Research Technician
(1 year term position)

The Marine Microbial Ecology Group investigates marine microbes, from the molecules exchanged to ecosystem interactions, with the overarching goal of understanding trophic transfer of photosynthetically fix carbon and the future trajectories of phytoplankton communities. The Research Technician’s tasks will include the following:  Analyze a complex chemostat experiment from the perspective of photophysiology, carbon fixation pathways, RNA transcription and ecogenomic markers; to analyze flow cytometry data to better understand changes to cell size; to perform statistical studies necessary to publish this research and to write a manuscript on it. There is an emphasis on vitamin exchanges in the ocean, and thus the Research Technician will perform a vitamin chemostat experiment.

Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Biology or related field is required.  Must have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Perform and analyze a complex bioreactor chemostat experiments
  • Experience in analyzing carbon fixation pathways, chemical data
  • Experience in generating and analyzing genomic data (including metagenomics)
  • Knowledge of statistical approaches for analysis of omic data
  • Experience working at sea, willingness to go to sea for specified periods.

In addition, the incumbent must possess excellent writing skills and be able to work with diverse groups of people.

MBARI, Human Resources
Job Code: RT-W
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA  95039

Please submit a CV and a cover letter explaining your research interests via email to, or by mail to the above address, or by fax to (831) 775-1620. Please provide a list of three references and arrange for one letter to be sent directly to MBARI ( or above address with ATTN: Human Resources)

MBARI offers 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