Postdoctoral Scholarship in Oceanography

A Postdoctoral Scholar award will be offered to a new or recent PhD in the fields of oceanography or closely related subjects.  We welcome a broad range of potential topics for study, including physical oceanography process studies at all scales, biogeochemical research with practical experimentation, and system modeling with strong integration of data.  We seek a candidate who will take advantage of the opportunities and facilities offered at BIOS which include bi-weekly access to the deep ocean, repeat measurements and long-term monitoring of ocean properties, integration of glider observations with traditional ship-based measurements and laboratory access for chemical and biological measurements and experimentation.

The award is designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis on supporting the individual’s research promise in his/her chosen area of research.  A successful postdoctoral term would offer the opportunity to transition to the BIOS resident scientific staff.

Applicants should have received their doctoral degree completed by the start date of the position. The recipient will receive full salary support for an eighteen-month period, with possibility of extension depending on performance success. Support is also available for relocation, travel to scientific meetings, equipment and supplies.

Applicants are encouraged to identify suitable mentors among BIOS’s resident scientists who would act as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period and we encourage applicants to work together with the mentors to develop the research project.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research institution based in Bermuda. Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies and a broad range of coral reef research. Major long-term initiatives of BIOS include: The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), Hydrostation S program, the Oceanic Flux Program, and BIOS-SCOPE. The institution supports the operations of the RV Atlantic Explorer, a UNOLS research vessel making 20+ short cruises to the time series stations each year.  BIOS also operates three autonomous underwater gliders with continuous, year-round occupation at the time series stations (the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative and Collaboration (MAGIC). Additional information on BIOS can be found at http://www.bios.edu/.


Qualified candidates should submit their application to include: a cover letter, a statement of research interests, and a curriculum vitae including names of references to: The HR Manager, BIOS, 17 Biological Station, St. Georges, GE01, Bermuda; hr@bios.edu. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions about the position and the research opportunities available at BIOS may be directed to William Curry, President and CEO (william.curry@bios.edu), Nicholas Bates, Director of Research (nick.bates@bios.edu) or any BIOS researchers with whom the candidate would like to work.

Oceans and Human Health - Cancer and Aging - Marine Molecular Biology

Applications are invited from scientists with interests in oceans and human health, cancer and aging research using marine organisms, and marine molecular biology to complement research and education activities at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). This is an endowed position with hard salary support for a 0.5FTE Assistant Scientist with research interests in cancer and aging in model marine organisms. The successful candidate would be expected to fill out his/her annual salary with successful solicitations for grant funding to governmental agencies and/or philanthropic sources which, at the candidate’s discretion, would be utilized to further research on oceans and human health or more broadly in marine molecular biology/genomics and/or microbial ecology. We are looking for a candidate with established collaborative relationships with a research group working in his/her area of interest with a potential for developing collaborative activities with existing BIOS research programs. Although primarily a research position, opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level (http://www.bios.edu/education/). We invite applications from scientists at the entry level of Assistant Scientist, with a recent Ph.D. degree in an appropriate field required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Joint faculty appointments with other research institutions will be encouraged, in particular with institutions having established research programs relevant to cancer and aging using model marine organisms.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and education organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity #116 employing a multi-national staff of approximately 80.  Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies, coral reef research and ocean and human health interactions.  Activities include oceanographic and marine biological research conducted by resident and visiting scientists, and university-level courses on a variety of marine science topics. The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), Hydrostation S program, and the Ocean Flux Program are major long-term initiatives of BIOS. The institution also supports the operations of the RV Atlantic Explorer, a UNOLS-scheduled research ship, and recently has been investing in new autonomous underwater systems with several electric gliders available for research activities. Additional information on BIOS can be found at www.bios.edu.

Qualified candidates should submit their application to include: a cover letter, a statement of research and education interests, and a curriculum vitae including names of references to: The HR Manager, BIOS, 17 Biological Station, St. Georges, GE01, Bermuda; hr@bios.edu. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions about the position and the research opportunities available at BIOS should be directed to William Curry, President and CEO (william.curry@bios.edu), and Nicholas Bates, Director of Research (nicholas.bates@bios.edu).

Email your CV, cover letter, and references to:
HR Officer HR@bios.edu

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

The position will be shared between Drs. Amy Maas and Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, whose focuses are on characterizing the biodiversity and biogeochemical contributions of the zooplankton in the Sargasso Sea. The technician will be working on a new NSF funded project about circadian physiology, the NASA EXPORTS project detailing zooplankton contributions to carbon flux, and the BIOS-SCOPE project exploring the interactions between zooplankton, microbial communities and DOM.

Duties & Responsibilities

Candidates must be able to spend time at sea on both small and large vessels. The ideal candidate will have a background in biology/biogeochemistry with experience in molecular biology techniques. Although experience 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 per year for 1 week periods. Specific responsibilities include sample preparation and image scanning of zooplankton samples, molecular extraction of zooplankton DNA/RNA, buffer preparation, enzyme assays, 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 http://www.bios.edu/. The position is available starting January 2019 and review of applications will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is found.

Please send your CV and a statement of research interests to:
Dr. Amy Maas at amy.maas@bios.edu