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

MBARI Science Communication Fellowship

MBARI invites recent graduates with a degree in multimedia journalism, environmental filmmaking, media studies, communications, or science writing to apply for our science communication fellowship. This two-year position plays a critical role as part of MBARI’s Editorial Team and also works with the Video Lab and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) video and social media teams.

Prototype/Experimental Machinist

MBARI seeks a motivated prototype machinist to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with other engineers, scientists, and marine operations personnel on the design, fabrication, testing, and maintenance of various platforms and instruments for ocean science research.

ROV Pilot/Technicians

The incumbents ensure that MBARI’s oceanographic equipment (primarily ROV Doc Ricketts ) operates efficiently, effectively, and reliably. The incumbents assist in the design, development, testing, and at sea operations of MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts and associated scientific payloads.

Human Resources Recruitment Specialist

The Human Resources Recruitment Specialist provides key support in the areas of recruitment and ensuring that the institute’s affirmative action plan is in compliance, as well as tracking employment statistics and making recommendations as appropriate. 

Marine Geosciences - Seafloor Processes Principal Investigator

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) invites qualified candidates to apply for a position as a Principal Investigator in science or engineering with a programmatic vision that advances understanding of seafloor processes and fosters the development of novel observational capabilities and/or methods.

Principal Investigator or Principal Engineer (focus on marine microbiology)

Applications are invited for a Principal Investigator in science or engineering to develop a research program focusing on marine microbiology, and to interact with ongoing MBARI programs that focus on the development of novel observational and analytical methods to advance our understanding of the interplay between abiotic and biotic systems in the sea.