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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing, California
$60,000 – $63,000 annually
Closing date
Nov 27, 2023

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Postdoctoral Fellowship


Start date: Varies and can be discussed after acceptance of the offer.


Applications for the postdoctoral fellowship program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are currently being accepted!


MBARI’s mission is to advance marine science and engineering to understand our changing ocean. Our work focuses on diverse areas of marine and engineering research—from atoms to ecosystems. MBARI is dedicated to the development of innovative instrumentation, systems, and methods supporting scientific research in the oceans. Teams of scientists and engineers are collaborating to build innovative tools to transform what we know about ocean processes and ocean health. Ongoing programs at MBARI span marine robotics, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and engineering.


Located in Moss Landing, California at the head of Monterey Canyon, MBARI enjoys convenient access to a diverse range of ocean environments. Post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to propose investigations that take advantage of this location and our outstanding suite of resources. The Institute has well-equipped fabrication and test facilities. We operate two ocean-going research ships, a coastal workboat, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater and surface vehicles, oceanographic profilers and moorings, the MARS seafloor cabled observatory, and a wide range of oceanographic equipment. MBARI is a non-profit oceanographic research institute supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.


Postdoctoral Fellows conduct independent research in association with one or more mentors to advance their training and career development while bringing new perspectives and skills to collaborations within MBARI. Applicants should connect with potential research sponsors at MBARI, see list below, for guidance on project feasibility, relevance to ongoing research projects, resource availability, and expected start date. Offers will be made to selected candidates from the fields of biological, chemical and physical oceanography, marine geology, and engineering. Candidates must be awarded a Ph.D. degree prior to commencing the two-year appointment starting between 2023 and 2024 and complete the fellowship onsite.


Applications should include:

• Curriculum vitae (CV)

• At least three professional letters of recommendation (up to five)

• Succinct statement of your doctoral research

• A list up to three potential sponsors/PI/PEs along with a brief description why the mentor(s) align with your research and other professional goals

• A short proposal describing a potential research project you would like to undertake at MBARI

• Supplemental information form


See our website for how to apply:



Salary range:

First year – $60,000 annually

Second year – $63,000 annually


MBARI is an equal opportunity employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 



MBARI Welcomes Diversity


Application deadline: November 30, 2023

Selected candidates will be contacted soon after. 

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