Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences


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.


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

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

30 September 2018
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