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


Advancement Assistant

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a part-time Advancement Assistant to provide administrative support to Bigelow Laboratory’s development team. Responsibilities include: coordinating fundraising mailings and donor acknowledgements, database management and ensuring consistent record-keeping, event planning and management, prospect research, donor relations assistance, and other fundraising support activities. The successful candidate will have a basic understanding of charitable giving and standard development office procedures. This part-time position requires working in the East Boothbay office for 25 hours per week, working occasional evening or weekend events, and involves light travel.

A minimum of one year experience in an office support position is required. Effective written and verbal communication skills; a professional, friendly demeanor and strong customer service skills; the ability to manage complex projects independently; and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and database management experience are necessary. Raiser’s Edge, event planning, and email marketing platform experience preferred.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a nonprofit research institution with a mission to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. What we are learning will be essential to the conservation and responsible use of the ocean and the many valuable services it provides. The Laboratory's 60,000 square-foot, shore-based campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, on the Damariscotta River estuary. The campus became the first LEED Platinum certified laboratory in Maine and is one of only seven in the New England area. The Laboratory has been rated one of the top 10 places to work in Maine. Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, awarded Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences a 4-star rating, its top distinction.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following 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, applications should be received by March 24, 2019. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Questions about the position can be directed 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.


Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Genomics

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study planetary-scale interactions among the evolutionary, biogeochemical and biogeographic processes of marine bacterioplankton, taking advantage of a unique, massive dataset of single cell genomes. The hired scientist will join Dr. Stepanauskas’ research group and will be engaged in collaborations with Dr. Penny Chisholm’s group (MIT) and other partners. The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to an active professional training program and possibilities for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching.

Candidates must have either a PhD degree or a PhD ABD in a relevant field and demonstrated experience in microbial genomics, environmental microbiology and evolutionary biology. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial.

The position is offered for a period of two years. We want to fill this position as soon as possible, but the start date may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience. Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus is located in scenic Midcoast Maine where you can enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing. Bigelow Laboratory provides assistance with relocation and connecting with area amenities and services.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following to our online application portal by February 11, 2019:

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

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Questions about this position can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.