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Research Technician – Chem Sensors Lab

Research Technician – Chem Sensors Lab

Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, MBARI is dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing new instruments, methods, and systems for advancing scientific research in the ocean. Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MBARI offers ready access to the open ocean and deep sea. Ongoing research programs range across autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicle systems, control technologies, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, ocean instrumentation, and information management. MBARI hosts approximately 200 employees, with shore facilities that include state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories, manufacturing and electrical fabrication shops, and dock facilities for MBARI vessels.

MBARI seeks a Research Technician to assist with the management of data from the biogeochemical profiling floats operated as part of the Global Ocean Biogeochemistry (GO-BGC; and Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM; arrays. These are NSF funded projects to deploy large arrays of profiling floats across the global ocean. The hire will report to Ken Johnson.

The selected candidate will work closely with MBARI research staff to process profiling float data, monitor sensor performance and conduct routine quality control on data streams. The individual will also work with international partners in support of the global Biogeochemical Argo program (BGC-Argo). Additional tasks include collaborative maintenance and development of data processing code as well as preparation and upkeep of processing documentation. The applicant will also be expected to assist with some backend database design and management.

Required qualifications:
• Master’s Degree or equivalent experience, preferably in Marine Science with some familiarity with ocean biogeochemistry
• Experience in numerical processing of data
• Must be able to work with diverse groups of people

Desired qualifications:
• Matlab experience
• Web design, Python, and HTML experience
• May be required to go to sea for specified periods of time

Ready to apply?

Job Code: Research Tech Johnson 

Please submit a cover letter, including reference to relevant training and/or experience, and a curriculum vitae by e-mail to with the job code, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

Jessica Chapman
Job Code: Research Tech Johnson
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Salary range:
$60,000 – $80,000/year

MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, 403B retirement plan, and paid time off, such as vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

MBARI is a non-profit, private oceanographic research institute, and an equal opportunity employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local laws.

MBARI Welcomes Diversity