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

Our work enables research in chemical, physical, and biological oceanography. Among many advanced technologies for ocean science developed at MBARI, the engineering team has designed and built autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), a wave-energy extraction system, a benthic seafloor explorer, and underwater laser and imaging systems. If you have the interest and experience to contribute to our work, then we would be excited to have you join our team.

Ocean Observatory Intern

The Ocean Observatory Intern will assist in the construction, deployment, recovery and maintenance of oceanographic moorings. The Intern will be required to carry out tasks related to preparing an oceanographic mooring for deployment and for assisting in the disassembly of a mooring. 

Submersible Specialist

This term position supports the operation of MBARI’s fleet of submersible vehicles in a reliable and effective manner. The incumbent will fill temporary personnel resource gaps, to operate and maintain multiple submersible platform types.

Chief Mate, R/V Western Flyer

Reporting to the Master of the R/V Western Flyer, the Chief Mate is second in command of the vessel and ensures the safety and effectiveness of all deck operations and ship’s equipment.

Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF funded)

The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) team at MBARI seeks an energetic and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to participate in studies using biogeochemical observations from profiling floats to develop understanding of ocean biogeochemistry.

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.