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Postdoctoral Scientist for Coast-Cow-Consumer Project

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Hiring
East Boothbay, Maine
$51,617 - $74,324
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Ecology
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Position Overview
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral phycologist interested in researching the biochemical composition and optimized cultivation and processing techniques for algae species. Our aim is to identify multiple promising macro- and micro-algae species to be used as livestock feeds in order to develop new markets and provide key solutions to agriculture that includes boosting animal health and dairy productivity and reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emission footprint via suppression of enteric methane emissions in ruminants. Experience in any of the following would be a definite benefit: aspects of nutrient uptake by algae during culture, allelochemical and antimicrobial defense, environmental stress tolerance, reactive oxygen regulation and secondary metabolite production, halogenated compound generation, and varied tissue processing techniques specifically including lyophilization and fermentation. This position is initially funded for three years from a USDA NIFA SAS program award Coast-Cow-Consumer. It will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration across the U.S. with academic, non-profit, and commercial entities and pursuit of independent funding. This position would be responsible for the supervision of technical staff, graduate students, and undergraduate interns. Screening of candidates will begin May 30th with expectation candidate will be available in July, 2022. The salary band for this position is $51,617 - $74,324, with a generous benefits package including health care, retirement contribution, and paid time off.


  • Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology, Phycology, Aquaculture, Food Science or a related field
  • Knowledge of algal biochemistry and physiology
  • Experience with algae cultivation, husbandry, and processing would be a plus
  • Strong oral and written skills, demonstrated publication record, ability to work in a cross-institutional team

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin after May 30, 2022. 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 Midcoast Maine
Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, perfectly situated to provide access to the very best Maine has to offer. Within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. Our peninsula is home to fishermen and sea captains, marine biologists, nature lovers, botanists and gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more.

Working at 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.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

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 $51,617 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. Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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