Financial Accountant

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.

An opportunity exists for a Financial Accountant to join our Finance team.  The successful candidate will assist in all aspects of account management and will report directly to the Treasurer/Controller.

Duties & Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee/review the reconciliation/analysis of balance sheet accounts
  • Review and post journal team member entries to the accounting system
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget
  • Assist in preparing for the annual audit
  • Perform end of day back-ups of financial records
  • Assist with the preparation of the annual Indirect Cost Recovery proposal and its submission
  • Assist with timely month end close of accounts and year end final recs
  • Assure compliance with written Accounting Procedures
  • Review and approve bi-weekly and monthly payrolls.  Prepare to completion the confidential payroll including time/effort reports, deductions, benefits and taxes.  Prepare all tax and government payroll reports
  • Initiate banking transactions for payrolls and other electronic payments
  • Assist in the preparation of the board reporting to senior management and trustees
  • Assist in External Financial reporting to Donors and Bermuda Government
  • Prepare monthly grant accruals / update quarterly spreadsheet
  • Check/record changes in quarterly & annual inventory
  • FFATA Reporting as needed
  • Oversight of W2 & 1099 preparation and filing
  • Assist with tax return filings and compliance to Uniform Guidance
  • Assist with monthly dashboard and cash flow projections
  • Deputizing for the Treasurer/Controller during periods of absence
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Controller or CF&OO from time-to-time

The successful candidate should have:

  • CPA or Chartered Accountant designation
  • College degree with major in Accounting or equivalent
  • Minimum of four years related experience
  • Familiar with USA GAAP accounting principles and Federal tax regulations
  • Experience with multi-fund accounting system, MIP preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Audit related experience preferred
  • Experience with US grants accounting preferred
  • Commitment to work as a team player
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

Interested candidates should email applications, with cover letter, detailed resume and references to (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:  December 30, 2021

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

Marine Superintendent

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is accepting applications for a new Marine Superintendent. The successful candidate will be responsible for all operations, logistics, maintenance and funding for the RV Atlantic Explorer, a UNOLS ocean class vessel home berthed in St. George’s, Bermuda. Typical operations are in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, but about two-thirds of its annual days at sea are near Bermuda, servicing the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study, Hydrostation S, and the Ocean Flux Program – all repeat time series programs.

We are seeking a candidate with 10 years of experience in vessel operations and logistics, and familiarity with all US Coast Guard and ABS regulations. US citizenship is required, as is eligibility for a TWIC card. Prior experience at the Marine Superintendent level, while desirable, is not required. The successful candidate should have a thorough working knowledge of oceanographic research vessels, marine operations and Coast Guard regulations as they apply to research vessels and the willingness to work with marine scientists to achieve their research goals. Ideally the successful candidate will be a licensed Captain (1600 tons gross weight, with Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping endorsement) who can sail in a relief role when needed, but the position is not primarily sea going and does not require a US Coast Guard license. We are also willing to consider candidates with experience in engineering and marine
technical services.

The ship operates under a Cooperative Agreement with NSF that requires quarterly reporting, annual reporting and annual proposal submissions for ship operations as well as proposal submissions to support Marine Technical Services and shipboard equipment. Experience with proposal submissions to federal agencies (NSF, NASA, NOAA, for example) is highly desirable. Support in preparing proposals and reports is provided by the BIOS Director of Research, who also serves as co-PI on the proposals.

The Marine Superintendent oversees a shore-based team consisting of a Port Captain or Port Engineer, a Marine Operations Coordinator, as well as a team of sea-going marine technicians and ship’s crew. Previous personnel management experience is highly desirable.

Ideally the successful candidate will be a full-time resident in Bermuda, but because of Bermuda’s strict immigration requirements, it can be difficult for two-career couples to both find employment in Bermuda. Therefore, we are willing to allow for remote work for part of each year, if necessary.

Please submit applications, including cover letter and resume, to If you wish to discuss the position prior to applying, please contact William Curry, President/CEO, ( We will begin to review applications in mid-December 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

Email your CV, cover letter, and references to:
William B. Curry, PhD

Assistant Scientist in Oceanography (Physical Oceanography/Biogeochemical System Approaches)

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research institution based in Bermuda, is seeking an early career candidate for an Assistant Scientist position. We seek applications from current postdoctoral scholars/fellows or recent PhD graduates in 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 successful candidate will oversee a fleet of autonomous underwater gliders equipped with sensors systems for biogeochemical and physical oceanographic research.

Experience with proposal writing targeted at the US federal agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation, NOAA, NASA) will be an asset. The recipient will receive full salary support for a two-year period, with possibility of extension depending on performance success (e.g., grant funding with the US federal agencies) with the primary emphasis on supporting the individual’s research promise in his/her chosen area of research. Support is also available for startup equipment, relocation, travel to scientific meetings, equipment and supplies.

Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging, collaborative and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies and a broad range of coral reef research. Major long-term initiatives of BIOS include the following: (1) Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS); (2) Hydrostation S program; (3) the Oceanic Flux Program; (4) BIOS-SCOPE; and, (5) the M/V Oleander project. 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 near-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

Although primarily a research position, opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate graduate student level (  A Ph.D. or equivalent experience in an appropriate discipline is required.

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; 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 (, Nicholas Bates, Director of Research (
BIOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates a drug-free work place and learning environment