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


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.


Research Technician - Temporary (Entry Level)

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites applications for a temporary entry-level Research Technician. The Laboratory was established in 1974 and is located on the coast of East Boothbay, Maine, USA, in a modern, LEED-certified research and education campus. Bigelow Laboratory is a leading oceanographic institution with the mission to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. For additional details see our About page.

This position is to support a research program in marine environmental chemistry by conducting tasks including method optimization, sample preparation, sample analysis and data evaluation.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. After a training period, applicants should be able perform tasks including method optimization, sample preparation, sample analysis and data evaluation. Previous experience in using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis and petroleum analysis is beneficial. The position is full time and funded for 6 months.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following to our online application 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 submitted by February 8, 2019; applications will be reviewed upon receipt. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Biochemistry

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to complement the mission of our non-profit research institution. The Laboratory was established in 1974 and is located on the coast of East Boothbay, Maine, USA, in a modern, LEED-certified research and education campus. Bigelow Laboratory is a leading oceanographic institution with the mission to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. For additional details see our About page.

This position will apply research on enzyme-based halogenation processes in macro- or microalgae to a globally significant environmental issue. You will isolate an ideal algal enzyme, from a suite of potential candidates that can be used along with associated substrates, in an industrial application to inhibit a key microbial process. We consider this research to be commercially valuable and so it will combine applied 'non-disclosure' aspects with pure, publishable research investigations. You will need to be familiar with aspects of enzymology including extraction and purification, reaction kinetics, and linking enzyme activity to functional control through genomic and transcriptomic approaches. The position may be responsible for supervising a technician and undergraduate research students.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or Microbiology.
  • Research experience in the biochemistry of enzyme processes, ideally of halogenation mechanisms.
  • Experience with heterologous gene expression.
  • Strong oral and written skills as demonstrated by a record of publication including a Ph.D. dissertation.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct independent laboratory experiments to examine microbial processes in coordination with funded research under the supervision of Drs. Steve Archer and José A. Fernández Robledo. This research includes enzyme purification and characterizations; application of enzymatic reactions to address an industrial process; mining microbial and eukaryotic genomes and RNA-Seq; cloning and expression of genes using heterologous expression systems.
  • Analyze and synthesize data and write manuscripts for publication on these experiments.
  • Other: participate in fieldwork, professional development activities, laboratory meetings, conferences, and mentoring students and technical staff.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following to our online application 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 submitted by February 4, 2019; applications will be reviewed upon receipt. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Research Technician and Resident Assistant

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites applications for a Research Technician and Resident Assistant. The Laboratory was established in 1974 and is located on the coast of East Boothbay, Maine, USA, in a modern, LEED-certified research and education campus. Bigelow Laboratory is a leading oceanographic institution with the mission to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. For additional details see our About page.

This position will be approximately 60% research in the laboratory and 40% support in the residence hall for a duration not to exceed 12 weeks. The research will support the mission of Bigelow to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. The residence support will include daily engagement with a student population ranging from 20-30 participants in Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ summer undergraduate program. The program runs from May 28 through August 2, 2019; the position will begin shortly before the program and end in conjunction with the program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Associate’s degree in Science
  • Familiarity with basic research techniques and microbial oceanography
  • Strong communication and leadership skills, including active listening and ability to mediate
  • Be outgoing with a desire to interact with a diverse student population
  • Experience in research focus areas as described in position purpose is preferred
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends. Must live on campus and abide by the residence policies.

Responsibilities

  • Support the basic research of the Senior Research Scientist that will serve as science supervisor
  • Maintain regular engagement with the residents and all interns in the summer program by being available three evenings a week, including one weekend evening, to have dinner in the Galley, chat informally, and be available for private conversations with residents, for a period of approximately three hours each evening
  • Participate in intern activities and residential life events
  • Maintain open communication with education team members on residence and intern issues and concerns
  • Enter information into a log that is shared with education staff
  • Meet weekly with education staff to debrief
  • Ensure residence hall is kept to general cleanliness standards and implement a weekly cleaning rotation (education staff can help with weekly assignments and list of chores)
  • Provide feedback to students on cleanliness levels

Apply

Applicants should submit the following to our online application 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 January 25, 2019; review of applications will begin immediately thereafter. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Senior Research Scientist

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites applications for a Senior Research Scientist (SRS) position to complement the mission of our non-profit research institution. The Laboratory was established in 1974 and is located on the coast of East Boothbay, Maine, USA, in a modern, LEED-certified research and education campus. Bigelow Laboratory is a leading oceanographic institution with the mission to investigate the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. For additional details see our About page.

Successful SRS candidates are expected to lead transformative, interdisciplinary research that aligns with, and expands, our research mission. Targeted research areas for this position are in any of the following research themes: (1) ocean microbiome, (2) ocean biogeochemistry, and (3) ocean health. Cross-cutting themes for these positions include human impacts, foundations of marine food webs and climate change.

Bigelow Laboratory has unique capabilities and core facilities for cutting-edge research in marine and microbial studies, including the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA); the J.J. MacIsacc Facility for Aquatic Cytometry; the Single Cell Genomics Center (SCGC); Bigelow Analytical Services; a research greenhouse; an indoor multi-tank mesocosm facility; confocal and scanning electron microscopy facilities; the Center for Seafood Solutions; and a high-performance computing cluster.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and demonstrated capability to acquire external funding and lead scientific programs. We will consider candidates at all levels of their career progression. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a “soft money” institution where SRSs are given the freedom to pursue their own funded research and entrepreneurial portfolio that advances the institutional mission. SRSs also have the opportunity to participate in the Laboratory’s sponsored education activities, such as our partnership with Colby College and an NSF REU internship program. SRSs are institutionally supported to engage in governance and administrative activities associated with the laboratory’s unique operational model. Salary and start-up packages are negotiable. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences provides a generous benefits package including family medical and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Apply

Applicants should submit the following as one assembled PDF to jobs@bigelow.org:

  • A one-page cover letter describing interest in the position
  • ≤ 3-page statement that outlines the applicant’s research interests and connection to Bigelow’s mission and target areas
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

For full consideration, the application should be received by 30 November 2018; review of applications will begin immediately thereafter. All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. The search will continue until the positions are filled but the goal is to have this position filled by summer 2019. Questions can be sent to jobs@bigelow.org.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.