Postdoctoral Researcher in Phycology

East Boothbay, ME   |   Full time


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is Seeking a postdoctoral phycologist interested in researching the biochemical composition and optimized cultivation techniques for macroalgae species. Our aim is to identify promising macroalgae to be used as livestock feeds in order to develop new markets for macroalgal culture and provide key solutions to agriculture that include boosting animal and/or soil health and reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emission footprint. An important aspect of soil health improvement is related to carbon sequestration. In addition, we are interested in the capacity of algal products to suppress enteric methane emissions in ruminants. Experience in any of the following would be a definite benefit: aspects of nutrient uptake, allelochemical and antimicrobial defense, environmental stress tolerance, reactive oxygen regulation and secondary metabolite production. This position is initially funded for 2 years. It will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration across the northeast U.S. region with academic, non-profit, and commercial entities and pursuit of independent funding.


1. Ph.D. in Chemical Ecology, Phycology, Benthic Marine Ecology or a related field

2. Knowledge of algal biochemistry and physiology  

3. Experience with macroalgae cultivation, husbandry, and processing would be a plus

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


Please submit a cover letter and CV using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin February 24, 2020 with expectation candidate will be available in April of 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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