Marine Superintendent

BIOS seeks to hire a Marine Superintendent responsible for the management of the Marine Operations Department, Marine Technical Services Department and the Research Vessel Atlantic Explorer.  Full-time residency in Bermuda is required by the successful candidate.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Has overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the Research Vessel Atlantic Explorer, including: crewing, expenditures, maintenance, personnel, logistics, training, statutory compliance and policy implementation.
  • Coordination/consultation with Ship Ops federal award Principal Investigator (currently BIOS Director of Research); and liaison/coordination with science users of the ship (e.g., chief scientists at BIOS including principals involved with sustained ocean observation projects such as the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), Hydrostation S and Oceanic Flux Program and cruise chief scientists/participants from external organizations.
  • Co-PI on all marine operation federal grants, including ship operations, technical services, oceanographic instrumentation and shipboard scientific support equipment. Prepares and submits proposals and annual reports.
  • Develops capital and operating budgets for vessel operations and marine shore services.
  • Maintains liaison with federal agencies to ensure up-to-date knowledge of and compliance with applicable laws and regulations affecting vessels and/or shore-based marine services.
  • Recommends and implements policies pertaining to marine personnel and vessel operation.
  • Provides for adequate crewing of R/V Atlantic Explorer in conjunction with the BIOS Human Resources Office, as required by regulatory agencies and BIOS policies.
  • Develops planning needs for ship operations and acquisition of vessel and dockside equipment and facilities.
  • Plans and oversees modifications, maintenance, repairs, and improvements to the R/V Atlantic Explorer as necessary and establishes contacts with and directs the efforts of consultants, engineers, contractors and vendors.
  • Represents BIOS at regulatory body hearings, insurance matters, and other meetings pertaining to BIOS marine interests.
  • Supervises and manages the Port Captain, Marine Operations Manager, Marine Technical Services Manager, Vessel Master and oversight of 12 ship’s crew, temporary relief crew, volunteers and other Marine Operations personnel.
  • Performs other duties as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer or Director may from time to time deem necessary.  Prepares monthly operational reports and provides information and support to the Marine Operations Committee of the BIOS Board of Trustees.
  • Port engineer duties during all shipyard periods, requiring extensive working knowledge of all ship’s systems, construction techniques and maintenance requirements.
  • Maintains all documents/surveys/records required by the US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, American Bureau of Shipping, National Science Foundation (NSF), other regulatory agencies and University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
  • Liaison with various Bermuda Government departments, as necessary.
  • BIOS representative at the annual UNOLS Research Vessel Operators Committee (RVOC) and Ship Scheduling Committee meetings. Volunteer to become a member of the RVOC Safety Committee.
  • Seeks and develops leads for work outside of NSF awarded ship days.  Prepares and maintains the annual ship operating schedule.
  • Serves as relief captain on the R/V Atlantic Explorer whenever required.

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

HR Manager, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
17 Biological Station, St. George’s GE01, Bermuda
Closing Date: Open until filled

BIOS is an independent U.S. Not-for-Profit marine research and education institute and Registered Bermuda Charity #116, employing a multi-national staff of approximately 80 people. BIOS operates an oceanographic Research Vessel Atlantic Explorer which functions as a sea-going laboratory supporting both faculty and scientists from BIOS and other institutions and agencies.

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

Chemical/Physical/Biological Oceanographer

Applications are invited from scientists with interests in chemical, physical or biological oceanography to complement existing and future oceanographic research and educational activities at BIOS. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in: (1) Biological or biogeochemical oceanography including those with interests in biogeochemical cycles; molecular biology/genomics; microbial ecology; phytoplankton/zooplankton ecology and physiology; nutrient and/or trace element geochemistry; tracer geochemistry; and (2) Physical oceanography, especially those with interests in new observing technologies including mooring and AUV systems, or physical-biological modeling.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit marine research and education institution incorporated in New York and based in Bermuda since 1903. Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies, coral reef research and ocean and human health interactions. At present, BIOS employs a multi-national staff of approximately 85 people and hosts ~2,000 scientific and educational visitors per year. 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/Hydrostation S programs and the Ocean Flux Program are major long-term initiatives of BIOS. The institution also supports the operations of the R/V Atlantic Explorer, a UNOLS-scheduled vessel, and recently has been investing in new autonomous underwater systems with several electric gliders available for research activities. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Successful applicants will be expected to build a strong research program, complementary to and synergistic with a broad range of oceanographic research at BIOS. Familiarity with the U.S. federal agency funding system is especially desirable. Although primarily a research position, opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. or equivalent experience in an appropriate discipline is required. We invite applications from scientists at all experience levels from early career to senior scientist. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.

BIOS offers a competitive compensation package in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding work environment. Qualified candidates should submit their application to include: cover letter, research statement, and curriculum vitae including names of references to: BIOS, 17 Biological Station, St. Georges, GE01, Bermuda.  Review of applications will begin April 15, 2015.  The position will remain open until filled.

BIOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates a drug-free work place and learning environment.

Email your CV, cover letter, and references to:
Gillian Hollis