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


Research Technician (part time, temporary)

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory is seeking a temporary, part-time quantitative research technician position to assist with the development of models and forecasts for copepods and North Atlantic right whales. The work will involve managing multiple data streams, species distribution modeling, refining algorithm code, environmental data analysis, and communicating with stakeholders. The position will be based in East Boothbay, ME, and remote work will be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is for 2-3 months total, up to 6 months if funding allows.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific field that included quantitative and computational coursework
  • Knowledge of oceanography and marine ecology
  • Strong quantitative, coding, and data management skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and timelines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with multiple species distribution models
  • Experience modeling and predicting the distribution of the North Atlantic right whale
  • Knowledge of the oceanography and ecology of the Gulf of Maine
  • Experience in scientific writing/presentation on whale and zooplankton modeling in the Gulf of Maine
  • Familiarity with Bigelow Laboratory’s ocean forecasting system

Apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter to our online application portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews for the position will begin the week of April 13. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

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


Postdoctoral Researcher in Trace Metals

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist to study the accumulation of trace metal micronutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, nickel, copper, and cobalt by marine phytoplankton. The position will focus on two projects: analyses of single-cell samples collected from the BATS site as part of the BAIT program (NSF award: NSFGEO-NERC: Collaborative Research: Using Time-series Field Observations to Constrain an Ocean Iron Model), and experiments with cultured phytoplankton and natural samples to adapt high-speed sorting flow cytometry to isolate phytoplankton for subsequent trace metal analysis. There will also likely be opportunities for field work on upcoming cruises.

The position is a full-time, 2-year appointment. Work will be based at Bigelow Laboratory's campus in East Boothbay, Maine (www.bigelow.org) but may include opportunities for participation in a research cruise, as well as travel to national laboratory facilities for synchrotron-based analyses. Annual salary is negotiable based on experience.

Requirements

Minimum requirements are a PhD in marine science, oceanography, or related field. Preferred qualifications include an ability and interest to work across biological and chemical disciplines, culture marine microorganisms, and conduct biogeochemical research using trace-metal clean techniques. Knowledge of ICP-MS, synchrotron techniques, and/or sorting flow cytometry methods is also desired. The preferred candidate will have published (or submitted) their dissertation chapters in peer-reviewed journals.

Apply

Submit a CV, brief description of research interests, and contact information for three references on our online application portal. For full consideration, the application should be received by May 15, 2020; the position will remain open until it is filled. Please contact jobs@bigelow.org with any questions regarding this position.

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


Project Coordinator

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences seeks an experienced administrative professional for the role of Project Coordinator. The selected candidate will assist the Antimethanogenesis project manager with organizing and controlling all administrative aspects of the project through coordination of meetings, resources, equipment, and information. Read more about the exciting research here: Scientists Use New Grant to Benefit Climate, Cows.

The duties will include research project coordination, financial tracking and progress reporting, team communication and coordination, personnel assistance, and administrative support. This position is funded for a period of two years.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, with a science background preferred, along with 3-5 years of relevant administrative experience
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Experience with documentation and project management tools, including G-suite and Zoom
  • Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines

Apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter to our online application portal, along with contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews for the position will begin the week of April 6. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

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


Safety Officer / Senior Research Associate

Minimum Qualifications

A BS with at least ten years of experience or MS with three or more years of experience (MS strongly preferred) in a field of biological, chemical, or other physical or environmental sciences.

Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of general laboratory practice, including safe handling of acids, bases, oxidizers, and toxic chemicals.

At least five years of hands-on experience in a laboratory (and preferably also field) setting, preferably with explicit experience in biological or chemical sciences.

Strong oral and written skills, including documentation of daily activities and implementation of good laboratory recordkeeping practices.

Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills; high level of self-confidence and independence; ability to develop and enforce laboratory safety guidelines.

Apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a brief (no more than two page) letter articulating their qualifications to our online application portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until March 27. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

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


Research Technician

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (www.bigelow.org) is seeking a Research Technician interested in performing chemical and biological analyses for a variety of projects providing information to researchers, industry, and government. The candidate should be willing to carry out high-quality analytical procedures on a variety of instruments, including elemental analysis, seawater nutrient analysis, and gas and liquid chromatography (GC, GC-MS, LC-MS/MS). An interest in studying the biology and chemistry of seaweeds, microalgae, and microbial systems, as well as converting that knowledge to environmental and commercial applications, is required. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-reliant, meticulous analyst to participate in laboratory and field experiments, who is able to interpret and report results.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a BS degree, including 1+ years of demonstrated experience with analytical instrumentation; or equivalent qualifications. Fieldwork experience on coasts and/or with small boats would be ideal. The ability to multi-task and remain highly organized is a must. This is a full-time position initially for 2 years, with the possibility of extension dependent upon funding.

Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two referees, online by March 16th for full consideration. A Selection Committee comprised of Drs. Archer, Emerson, and Price will review and interview candidates after that date. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 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.