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 http://www.bios.edu/.

Although primarily a research position, opportunities exist for teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate graduate student level (http://www.bios.edu/education/).  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; martin.wyer@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).
BIOS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates a drug-free work place and learning environment

BATS Oceanographic Research Technician/Research Specialist - Ocean Carbon Chemist

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is seeking a motivated oceanography research technician/research specialist to work on several U.S. National Science Foundation funded time-series programs, including Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) and Hydrostation ‘S’, several other projects from the Arctic Ocean to Southern Ocean, and coral reef and ocean acidification projects. These projects are focused on understanding the ocean carbon cycle and ocean acidification. These projects at BIOS have substantial laboratory and field components 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/ or closely related subject with a strong focus on chemical or biological oceanography. A Masters level degree in chemical oceanography, marine chemistry or equivalent is preferred with several years of experience.

Experience working in a ocean carbon chemistry laboratory environment using sound analytical practices with a range of solvents is essential, and experience with VINDTA, SOMMA, and AIRICA instrumentation will be a distinct advantage for this role. Further, the ability to work synergistically in a multi-disciplined team of oceanographers is essential and we are keen for applications with proven sea-going capability.

The position will initially be for one year with continuation depending on job performance and starting salary will be in the range of $38,000 to $52,000 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/immigation-work-permit-policy-2015.pdfReview of applications will start immediately with an effective starting date of March 2020, subject to Immigration approval. 

For further information on this position or to make a formal application (cover letter, CV and contact information of two references) please contact Prof. Nick Bates (nick.bates@bios.edu). Please state “BATS ocean carbon chemist” in the subject line for all correspondence relating to this position.

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is an independent U.S. incorporated 501(c)(3) 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. More information can be found at http://www.bios.edu/.

Duties & Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  • Chemical analyses of ocean carbonate chemistry samples, including dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), total alkalinity (TA) and other associated chemical analyses. These measurements are required to be conducted at the highest-quality possible for tracing of ocean biogeochemical changes over time. The technician/specialist will be responsible for the longest global observation of ocean carbon and ocean acidification changes at the BATS/Hydrostation S site.
  • The technician/specialist is responsible for performing other duties as assigned by the supervisor/PI that are necessary to ensure the successful functioning of the marine biogeochemistry laboratory research program, including organization of the laboratory, ordering, shipping and other functions as needed. This will include use and maintenance of ocean carbon dioxide instrumentation as needed by the program, including cruise preparation, participation, cruise logistics, etc.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • There will be requirements for participation on a few research cruises each year, although this will not be a primary responsibility.
  • The technician/specialist will be responsible for performing data QC/QA, data visualization and other support functions as needed. Demonstrated scholarly activities such a peer-review paper writing will be an asset.
  • • The technician/specialist will be responsible for pCO2 system installation, maintenance, and data QC/QA and merging as a secondary responsibility

Email your CV, cover letter, and references to:
Professor Nicholas Bates nick.bates@bios.edu