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


The oiler carries out duties as directed at sea and in port to ensure the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the vessel. The oiler also assists the deck department when not engaged in engineering tasks.

Research Assistant (Temporary)

The individual will process experimental samples and help with ocean acidification studies. The scope of activities include helping with experiments, maintaining aquarium tanks with animals, analyzing samples, and preparing preliminary analyses for samples processed.

Research Engineer (Principal Investigator)

MBARI seeks a Research Engineer who will work as a Principal Investigator (PI) to advance collaborative projects in science and engineering. Desired focal areas include the definition and development of technology to observe and measure biological systems in the ocean.

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.