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 the 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/maths emphasis or a closely related subject.

The position will initially be for 1-year with continuation depending on job performance and starting salary will be in the range of $34,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will start immediately with effective starting dates October 1st 2014.

For further information or to make a formal application (cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references) please contact Dr. Rod Johnson (

Duties & Responsibilities

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 of Matlab (multiple platforms especially UNIX), good familiarity with oceanographic instrumentation and a proven sea going capability are a distinct advantage. The expected duties of the successful person are:

  • Maintain routine data processing and compliant archiving of all data streams.
  • Regular participation on the time-series cruises (~5 to 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 P.I.’s
  • 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

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and education institution, Bermuda's source for environmental education and a global training center for young scientists. BIOS employs a multi-national staff of approximately 80 people and is based in Bermuda since 1903. Activities include oceanographic and marine biological research conducted by resident and visiting scientists, and university level courses on topics ranging from marine pollution to biogeochemical cycles in the Sargasso Sea. Additional information on BIOS can be found at BIOS is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Email your CV, cover letter, and references to:
Dr. Rod Johnson

Marine Science Technician

BIOS currently has two opportunities for seagoing Marine Science Technicians. Candidates that fall short of the minimum requirements described below may be considered for a Junior Marine Science Technician position.

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

Human Resources Officer
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
17 Biological Station
St. George's GE01 Bermuda
email:; Fax: 441-297-2222

Position will remain open until filled.

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

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operate, maintain, troubleshoot, calibrate and repair various oceanographic systems, sensors and sampling gear
  • Deploy/operate/maintain specialized systems which will include SeaBird CTD, RDI ADCP, Knudsen echo sounders and R.M. Young meteorological suite
  • Collaborate with scientists and ship’s crew to ensure a safe and successful mission
  • Instruct and assist scientific users of the ship in safe operating procedures of shipboard equipment; and proper oceanographic techniques, both on deck and in the labs
  • Act as system administrator for the ship's computers, including networked Linux and Windows Server systems, firewalls and satellite-based internet services

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to perform normal duties onboard an ocean-going ship; ascending and descending ladders; handling mooring lines; opening and closing watertight doors; working odd and extended hours including holidays and weekends. Must be able to travel and work in the USA.