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. Candidate interests may span the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or interplay between abiotic and biotic systems associated within the deep-sea floor. MBARI Principal Investigators lead small research groups that collaborate with Engineering Division staff and other researchers, organize and conduct at-sea research operations, and disseminate developments and discoveries to a broad audience.

Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, MBARI is uniquely dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing state-of-the-art instruments, methods, and systems for advancing scientific research in the ocean. Principal Investigators are responsible for conceiving and executing original research programs, and for the development of technology and analytical methods. Individuals in these positions are expected to have exceptional competence in addressing important research questions in ocean science and technology. Their research program is expected to become a significant contribution towards MBARI’s primary goal of advancing ocean research and technology broadly as outlined in MBARI’s Strategic Plan and Technology Roadmap.

A Doctorate or equivalent in a scientific or engineering discipline and a minimum of 3 years demonstrated success in conducting research is required, along with a record of significant, original, and promising research contributions. Applicants at an early- to mid-career stage (equivalent to an assistant to associate professor) with a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary, team-oriented environment are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will report directly to the Science or Engineering Division Chair.

MBARI, located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, offers ready access to the open ocean and deep-sea, and embodies a balanced emphasis on science and engineering. 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. Our operations division supports two MBARI-owned research ships, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), deep-sea cabled observatory, and other sea-going assets. More information about MBARI and its current research and staff is available here.

MBARI enjoys cooperative relationships with a host of neighboring academic and government institutions, including Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the Naval Postgraduate School, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University Monterey Bay, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, offering many opportunities for collaborative research and education. Our partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium also provides unique opportunities for public outreach and for engaging resource managers as well as policy makers.

Prospective applicants should send a current curriculum vita, a statement of research interests including a brief overview of current and expected future directions in relation to science, engineering, and marine operations support available at MBARI, and the names and addresses of four professional references to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

MBARI, Norm Steinberg, Director of Human Resources
Job Code:  Seafloor
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA  95039

We are currently receiving applications for this position, which will remain open until filled. We expect to begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on October 1, 2021. MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package consistent with peer positions at other non-profit and academic institutions.

MBARI is a non-profit, private oceanographic research institute, and 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.


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