changes in marine ecosystem services, for example following changes in marine planning, marine renewable energy implementation.
  • You will have the ability to develop conceptual thinking regarding ecosystem services research.
  • Experience in marine renewable energy is preferable but not essential
  • Clearly demonstrable capability in use of office IT
  • Have excellent writing skills for research papers and scientific advice to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate good dissemination skills at meetings, workshops, conference presentations, virtual conferencing

Closing Date: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Interviews: TBC October. If COVID restrictions are not lifted sufficiently, interviews will be held over video conferencing.