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

Facilities Assistant


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is looking for a dependable person to work part-time (15-20 hours/week) in the Facilities Department. This is a temporary, seasonal position with the potential to extend for the right candidate.

Duties will include cleaning offices and laboratories, gardening, and other tasks as capabilities are proven. The qualified candidate must be able to lift 50 pounds, have a valid driver’s license, and will be subject to a background check.


To apply, please send your résumé, a cover letter, and contact information for three references to, and reference FACILITIES ASSISTANT in the subject line or apply using our online hiring portal. You may also drop off a hard copy of your application at our reception desk in East Boothbay. Review of applications will begin immediately, with the position to begin on August 1st.

Research Associate – Zooplankton Ecology Laboratory


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences seeks a Research Associate to perform laboratory research tasks within Dr. David Fields’ zooplankton ecology laboratory.

This work will involve invertebrate sample collection and processing, data analysis, and laboratory research tasks. The applicant must be familiar with invertebrate identification, animal husbandry (lobster and copepods) and the maintenance of algal food stocks. The applicant will be familiar with basic animal physiology and willing to learn basic neurophysiology. The applicant will need to be comfortable on boats and willing to travel domestically and overseas. Other duties include general laboratory maintenance including restocking supplies and instrument maintenance.

An MSc in the aquatic sciences is preferred; or a BS/BA with 3 years related experience accepted. Strong organizational, multi-tasking and interpersonal skills as well as competence with Windows computer systems required. High level of self-confidence and independence is needed.

The position will begin September 1, 2019 and last for a minimum of 2 years.

About Bigelow Laboratory

Our mission is 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. We are located in the charming coastal village of East Boothbay, a part of the region of Midcoast Maine that is known for its world-class sailing, state parks, wildlife, food scene, and picturesque islands.


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 July 29, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately thereafter. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions may be sent to

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.