Postdoctoral Researcher in Phycology

East Boothbay, ME   |   Full time


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral phycologist interested in applying research on mineral content, nutraceutical qualities, biochemical composition, and optimized cultivation techniques for macroalgae species to work with Drs. Nichole Price, Steve Archer, and David Emerson. Experience in aspects of nutrient uptake, regulation of allelochemical defense, environmental stress tolerance, and linking reactive oxygen metabolism and secondary metabolites to production potential and product valuation through physiological assays and systematic literature review (meta-analyses) would be a definite benefit.

Position Details

Our aim is to identify promising macroalgae species and elicit peak performance from a suite of potential candidates in an industrial application to boost animal and/or soil health. We consider this research to be commercially valuable and so it will combine applied 'non-disclosure' aspects with pure, publishable research investigations. This position will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration and pursuit of independent funding. This position will supervise a technician and undergraduate students. The main duties would be primary production and tissue quality analyses using a wide variety of methods; stress tolerance, species competition, and nutrient uptake assays; statistical analyses and database generation; and manuscript preparation.


1. Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemical Ecology, Benthic Marine Ecology or Phycology.

2. Knowledge and understanding of biochemistry of enzyme-based halogenation processes and polyphenolic compound production.

3. Experience with macroalgae cultivation, husbandry, and processing.

4. Strong oral and written skills, demonstrated publication record, ability to work in a cross-institutional team.


Please submit a cover letter and CV by clicking the "Apply Now" button above. Screening of candidates will begin December 20th with expectation candidate will be available in February, 2020.

About Midcoast Maine

Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, perfectly situated to provide access to the very best Maine has to offer. Within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. Our peninsula is home to fishermen and sea captains, marine biologists, nature lovers, botanists and gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more. Learn more about the Boothbay Harbor Region here.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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