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

Environmental Sample Processor

Electrical Engineer

Successful recruits will join motivated, multi-disciplinary teams to advance the field of ocean science through the design, manufacturing, and support of new ocean-observing assets, including vehicles, instruments, energy systems, data systems and more. This position is responsible for all aspects of the development of electrical systems, starting at the concept level and carrying through to the deployment of a tested and capable instrument or platform.
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Research Assistant

The individual will be responsible for the analysis of a wide variety of oceanographic and atmospheric data, preparation of graphics, displaying processed data/graphics on web sites and scientific paper writing.

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.
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Information Systems Technician

This position performs primary face-to-face end-user support (help desk), as well as configuration, installation, maintenance, upgrades and repair for PC and Macs and associated hardware and software throughout MBARI. 

GO-BGC Project Coordinator

This position provides project support to the NSF-funded Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array (GO-BGC) project.  This person supports team members both within MBARI and at the project partner institutions.

Administrative Assistant

This position provides administrative support to the Science area of the Research Division. Person regularly performs general office duties including, but are not limited to, preparing correspondence and documents, scheduling and planning meetings, organizing and maintaining files,gathering information from people, and working on various projects.
Machine Shop

Mechanical Engineering Technician

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

Software Engineer

MBARI deals with a full spectrum of software that comprise data pipelines touching all areas of capture, storage, analytics, prediction and visualization. The ideal candidate works well with a wide variety of customers from marine operations, engineering, and science. While first-order tasks for this position will be focusing on supporting and improving existing infrastructure, there are many areas for growth that will be required as MBARI builds a larger data infrastructure to support the growing volume and diversity of data in ocean science.

Research Engineer (Term position)

Successful recruits for this position will split time between software and other development responsibilities related to MBARI’s wave-energy conversion system, and broader involvement in other robotics and instrumentation projects.
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Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF-Funded)

The Coastal Biogeochemical Sensing and the Chemical Sensor group at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are currently seeking a postdoc to join the team. The postdoc will work on a multi-institutional, NSF-funded project to improve the accuracy of air-sea CO2 flux estimates from pH profiling platforms such as floats and gliders.

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.