Course Instructor – Fall Semester Program

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is seeking an instructor for the Marine Invertebrate Zoology (MIZ) course and the Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research (MBOR) course offered in the 2016 Fall Semester Program. MIZ is offered in the first 10 weeks, and MBOR is offered in the final 4 weeks, of the Semester Program. ( )

BIOS is situated at the northern edge of the subtropical climate zone, with easy access to a great variety of marine habitats that are accessible year round for scientific research and education. Education programs at BIOS offer university students the opportunity to gain practical scientific experience, academic credit at their home institution through course participation, and to become fully immersed in a residential community of researchers and students. Education programs benefit from BIOS’s on-campus housing, dining facilities, lecture rooms, teaching labs, plus a small boats and diving facility.

The Fall Semester Program at BIOS, established in 2000, is a 14-week program offered in partnership with the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University. However, students from other universities may apply to this program. Three courses run concurrently for the first 10 weeks of the Program: Coral Reef Ecology (2 days/week), Marine Invertebrate Zoology (2 days/week), and Research Diving Methods (1 day/week). The Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research course, which runs for the final 4 weeks of the Program, allows students to undertake an independent research project supervised by the instructors.

The Marine Invertebrate Zoology course has a well-established syllabus and accompanying instruction materials but there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate the successful candidate’s areas of expertise. The student projects that comprise the Marine Biology and Oceanographic Research course reflect the students’ interests and the diversity of instructors’ research experience.

The successful candidate will be post-doctorate and will have extensive knowledge of the diversity and ecology of marine invertebrates and be able to present animal diversity from a phylogenetic perspective. Previous experience in teaching undergraduate marine field courses is required. Experience supervising undergraduate research projects, as well as working or teaching in tropical or semi-tropical environments, including coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds, are assets.

This is a contract position for the 2016 Fall Semester Program only. Salary will be based on the courses’ teaching days, the BIOS salary scale and will be commensurate with experience. Return airfare to/from Bermuda and on-campus accommodation (up to a defined maximum) will be provided by BIOS. Health insurance coverage is the responsibility of the individual.

Applications should include an up-to-date CV, a cover letter outlining suitability for this position and two letters of reference. Applications will be accepted until June 15th, 2016 and should be submitted to

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Dr. Penelope Barnes, Director of University Programs

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). 

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.

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:

Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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 position will initially be for 1-year with continuation depending on job performance and starting salary will be in the range of $36,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will start immediately, with an immediate start date for the position. 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.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and education institution employing a multi-national staff of approximately 80 people and 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 and these research positions can be found at BIOS is an Equal Opportunity employer.