Senior Research Scientists – Bigelow Laboratory

OverviewBigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences invites applications for Senior Research Scientists (SRSs). Bigelow Laboratory is a leading oceanographic institution that studies the foundation of global ocean health and uses its discoveries to improve the future for life on our planet. Bigelow Laboratory is an inclusive community of scientists from around the world that welcomes and supports diverse opinions and cultures, where SRSs play a major role in institutional governance. 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.

Our new strategic plan calls for hiring six new SRSs over the next five years to lead transformative, interdisciplinary research that advances Bigelow Laboratory’s mission. We seek candidates in the following, broad research areas: (1) the ocean’s genetic potential, (2) ocean-climate interactions, and (3) the foundation of ocean food webs. Particularly encouraged are applicants who increase the breadth of the Laboratory’s scientific portfolio and approaches, including those on the periphery of marine sciences.

Bigelow Laboratory has unique resources and facilities for advanced research, including the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, the Single Cell Genomics Center, the Center for Aquatic Cytometry, the Center for Seafood Solutions, the Bigelow Analytical Services Center, the new Center for Algal Innovation, a high-performance computing cluster, an indoor multi-tank mesocosm facility, facilities for microscopy, a coastal research vessel and dive program, and a research greenhouse for algal cultivation. We also have two emerging initiatives, Big Data Discovery and Water Health and Humans, and seek expertise in these broad areas as well.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field. We will consider candidates at all levels of their career progression. Strong candidates will have demonstrated capability to acquire external funding and lead scientific programs appropriate to their career stage.  We welcome applications from candidates who will bring to their research the perspective that comes from a nontraditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education. Dual-career applicants are welcome.

Bigelow Laboratory is a “soft money” institution where SRSs have the freedom to pursue their own funded research and entrepreneurial portfolio that advances the institutional mission. SRSs also have opportunities to participate in Bigelow Laboratory’s sponsored teaching and mentoring activities. SRSs receive institutional salary support to engage in governance and administrative activities associated with the Laboratory’s unique operational model. Salary and start-up packages are based upon current career level, but are negotiable. Bigelow Laboratory provides a generous benefits package including family medical plan, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid parental leave. Bigelow Laboratory is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its employees.

Applicants should submit the following as one assembled PDF to our online application portal:

  • A one-page cover letter describing interest in the position
  • ≤ 3-page statement that outlines the applicant’s research interests and connection to Bigelow Laboratory’s mission and target areas, including the institution’s commitment to mentoring and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

For full consideration, the application should be received by 15 September 2020. Review of applicants for up to three positions 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 several of these positions filled by summer 2021.

Individuals seeking more information about this position or needing to request an accommodation, please contact or (207) 315-0176, ext. 107.

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