Research Associate (Level 1 or 2) - Molecular Biology and Biogeochemistry

We are looking for a Research Associate at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). The position will be shared between Drs. Amy Maas and Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, whose focuses are on characterizing the biodiversity and biogeochemical contributions of the zooplankton in the Sargasso Sea. The position is available immediately and review of applications will be ongoing until a suitable candidate is found.

Duties & Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have a background in biology/biogeochemistry with experience in molecular biology techniques. Although experience is desirable, training will be available and most important is a willingness to learn, attention to detail and a capacity to spend time at sea. Some tasks are quite tedious, requiring dedication and patience. This person will be expected to go out to sea 4-6 times for 1 week periods over the course of a year and once a year for a month. Specific responsibilities include sample preparation and image scanning of zooplankton samples, molecular extraction of zooplankton DNA/RNA, buffer preparation, enzyme assays, data management and record keeping. Some lab management tasks will be required (e.g. ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, etc).

The position is available for a one-year term to start as soon as feasible, with the potential for extension. It will be filled in accordance with the policies of BIOS and the Immigration Department for Bermuda. Starting salary is $36,000-$38,000 USD depending on level of experience. The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. is a U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and education institution employing a multi-national staff of approximately 80 people. Activities include oceanographic and marine biological research conducted by resident and visiting scientists, and university level courses on topics ranging from marine pollution to remote sensing. Additional information on BIOS can be found at

Please send your CV and a statement of research interests to:
Dr. Amy Maas at