Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer.

Openings for scientific and support staff positions at the Laboratory are posted on this page as they become available.

Current Position Openings

Postdoctoral Researcher


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position in the laboratory of Dr. John A. Burns.

Position Details

Research will be focused on cell and molecular biology in marine and freshwater protists. Current projects include: 1) Biomineralization and symbioses in the eukaryotic supergroup Rhizaria, including testate amoebae and Radiolaria; 2) Nutritional and immune aspects of a salamander-alga endosymbiosis; and 3) Imaging of phagotrophy related processes and genes across eukaryote diversity. Desired skills include any combination of the following wet-lab skills: animal cell or protist cell culture; experience designing and performing qPCR assays; fluorescence microscopy including live cell time course imaging and immunofluorescence imaging; experience with transgenics in model or non-model organisms including plasmid design and construction, and transfection and/or experience with CRISPR/CAS transformation; experience preparing and handling RNA for qRT-PCR or whole transcriptome analysis; experience preparing and running protein gels and western blots.

There will be opportunities for international collaboration and travel, pursuit of independent funding, and for training in bioinformatics for transcriptomic and comparative genomic analyses if desired. The exact postdoctoral project will depend on personal interest, incoming skills, and desired skills.


Research will be conducted primarily at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. The position is offered for a period of two years. The position has an expected start date by January 1, 2020, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial. All offers of employment are contingent upon positive results of a background check.

Due to the rural location of the institute, it is recommended that the candidate be comfortable driving and have a driver's license (an international driver's license is ok).


Please submit the following using our online job portal:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

In the cover letter, please address: 1) One of the three indicated projects and how your skills will advance research in that area in two or more paragraphs and 2) How research at Bigelow Laboratory would relate to career goals. Please keep the cover letter to a maximum of 2 full pages.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.

About Midcoast Maine

Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, perfectly situated to provide access to the very best Maine has to offer. Within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. Our peninsula is home to fishermen and sea captains, marine biologists, nature lovers, botanists and gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more. Learn more about the Boothbay Harbor Region here.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.