Research Associate (Level 1 or 2) - Molecular Biology and Biogeochemistry

We are looking for a Research Associate at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). The position will be shared between the ZoopGoup (Drs. Amy Maas and Leocadio Blanco-Bercial), whose focus is on characterizing the biodiversity and biogeochemical contributions of the zooplankton in the Sargasso Sea (3/4 time), and the Marine Nitrogen Cycling lab (Dr. Damian Grundle), whose focus is on nitrogen biogeochemistry (1/4 time). The position is available immediately and review of applications will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is found.

Duties & Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have a background in biology/chemistry/biogeochemistry with experience in molecular biology techniques and spectroscopy/gas chromatography. Although experience in both is desirable, training will be available and most important is a willingness to learn, attention to detail and a capacity to spend time at sea. Some tasks are quite tedious, requiring dedication and patience. This person will be expected to go out to sea 4-6 times for 1 week periods over the course of a year. Specific responsibilities include sample preparation and image scanning of zooplankton samples, molecular extraction of zooplankton DNA/RNA, buffer preparation, nutrient and dissolved gas concentration measurements, stable isotope analyses, assistance with running 15N tracer incubation experiments at sea, and data management and record keeping. Some lab management tasks will be required (e.g. ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, etc).

The position is available for a one-year term to start as soon as feasible, with the potential for extension. It will be filled in accordance with the policies of BIOS and the Immigration Department for Bermuda. Starting salary is $36,000-$38,000 USD depending on level of experience. The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. is a U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and education institution employing a multi-national staff of approximately 80 people. Activities include oceanographic and marine biological research conducted by resident and visiting scientists, and university level courses on topics ranging from marine pollution to remote sensing. Additional information on BIOS can be found at

Please send your CV and a statement of research interests to:
Dr. Amy Maas at

Head Chef

BIOS is seeking to employ a Head Chef. The successful candidate, a proven self-starter, is expected to organize, prepare, cook and serve regular full buffet-style meals to BIOS’ visiting students, scientists, staff and other guests as well as provide other catering services for in-house conferences, receptions and business meals.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Primary duties are to deliver three high quality affordable meals per day, six to seven days per week, in coordination with an additional chef or assistant. 
  • Be cognizant of BIOS’s non-profit status in providing cost effective services.
  • Interact with a varied clientele in a pleasant and professional manner. 
  • Manage, supervise and train kitchen support staff.
  • Cater for special functions or events.
  • Order all stock and supplies; conduct quarterly inventory and stock rotation.
  • Produce accurate quarterly budgets, forecasts and other reports as requested. 
  • Ensure that kitchen, dining and service areas are well-maintained and comply with applicable health and safety standards.

BIOS offers a competitive package in a stimulating and challenging work environment. Bermudians or Spouses of Bermudians preferred.  No agencies please.  Qualified candidates should submit in writing, a cover letter, resume/CV, copies of certificates, 3 references and salary requirements to:

HR Manager
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE 01
Closing Date:  27th March 2017