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 in Harmful Algal Blooms and 'Maine-eDNA'

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to study the ecology and dynamics of harmful algal bloom (HAB) species in Maine’s marine and freshwater habitats along the coast of Maine. The work will utilize environmental DNA (eDNA) based detection of HAB species, blended with geospatial, toxin, and biogeochemical data, to reveal the role of environmental factors in the process of HAB formation and recovery to pre-bloom conditions. Research questions will address the diversity, distribution, and abundance of HABs, their ecological linkages within microbial networks, and their impacts on the diversity and composition of the plankton community. Broader goals include utilizing these data to investigate the susceptibility (or resilience) of aquatic ecosystems to HAB development with the ultimate goal of developing better forecasting models for HAB outbreaks. This position will provide opportunities for the postdoctoral researcher to collaborate with a diverse array of Maine-eDNA colleagues on the analysis of ‘big data’ via bioinformatics, machine learning and ecosystem modeling. It is expected that the postdoctoral researcher will facilitate linkages among several other eDNA-based research projects at Bigelow Laboratory by serving as a source of knowledge and expertise on eDNA-related topics. The successful candidate will contribute to outreach and training efforts for stakeholder groups and citizen scientists on the topics of eDNA and HABs.

Position Details

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct all aspects of research in support of the Maine-eDNA Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) project in coordination with the primary postdoctoral supervisor. Ability to follow project protocols as well as develop innovative solutions for the analysis of eDNA is required. It is expected that there will be numerous opportunities for the postdoctoral researcher to develop, lead and co-author manuscripts for publication in the primary research literature. The successful candidate will play a key role in communicating the science of Maine-eDNA at regional and national meetings.

The postdoctoral researcher may share supervisory responsibilities with Maine-eDNA project leaders for volunteers, interns, undergraduate researchers over the course of the appointment. Close collaboration with Maine-eDNA graduate students will be encouraged.

This position requires the successful candidate to work periodically from small boats on Maine’s coastal waters and lakes. Such work may include lifting and moving heavy field gear and samples. Fieldwork and related activities may require occasional work past normal business hours.

Maine-eDNA is a multi-institutional project that aims to advance both ecological understanding of coastal macrosystems and the inference capacities of environmental DNA (eDNA) science needed to translate knowledge into action. Please see https://umaine.edu/edna/ for more information.

Requirements

  • PhD in Biological Oceanography, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Phycology, or a related field
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of quantitative PCR (qPCR), DNA metabarcoding, and bioinformatics pipelines to interpret metabarcode data (e.g., mothur, QIIME, dada2)
  • Experience with DNA and/or RNA extraction techniques as well as designing and testing oligonucleotide primers for use in qPCR and/or metabarcoding is highly desirable
  • Specialized computational skills including knowledge of R and/or Python will be considered
  • Familiarity with algal isolation, cultivation, and maintenance techniques

Apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin after February 7, 2020 with the expectation that the successful candidate will be available in March of 2020.

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.


Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Ecology

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral marine ecologist interested in applying research on determining the phytoremediation potential by farmed macroalgae species. Experience in aspects of carbon uptake during photosynthesis, quantifying seawater carbonate chemistry, measuring net primary productivity, and linking irradiance and water flow to primary production potential would be a definite benefit. The postdoc would work with existing experimental in situ and lab-based data sets for hypothesis testing and biogeochemical modeling and continue ongoing field operations. Our aim is to identify the conditions under which co-cultivation of blue mussels and farmed kelp is mutually beneficial and can mitigate stresses from coastal acidification. This position is initially funded for 1 year and will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration, pursuit of independent funding, and training in molecular-based approaches to determine fate of kelp detritus if desired.

Position Details

The postdoc would work with existing experimental in situ and lab-based data sets for hypothesis testing and biogeochemical modeling. Our aim is to identify the conditions under which co-cultivation of blue mussels and farmed kelp is mutually beneficial and can mitigate stresses from coastal acidification. This position will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration, pursuit of independent funding, and training in using genetic-based approaches to determine fate of kelp detritus if desired. This position will supervise a technician and undergraduate students. The main duties would be statistical analyses and biogeochemical modeling and manuscript preparation.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry, Global Change Biology, Benthic Marine Ecology or Phycology
  • Knowledge and understanding of biogeochemistry of calcification/dissolution and photosynthesis/respiration in seawater and modeling of these processes
  • Experience with macroalgae and/or mussel cultivation, husbandry, and processing
  • Strong oral and written skills, demonstrated publication record, ability to work in a cross-institutional team

Apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin February 24, 2020 with expectation candidate will be available in April of 2020.

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 is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Postdoctoral Researcher in Phycology

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is Seeking a postdoctoral phycologist interested in researching the biochemical composition and optimized cultivation techniques for macroalgae species. Our aim is to identify promising macroalgae to be used as livestock feeds in order to develop new markets for macroalgal culture and provide key solutions to agriculture that include boosting animal and/or soil health and reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emission footprint. An important aspect of soil health improvement is related to carbon sequestration. In addition, we are interested in the capacity of algal products to suppress enteric methane emissions in ruminants. Experience in any of the following would be a definite benefit: aspects of nutrient uptake, allelochemical and antimicrobial defense, environmental stress tolerance, reactive oxygen regulation and secondary metabolite production. This position is initially funded for 2 years. It will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration across the northeast U.S. region with academic, non-profit, and commercial entities and pursuit of independent funding.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology, Phycology, Benthic Marine Ecology or a related field
  • Knowledge of algal biochemistry and physiology
  • Experience with macroalgae cultivation, husbandry, and processing would be a plus
  • Strong oral and written skills, demonstrated publication record, ability to work in a cross-institutional team

Apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin February 24, 2020 with expectation candidate will be available in April of 2020.

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 is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.