Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is a non-profit, private oceanographic research institute, uniquely dedicated to the development of state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation, systems and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the nation’s largest marine sanctuary, MBARI places a balanced emphasis on science and engineering, with established programs in remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and social science, as well as information management and ocean instrumentation research and development.

MBARI is now in search of highly motivated individuals to become a part of its mission. Please refer to each position announcement at left for instructions on how to apply.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

MBARI Welcomes Diversity

Current openings


2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applications for the postdoctoral fellowship program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are currently being accepted. MBARI is dedicated to the development of state-of-the-art instrumentation, systems, and methods for scientific research in the oceans.
Deep-sea squat lobster (Galatheidae) on a bubblegum coral (Paragorgia sp.)

Research Specialist

MBARI is seeking a highly motivated individual with broad experience and training in marine biology, ecology, and oceanography to assist and collaborate on research and development projects concerning nearshore to deep-sea biology and ecology.
The research vessel Western Flyer steaming past the main building of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California.

Second Mate, R/V Western Flyer

Reporting to the Master of the R/V Western Flyer, the Second Mate acts as a deck officer, navigator and officer of the day, as required by the Master. The incumbent ensures the maintenance of the vessel and equipment is in top condition at all times.