Marine Science Technician

The Oceanographic Technical Services Group at BIOS seeks an experienced and highly motivated sea-going Marine Science Technician. Reporting to the Oceanographic Technical Services Manager, the successful applicant will possess the desire and ability to work cooperatively with shipboard scientists and have demonstrated experience and ability to provide comprehensive technical support for cutting-edge ocean science aboard ocean-going research vessels.

This position requires spending extended periods at sea, typically 100 to 200 days per year working up to 90 days at a time.  This is a progression job requiring new hires to be placed in Level 1, though depending on previous experience new hires may be placed at higher levels. This is a rotational job where ongoing duties are split between multiple technicians.

Interested candidates should email their applications including a cover letter, resume/CV and three references to:

Quentin Lewis, Marine Superintendent
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE01, Bermuda

Closing Date: August 16, 2019

BIOS is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug-free workplace and learning environment. The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research and educational organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Bermuda Registered Charity (#116). Visit us in Bermuda or at

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Providing comprehensive technical and logistical support for all science related activities aboard the BIOS Research Vessel Atlantic Explorer.
  • Assuming major responsibilities for seagoing instrumentation and systems.
  • Operating, maintaining, and repairing oceanographic instruments, navigation and communication systems.
  • Operating, maintaining, and repairing shipboard network and data acquisition systems.
  • Coordinating calibration and maintenance schedules for instrumentation and equipment.
  • Designing, constructing, and troubleshooting new electronic and mechanical systems and modifying existing systems to meet changing needs.
  • Repairing both mechanical and electrical equipment as needed.
  • Overseeing cruise mobilization and demobilization efforts.
  • Training visiting scientists and junior marine technicians in proper operation of shipboard instruments and systems.
  • Serving as liaison between shipboard science party and ship's crew, and providing pleasant customer service and technical support to scientists before, during, and after their cruises

Physical Oceanography Research Technician

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is seeking a motivated physical oceanography research technician to work on the U.S. National Science Foundation-funded time-series programs Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) and Hydrostation 'S.' These BIOS hosted projects are focused on understanding processes that influence the variability of the physics and biogeochemistry of the Sargasso Sea and ultimately how these processes interact to regulate the carbon cycle. Both programs have a strong field component requiring a dedicated team of scientists to perform the at-sea data and sample collection, and subsequent shore-side data processing and sample analyses. For this current position we are looking for an individual with at least a B.Sc. in oceanography/marine science with a physics/math emphasis or a closely related subject. 

Demonstrated programming experience within the context of oceanographic data analysis and the ability to work synergistically in a multi-disciplined team of oceanographers are essential requirements for this position. Extensive experience with MATLAB (multiple platforms especially Linux), good familiarity with oceanographic instrumentation (CTD, ADCP) and a proven sea-going capability are a distinct advantage.

The position will initially be for 1 year with continuation depending on job performance and starting salary will be in the range of $38.000 to $47,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Given the restrictions on sponsored dependents residing in Bermuda set by the Department of Immigration, all applicants are recommended to review Section 5 of the Work Permit Policy, which can be found at

Review of applications will start immediately with an effective starting data of November 2019, subject to immigration approval. For further information on this position, or to make a formal application (cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references) please contact Dr. Rod Johnson ( and state "BATS PO Research Technician 2019" in the subject line for all correspondence.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) not-forprofit 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. More information can be found at

Duties & Responsibilities

The expected duties of a successful person are:

  • Maintain routine data processing and compliant archiving of all data streams
  • Regular participation on the time-series cruises (~5-7 days/month)
  • Develop software to enhance data processing, QC and data dissemination
  • Assume responsibility for laboratory salinity measurements
  • Liaise with the marine technical department on instrument calibrations
  • Produce quarterly reports on data status in consultation with the PIs
  • Interact with resident and other scientists on data synthesis and data products
  • Keep current with developments in oceanographic data processing standards
  • Assist where required to maintain overall project objectives