May 16, 2019

Research Associate

  • Cape Eleuthera Island School
  • Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), Eleuthera, The Bahamas is regionally and internationally recognised for its marine biological research activities and facilities. We are currently seeking a full-time Research Associates to lead ecological research, education and outreach initiatives central to the mission of CEI. These positions would suit early career scientists looking to build a professional portfolio of research and education in an enabling environment. The candidate will have the flexibility to start their own research in a field of their choosing.

The ideal candidate is well-organised, adaptive yet attentive to detail, a self-starter who takes initiative, happy working in challenging field conditions, has a passion for environmental conservation and a love of teaching students of all ages. They must be willing to stretch beyond a traditional job description as they live and work closely with the local community and The Island School and Deep Creek Middle School Research Associates work in a team environment with other research staff at CEI and report to the Director. Candidates should be excited about working at a non-traditional academic institution that believes in integrating education of every level into primary research.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead a small research team focusing on their preferred subject area

Brainstorm and develop new research initiatives under the guidance of other CEI staff

Seek and assist in fundraising efforts

Analyze data and prepare manuscripts for submission in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Recruit, coordinate, train, and manage grad students, research interns, and volunteers

Provide logistical support for visiting scientists

Represent CEI at local and international events

Teach at least one semester per year at the Island School.

Liaise with CEI social media coordinators to raise awareness about your research

Skills and Qualifications

Education – MSc in Biology or a related field, preferably with a track-record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Teaching - Prior teaching experience, preferably across different age groups.

Public speaking - Excellent public speaking and presentation skill

Team Management - Experience in team management

Boating – Experience with handling small boats.

Adaptability – Able to survive and thrive in a small and tight-knit community located in a remote part of The Bahamas.

Commitment to Organizational Mission – this position requires commitment to the wider mission and values of The Cape Eleuthera Island School.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience

Accommodation, on-campus meals and individual medical insurance

26 days of paid vacation per year

Eligibility for matching retirement plan after two years of service

Professional development opportunities


This is a full-time/part time/contractual position with annual review.  The Cape Eleuthera Island School and its related entities operate year round and working hours vary depending on needs but are typically Monday-Friday (40 hours/week), however, evening and weekend work will be required.  Special events will require periods of time outside of normal working hours when staff must be on site for extended periods.  The successful candidate should expect, and desire to work a variable and mission driven schedule


Applicants should submit electronically in PDF format to the email address below:

1. Letter of application that states career interests, why you would like to work for the Cape Eleuthera Island School/Division and your relevant experience and qualifications for the position.

2. Current resume.

3. Three references (to include name, address, telephone number and email address) familiar with the applicant's work.

Submit all of these materials in PDF format detailing your interest and experience to

The anticipated start date is July 2019.

We are a Bahamian equal opportunity employer.