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Marine Biological Laboratory Research Assistant I - Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts


The Ecosystems Center seeks a Research Assistant Level I to join our team studying restoration and recovery of coastal ponds degraded by wastewater pollution. This position will include field and lab work intended to measure pond oxygen dynamics and metabolism, nutrient and organic matter transport and exchange between embayments and the surrounding Vineyard Sound throughout the annual cycle. Additional work may include sampling sediments to measure nutrient fluxes. The research assistant will work with lead investigator(s) and senior personnel to collect water samples, conduct chemical analyses, deploy and recover field instrumentation in estuaries on Cape Cod, and enter and help process the resulting data. They will also be responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly laboratory space.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension depending on funding availability.


Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, geoscience or environmental science and relevant field/lab experience.


Experience with basic biogeochemical measurements such as elemental analysis, analysis of dissolved ammonia, nitrate and phosphorus in natural waters, and chlorophyll measurements is helpful. Knowledge of Excel and/or R-programming is desirable. Applicants should be comfortable working on small boats (12-25 ft) and enjoy being outdoors as well as working in the lab.


This position requires field work under sometimes challenging environmental conditions.


Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume/CV

  • List of 3 References - Names and contact information only. Please do not submit unsolicited letters.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)