Ocean Career: Postdoctoral Scientist in Blue Carbon Biogeochemistry at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral scientist with experience in aquatic or terrestrial biogeochemical processes to help lead a project to assess the carbon uptake and sequestration capacity of coastal marine sediments to store macro-algal derived carbon produced through the activities of seaweed aquaculture farms.

Experience in developing and quantifying carbon budgets (e.g., water column carbonate chemistry and/or sedimentary organic carbon cycling), and evaluating associated biogeochemical processes is preferred, as the person will be expected to lead this aspect of the project. Additionally, experience, or an interest in, biochemical profiling of major macro-algal macromolecules would be beneficial.

This position offers the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of benthic ecologists, phycologists, and microbiologists working on molecular-based methods to assess macro-algal carbon deposition associated with the growing Maine seaweed industry. The greater framework of this project is to develop verification methods to evaluate the potential for aquaculture farms to participate in the voluntary blue carbon markets. This project will offer the opportunity to participate in local field work, supervise undergraduate students, participate in educational courses offered at Bigelow Laboratory, as well as interact with a cohort of postdocs and graduate students. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the Maine Blue Carbon Network and state and municipal efforts to consider the relevance of macroalgal subsidies to carbon budgeting.

Screening of candidates will begin September 10th with expectation candidate will be available to start in Fall 2022. The salary band for this position is $51,617 - $74,324, with a generous benefits package including health care, retirement contribution, and paid time off. This position is funded for two years, with the possibility of continued funding.


  • Ph.D. in a field related to biogeochemistry
  • Demonstrated experience relevant to sedimentary biogeochemical processes and/or water column carbonate chemistry
  • Requisite laboratory and data analyses skills and demonstrated potential to apply modeling approaches.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Application deadline: position open until filled
Location: East Boothbay, ME

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