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Postdoctoral Scientist in Quantitative Kelp Forest Ecology

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences East Boothbay, ME



Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to join a highly collaborative research group, mentored by Dr. Doug Rasher, to carry out the objectives of the NSF EPSCoR Maine environmental DNA (eDNA) program. This position resides within the “Species on the Move” project (Theme 2), which aims to reveal the causes and consequences of species range shifts that are now transpiring across Maine's kelp forest ecosystem. The successful candidate will integrate and analyze large and diverse datasets using advanced statistical techniques to map range shifts, reveal emergent changes to biodiversity, and identify underlying drivers. Data types include subtidal visual census data generated by SCUBA divers, highly curated eDNA data from kelp forests, and environmental data derived from in situ sensors or satellites.

The successful candidate will spearhead the preparation of manuscripts for submission to widely-read scientific journals, disseminate key findings internally and externally through presentations, co-mentor undergraduate student interns, and assist with project reporting. Furthermore, they will assist Maine eDNA graduate students with data analysis and data visualization, and more generally engage with and support a dynamic and inclusive research group. Importantly, they will also ensure data quality and archive datasets in public repositories, making project data and workflows open-access to the public. While not required, the Associate may have opportunities to conduct fieldwork in collaboration with project personnel.

Screening of candidates will begin September 30th, with an expectation that the candidate will be available to start on January 1, 2023. A hybrid remote/in-person arrangement may be considered. The salary band for this position starts at $51,617, with a generous benefits package including health care, retirement contribution, and paid time off. This position is funded for two years.



  • PhD in Biology, Ecology, Marine Science, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of – and a record of excellence in – advanced statistics / quantitative ecology.
  • Knowledge of coastal ecosystems and the processes that shape their structure, function, and resilience.
  • General understanding of eDNA data, their strengths and limitations, and their potential applications.


  • Advanced computer programming skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish findings (and make data open-access) on defined timelines.


  • Highly organized, with a superb attention to detail.
  • A suite of traits that embody professionalism, inclusivity, and scientific rigor.


  • Past experience in a “team science” setting, having worked effectively with diverse groups of collaborators.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin September 30, 2022. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Individuals seeking more information about this position or needing to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or (207) 315-2567, ext. 107.

Benefits of a Postdoctoral Scientist Position at Bigelow Laboratory

Postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to formal professional training programs as well as unique opportunities for grant writing, student mentoring, and teaching. For additional details, see

With this position, a competitive compensation package is offered with a salary range starting at $51,617; employee, family, and domestic partner health insurance; 403(b) retirement contribution; and paid time off including parental leave.

Working at Bigelow Laboratory

Bigelow Laboratory is an inclusive community of scientists from around the world that welcomes and supports diverse opinions and cultures. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences strives to maintain an environment that allows our employees to flourish through respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of others. We believe there is power in embracing the full diversity of humanity to advance science and are committed to supporting each other as individuals worthy of respect.

Bigelow Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

About Midcoast Maine

Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, ideally 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 a 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.