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. If you are interested in opportunities for internships at the Laboratory, please visit the Internships page within the Education section of our website.

Current Position Openings


Temporary Research Technician

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences seeks a Temporary Research Technician to perform laboratory research tasks within the Facility for Aquatic Cytometry and Poulton Laboratory.

This work will involve flow cytometric sample collection and processing, data analysis, and laboratory research tasks supporting both internal and external customers. Other duties include general facility maintenance including restocking supplies, instrument maintenance and cleaning labware.

BA or BS in the natural sciences is preferred. Strong organizational, multi-tasking and interpersonal skills as well as competence with Windows and Macintosh computer systems required. High level of self-confidence and independence is needed.

The position will begin Mid-May, 2019 and last for 15 weeks.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following using our online hiring portal.

  • A one-page cover letter describing interest in the position
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

For full consideration, the application should be received by April 30, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately thereafter. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions may be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Postdoctoral Research Scientist In Imaging Cytometry for Microbial Oceanography

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to lead integrated studies of the genomes and morphologies of individual microbial cells, which will use and contribute to the development of a novel, imaging flow cytometer, and its integration with droplet microfluidics. We are developing a next-generation fluorescence-activated cell sorter that will capture high-quality images and fluorescence action spectra of the sorted cells, which are subsequently subject to single cell genomics. This new technology will enable deeper insights into the composition and roles of uncultured microbial groups and provide the critical, missing link between the contemporary omics data sets and the long history of cell morphology-based plankton studies. The hired scientist will be co-advised by Drs. Poulton, Stepanauskas and Van den Engh and will be engaged in a research program that involves instrument development and validation, laboratory experiments, field studies and bioinformatics.

The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to an active professional training program and possibilities for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching. Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, which offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field, prior experience in environmental microbiology, and a demonstrated interest in optics and/or electrical engineering. 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.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Opportunities for fieldwork may be available but are not required. The position is offered for a period of two years. The position has an expected start date of July 1st, 2019, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following to our online application portal:

  • A cover letter that contains a statement of research interests
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

For full consideration, the application should be submitted by March 25, 2019; applications will be reviewed upon receipt. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions about this position can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.