Senior Research Scientist - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences


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

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.


Applicants should submit the following as one assembled PDF to :

  • 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

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

30 November 2018
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