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


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 https://www.bigelow.org/about/.

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.


Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Single Cell Genome-to-Phenome Studies of Environmental Microorganisms

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to lead studies that tie cell-specific genome data to expressed functions (genome to phenome) such that rates of environmental processes can be coupled to specific microbial lineages. This work integrates cutting-edge approaches in field studies of marine and continental microbiomes, laboratory experimentation and bioinformatics. The primary focus of position #1, co-advised by Drs. Stepanauskas and Poulton, will be on the studies of marine bacterioplankton and the integration of flow cytometry and genomics of individual cells. The primary focus of position #2, co-advised by Drs. Orcutt and Emerson, will be on studies of the deep biosphere and the calibration of single cell activity and physiology measurements using laboratory cultures. Both hired scientists will be engaged in a collaborative, multi-institutional project that also includes the University of New Hampshire and the Desert Research Institute. The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to an active professional training program and possibilities for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching. Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in scenic Midcoast Maine offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field and prior experience in environmental microbiology and genomics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Opportunities for fieldwork may be available but are not required. The positions are offered for a period of three years. The positions have an expected start date of January 1, 2019, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Apply

Please submit a CV and a cover letter that contains a statement of research interests and contact information for three references by November 1, 2018.

For position #1 (marine bacterioplankton and the integration of flow cytometry and genomics of individual cells), please use this link to apply.

For position #2 (deep biosphere and the calibration of single cell activity and physiology measurements using laboratory cultures), please use this link to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Questions about these positions can be referred to jobs@bigelow.org .

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.