PostDoc Opportunity: Microbial hydrocarbon (methane and oil) cycling in deep-sea and Arctic environments.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences ( is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research scientist position to lead independent research in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Orcutt related to microbial hydrocarbon (methane and oil) cycling in deep-sea and Arctic environments. This work would involve geomicrobiological investigations of deep-sea methane and oil seeps as well as Arctic permafrost lakes. Highly successful candidates would have experience with environmental science and/or microbiology or biogeochemistry, with working knowledge of molecular biology techniques (such as DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing or bioinformatics), microscopy, or stable isotope techniques considered as highly desirable. Applicants must have at least a Ph.D in marine sciences, oceanography, environmental microbiology or similar field with a proven publication record. Experience with project management or fieldwork also desired. Proficiency in computer programs for word processing and data entry are a must, as well as good written and oral communication skills.

Research will be conducted primarily at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, but opportunities may be available for fieldwork. The position is offered for two years. The position is available immediately, but this may be negotiated. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has an active postdoctoral education program, including a postdoctoral education and ethics training program. Postdoctoral researchers are also encouraged to participate in Laboratory-wide educational and outreach programs. Please see our website for more information (

To apply, please submit the following documents via email to referencing (PD-2015-5) in the email subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two page research statement outlining candidate’s interest in hydrocarbon cycling and how research at Bigelow Laboratory would relate to career goals
  • Contact information for three references

Review of applicants will begin on December 15, 2015, with video-conference screening interviews planned for successful candidates the week of January 4, 2016. Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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