Marine Science Technician

The Oceanographic Technical Services Group at BIOS seeks an experienced and highly motivated sea-going Marine Science Technician to join their team. Reporting to the Oceanographic Technical Services Manager, the successful applicant will possess the desire and ability to work cooperatively with crew and shipboard scientists for the ultimate goal of successful missions at sea. We are looking for a candidate who already possess seagoing experience and a proven track record of technical support for ocean science on research vessels.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide comprehensive technical and logistical support for all science related activities aboard the BIOS Research Vessel Atlantic Explorer.
  • Assume major responsibilities for seagoing instrumentation and systems.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair oceanographic instruments, navigation and communication systems.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair shipboard network and data acquisition systems.
  • Coordinate calibration and maintenance schedules for instrumentation and equipment.
  • Design, construct, and troubleshoot new electronic and mechanical systems and modifying existing systems to meet changing needs.
  • Repair both mechanical and electrical equipment as needed.
  • Oversee cruise mobilization and demobilization efforts.
  • Train visiting scientists and junior marine technicians in proper operation of shipboard instruments and systems.
  • Serve as liaison between shipboard science party and ship's crew, and provide pleasant customer service and technical support to scientists before, during, and after their cruises.

The successful candidate will be required to typically spend 150 days per year at sea. Rotations are usually in the region of 90 days and are followed by around 30 days of time off. Overtime while at sea is accrued and can be combined with 15 vacation days to enable off-rotation periods to be paid. This is a rotational position where ongoing duties are split between multiple technicians. We offer a range of benefits such as pension and medical insurance contributions.

Interested candidates should email applications, with cover letter, detailed resume and three references to hr@bios.edu or to:

Human Resources
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences,
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE 01, Bermuda

Closing date:  October 21, 2022

BIOS is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug-free workplace and learning environment.

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

Science Education Coordinator

The Science Education Coordinator plays an integral role in supporting the institutional goal of providing high quality on-site education support that facilitate connections with BIOS’s research programs and Bermuda’s natural environment. The coordinator will work closely with other BIOS-based teams including reservations and catering, small boats, development, accounts and facilities teams to support student experiences. The candidate will plan, produce and execute engaging programming for students through BIOS’s annual visiting and local education programs. The core role of this position is the coordination ahead of and execution of ~40 schedules a year of visiting high schools, universities and adult groups who reside at BIOS for 4–10-night courses. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about working with international student cohorts with experience demonstrating and engaging students with research. The candidate will confidently grow and maintain group retention and co-design new laboratory and field excursions for the program.

Due to the hands-on nature of the position, the coordinator must be willing to live either on BIOS campus or in the east end of the island. This position requires night and weekend work as per requirements within individual course schedules and preparation thereof.

The coordinator will report directly to the Director of Education and Community Engagement

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Co-design education schedules with course instructors to develop exciting, innovative and inclusive schedules for the visiting groups program.
  • Support instructors as they plan and budget for their courses.
  • Update and maintain marketing materials for new group recruitment.
  • Manage booking calendar for educational guides and lectures.
  • Communicate with support departments on weather-related shifts in programming.
  • Liaise with group leaders prior to course arrival.
  • Liaise daily with group leaders on schedule execution and assess changing needs.
  • Establish a mode of communication with each group leader when they arrive.
  • On-site contact for all non-emergency related incidences.
  • Assess all needs for accident reporting to BIOS’s Health and Safety committee.
  • Deliver core educational tours, labs and field guide support.
  • Support the design of effective evaluations on programmatic activities and guest experience.
  • Manage upkeep of group contacts file and notes to improve group leader relations.
  • Identify student barriers to participation in activities and explore how to support needs of student groups.
  • Work closely with marketing team to identify and promote the program to further increase participation.
  • Work closely with the communications team for articles, media opportunities and report writing.
  • Work alongside the development team for future recruitment of new groups’ leaders including travel to present and meet with principals and deans at international locations.
  • Engage with local community organizations, agencies and services to build positive links and work to expand external opportunities available, build a portfolio of services, schemes, contacts and agencies to meet the needs of our learners.
  • Proactively engage with students being visible around campus, encouraging them to ask questions.
  • Assist in recruitment of new groups and promote BIOS as a site for field courses through the execution of Educator Workshops.
  • Assist in curating content on group engagement to support development efforts.
  • Proven ability to confidently work on small boats, have demonstrable in-water competency and the ability to work across varying weather conditions.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is an independent U.S. non-for-profit marine research and educational organization based in Bermuda.  For over 100 years BIOS has been committed to seeking and sharing fundamental knowledge of the oceans and complex environmental issues through exploration, hands-on programs, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art research methods.

Interested candidates should email applications, with cover letter, detailed resume and three references to hr@bios.edu (please reference the job title in the subject line of email) or by mail to:

Human Resources
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE 01
Phone: 297-1880  ext. 129

Closing date:  October 1, 2022

BIOS is an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free workplace and excellent learning environment.

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 people. www.bios.edu

Postdoctoral Scientist in Coral Reef Biology

A postdoctoral position is available at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) to work on a project titled “Enhancing coral resilience against climate warming”. This project will combine in-situ and ex-situ experiential work with corals in Bermuda and will assess to what extend thermal stress exposure can provide beneficial stress conditioning. A number of physiological traits and molecular responses will be measured to define phenotypic plasticity and underlying mechanisms of stress conditioning. The postdoc will be supervised by Drs. Samantha de Putron and Yvonne Sawall (BIOS) and will contribute to overall project management, conduct ex-situ and in-situ experimental work, conduct laboratory measurements, attend conferences, and contribute to data analysis, manuscript writing and preparation of proposals. This project is a collaborative project with Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley (CCMI, Cayman Islands) and Dr. Hollie Putnam (URI, USA) and potential opportunities exist to also participate in research in Cayman and Hawaii. All PIs will be committed to maximizing the research experience of the postdoc and to ensuring they foster the professional skills required for long-term career success.

BIOS is an oceanographic research institution that recently merged with Arizona State University (ASU). At BIOS, the post-doc will mainly work with the currently modernized mesocosm facility and advanced in-situ instrumentation. Lab-based work may be split between BIOS and ASU. 

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in marine biology or similar field, with preference given to those with a background in coral or invertebrate biology and experience in experimental work. An active research diving certificate (AASU or similar) is beneficial as well as experience in bioinformatics.

The duration of the postdoc is for two years with the potential for extension dependent on performance and available funding. The preferred start date is February / March 2023.

Interested candidates should submit their application to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information of three references; to our HR department at (hr@bios.edu), Dr. Yvonne Sawall (yvonne.sawall@bios.edu) and/or Dr. Samantha de Putron (samantha.deputron@bios.edu). Candidate should outline their motivation for applying for this position and relevant experience in their cover letter. Full consideration of applications guaranteed until September 15th 2022. Potential consideration thereafter until position is filled.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is an independent U.S. non-for-profit marine research and educational organization based in Bermuda.  For over 100 years BIOS has been committed to seeking and sharing fundamental knowledge of the oceans and complex environmental issues through exploration, hands-on programs, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art research methods.

BIOS is an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free workplace and excellent learning environment.

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 people.

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