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 in Microbial Ecology

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the Emerson lab to take part in a study of iron-cycling in the Arctic tundra. The primary goal of this project is to better understand microbial communities associated with iron-oxidation and reduction in the permafrost active layer. Specifically we will address how biogenic iron oxides impact the carbon cycle principally through interactions with methane production and consumption. The work will combine cultivation-independent field approaches with mesocosm studies conducted in the laboratory. The data acquired will also be used in modeling efforts to gain a better understanding of ecosystem processes related to microbial iron metabolism and methane production.

Candidates should have strong microbial ecology skills with a demonstrated ability for field and/or laboratory work; experience with, or a willingness to learn a programming language such as R or Matlab is a plus. The project will involve extended stays at the Toolik Field Station, a remote field station on Alaska’s north slope. The candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs. of gear, and be capable of extended hikes in difficult terrain. This is a two-year position with possibility of extension for a third year. Candidates with an interest in making a career of Arctic-related microbiology are encouraged to apply.

Apply

To apply, please send CV and a statement of interest, along with the contact information for three references by using this link. Consideration of candidates will begin October 10th; start dates will need to be several months prior to the 2019 field season.

Please email jobs@bigelow.org with general questions about careers at Bigelow Laboratory or the application process.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Advancement Officer

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking an Advancement Officer 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 full-time position requires working in the East Boothbay office, working occasional evening events, and involves light travel.

A Bachelor’s degree with minimum one year experience in a Development 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; an interest in learning about scientific research and describing Bigelow’s work to the public and to potential funders; proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; and database management experience are necessary. Raiser’s Edge, prospect research, 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

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and contact information for three references by using this link.

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 9. 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 Environmental Chemistry

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a creative, productive, and self-motivated individual for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position to perform research in environmental chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Christoph Aeppli. The primary goal of this NSF-funded project is to determine the photochemical fate of chlorinated paraffins in surface waters containing dissolved organic matter. The project will involve laboratory irradiation experiments, cutting-edge analytical techniques, and computational chemistry.

Detailed knowledge in aquatic photochemistry or the analysis of chlorinated paraffins is desired. Scientific rigor and curiosity, strong organizational skills, and the ability to publish high-quality research in peer-reviewed journals are necessary.

The position is offered for a period of two years with a preferred start date of January 1, 2019. Candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry (e.g., environmental chemistry, photochemistry, analytical chemistry), environmental sciences, or related fields by the start date.

Bigelow Laboratory offers a nurturing scientific community, has an active professional training program for its 15 to 20 postdocs, and the possibility for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching through a collaboration with Colby College. Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, which offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing. East Boothbay is within a 75-minute drive of Portland, ME, 2.5h of Acadia National Park, and 3h of Boston.

Apply

To apply, please submit the following by using this link:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate's main scientific achievements, current research interests, and career aspirations.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three references.

For full consideration, the application should be received by October 1, 2018, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. Please contact Dr. Christoph Aeppli at caeppli@bigelow.org with specific questions regarding this position; or email jobs@bigelow.org with general questions about careers at Bigelow Laboratory or the application process.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Research Technician for the NCMA

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is looking for a highly motivated, results-oriented individual to join the team at the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) . The research position will involve the phase II commercial development of a proprietary algal growth technology. The project will also involve learning basic algal culturing techniques in support of the technological development.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry, engineering, or a closely related field, as well as demonstrable practical experience in these areas. Highly desired skills are strong organization and communication skills, integrity and attention to detail, knowledge and practical experience using computers, basic electrical, and/or chemical engineering skills, and use of online search engines in the realm of commercialization. A must for this position is reliability and the ability to maintain confidence given the nature of this project.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. This position is a 12-month position, but may be extended based upon successful progress and availability of funds.

Apply

To apply, please submit the following by September 15 using this link:

  • Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, and Contact information for three references
  • Up to a two page statement outlining candidate's interest and relevant experience to the position as described above, and how research at Bigelow Laboratory would relate to career goals

Review of applicants will begin September 1st and proceed until the position is filled. Questions about this position can be referred to jobs@bigelow.org .

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Orcutt. The research will involve study of the marine deep biosphere, focusing on the use of subseafloor observatories to study microbial processes in the subsurface oceanic crust on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. The project will involve the possibility to be involved in single-cell based analytical techniques and/or poised potential experiments to examine microbial diversity and activity in the crustal subsurface.

Highly successful candidates would have experience with environmental science, microbiology, or biogeochemistry, with working knowledge of molecular biology techniques (such as DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and/or bioinformatics), microscopy, or electrochemistry techniques considered as highly desirable. Applicants must have at least a Ph.D. in marine sciences, oceanography, environmental microbiology or similar field with a proven publication record. Experience with project management or fieldwork also desired. Proficiency in computer programs for word processing and data entry are a must, as well as good written and oral communication skills.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. At least one opportunity for ocean-going field work is expected in Spring 2019, and other opportunities may be available. The position is offered for a period of two years. The position has an expected start date of January 1, 2019, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has an active postdoctoral education program, including a postdoctoral education and ethics training program. Postdoctoral researchers are also encouraged to participate in Laboratory-wide educational and outreach programs. Please see the following page on this website for more information.

Apply

To apply, please submit the following by September 1 using this link:

  • Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, and Contact information for three references
  • Two page research statement outlining candidate's interest in the deep biosphere and how research at Bigelow Laboratory would relate to career goals

Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.

Questions about this position can be referred to jobs@bigelow.org .

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.