Postdoctoral Scientist in Harmful Algal Blooms of the Gulf of Mexico

East Boothbay, Maine
Starting at $47,500 annual salary with generous benefits
March 23 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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Bigelow Laboratory seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to investigate biological interactions and mechanisms that trigger the initiation and termination of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Proliferation of toxic algae can be devastating to sea life and coastal economies. This work will untangle the complex relationships between viruses, bacteria, and the Karenia brevis dinoflagellate along Florida’s coast. The project is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is part of a large interdisciplinary effort that includes biological, chemical, and physical oceanographers and modelers from six institutions. The postdoctoral scientist will be mentored by Dr. Joaquín Martínez Martínez. The position is offered for four years.

The postdoctoral scientist will assume a leading role in the first systematic study of the impact of viruses on the dynamics and physiology of K. brevis and their associated bacteria. In the laboratory, they will be involved in culturing phytoplankton and bacteria isolates from the GoM, isolating viruses that infect them, and applying advanced omic techniques to understand the direct or indirect role viruses play in promoting or suppressing HABs. They will also participate in annual research cruises in the GoM and collaborative experiments in Florida and Abu Dhabi with other team members. There will be additional opportunities for contributing to side projects on aquatic virus ecology at the Martínez Martínez Laboratory.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in marine virology/microbiology or a relevant field and be proficient in microbial culturing techniques, microbial genomics, and bioinformatics. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research environment are crucial.

Applicants should submit the following documents in a single, assembled PDF file to Bigelow Laboratory’s online application portal (

  • Cover letter that contains a statement of research interests and relevant experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references

For full consideration, the application should be received by April 16, 2021. Review of applicants will begin immediately thereafter. The search will continue until the position is filled. Individuals seeking more information about this position or needing to request an accommodation, please contact or (207) 315-2567, ext. 107.

About Bigelow Laboratory
Bigelow Laboratory is an inclusive community of scientists from around the world that welcomes and supports diverse opinions and cultures. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences strives to maintain an environment that allows our employees to flourish through respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of others. We believe there is power in embracing the full diversity of humanity to advance science and are committed to supporting each other as individuals worthy of respect.

The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to professional training programs and opportunities for undergraduate student mentoring and teaching. A competitive compensation package is offered with a salary range starting at $47,500 as well as employee, family, and domestic partner health insurance; a 403(b) retirement contribution; paid time off including parental leave; as well as a working environment that supports continuous professional development and engagement.

The Laboratory was established in 1974 and is located on the scenic coast of East Boothbay, Maine, USA, in a modern, LEED-certified research and education campus.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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