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 https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/immigration-work-permit-policy-2015.pdf

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 (rod.johnson@bios.edu) 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 http://www.bios.edu/.

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

Postdoctoral Scholarship in Oceanography

A Postdoctoral Scholar award will be offered to a new or recent PhD in the fields of 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 award is designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis on supporting the individual’s research promise in his/her chosen area of research.  A successful postdoctoral term would offer the opportunity to transition to the BIOS resident scientific staff.

Applicants should have received their doctoral degree completed by the start date of the position. The recipient will receive full salary support for an eighteen-month period, with possibility of extension depending on performance success. Support is also available for relocation, travel to scientific meetings, equipment and supplies.

Applicants are encouraged to identify suitable mentors among BIOS’s resident scientists who would act as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period and we encourage applicants to work together with the mentors to develop the research project.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. not-for-profit marine research institution based in Bermuda. Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies and a broad range of coral reef research. Major long-term initiatives of BIOS include: The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), Hydrostation S program, the Oceanic Flux Program, and BIOS-SCOPE. 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 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 http://www.bios.edu/.


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; hr@bios.edu. 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 (william.curry@bios.edu), Nicholas Bates, Director of Research (nick.bates@bios.edu) or any BIOS researchers with whom the candidate would like to work.