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Principal Investigator or Principal Engineer (focus on seafloor patterns and processes)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing, California 95039
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Principal Investigator or Principal Engineer 

(focus on seafloor patterns and processes) 


Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (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. MBARI’s Strategic Plan and Technology Roadmap set forth institutional priorities related to a series of interconnected scientific and engineering challenges that MBARI is uniquely poised to address.


MBARI is hiring a Principal Investigator or Principal Engineer to develop an independent research program investigating seafloor patterns and processes, including but not limited to geology, chemistry, biology, or ecology. We seek to promote a programmatic vision that fosters the development of novel observational and analytical methods to advance our understanding of the interplay between abiotic and biotic systems in the deep sea. 


Principal Investigators/Engineers are responsible for conceiving and executing original research programs, and for the development of technology and analytical methods in support of the objectives of the Institute. 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, and disseminating its developments and discoveries to a broad audience. Principal Investigators/Engineers organize and conduct at-sea research and operations activities as required, and 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 vitae, a statement of research interests in relation to MBARI’s organization, and the names and addresses of four professional references to jobs@mbari.org, 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. 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. 



MBARI Welcomes Diversity


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 and potential to secure extramural funding. Applicants at an early- to mid-career stage (equivalent to an incoming assistant to associate professor) with a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary, team-oriented environment are encouraged to apply. 


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Posted: 2020-09-03 Expires: 2020-10-03
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