Career Opportunities

At Bigelow Laboratory, we have a big mission: to use our ocean discoveries to improve the future for all life on our planet. In order to carry that out, we need the best minds working together to explore the answers we seek. Entrepreneurial thinking, passion, resourcefulness, creativity, accountability, and transparency are all essential to our unique approach.

We believe that the greatest asset of our independent research institute is our people. We are an equal opportunity employer, acknowledging that a diversity of individuals and ideas offers dividends to strengthen our work. We promote a culture of mutual respect and responsibility, grounded in honest and open communication. We believe that every person, in every position, should have opportunities to continually learn, improve, and innovate.

Our work spans from the Arctic to the Antarctic, but our laboratory is located in East Boothbay, Maine, USA. Life in the Midcoast region of Maine is full of awe-inspiring coastline, friendly towns, and plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore all year long. There are nearby amenities, and the city of Portland is just a little over an hour away.

If you are interested in joining us, we encourage you to apply to one of our open positions below. And if you are seeking more information about a position or need to request an accommodation, please contact us at or (207) 315-0176, ext. 107.

Current Position Openings

Facilities Assistant

Research Associate

Assistant/Associate Microalgae Curator

Vice President for Research

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Research (VPR). The VPR directs and guides the strategy and operations for the institution’s research and innovation. They provide administrative support, research guidance, and constructive counsel on research and proposal strategy to scientists at Bigelow to foster individual and institutional excellence.

The VPR serves as the Authorized Organizational Representative and Chief Compliance Officer to ensure the Laboratory’s commitment to compliance. The VPR works closely with the executive team: President & CEO, Vice President for Education, Vice President for Strategic Alliances and Advancement, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Human Resources, Chief Communications Officer, and Chief of Staff, as well as the IT and Facilities departments. The ability for an individual to serve as both VPR and maintain an independent research program will be considered.

The position will remain open until filled. For initial consideration, materials should be received by January 1, 2023. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to president and CEO Deborah Bronk or to

Read the full leadership profile here.
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