May 16, 2019

Ocean Science Research Associate

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

Job Description

Job Summary

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to carry out activities related to marine science. The candidate will be primarily responsible for participating in the operations of underwater gliders to measure a suite of important oceanographic variables to improve hurricane prediction models. This project will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists of the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (CIMAS) of the University of Miami and the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition to this project, the successful candidate will also have opportunities to run other independent research projects and will be expected to teach research-focused classes at the Cape Eleuthera Island School.

 Successful candidates will be primarily based at the CEI campus, which is found on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. The candidate will be required to travel regularly for training and workshops in Miami and Seattle and to carry out field work at sea. For more information on CEI, please visit and for more information on CIMAS’s glider program please visit

The position is suited for early career scientists that are enthusiastic about working at a non-traditional academic institution that supports strong integration between research, education, and outreach.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Managing the deep-sea glider program at CEI.

Brainstorm and develop new research initiatives under the guidance of CEI, NOAA/AOML, and CIMAS 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 one semester per year at the Island School.

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

Skills and Qualifications

Education – PhD in oceanography, marine science, marine physics, ocean engineering, or a related field or an MSc with over 3 years of field experience and a track-record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Experience - Knowledge of basic electronic engineering (e.g. soldering, circuit construction)

Computing Skills - Good computer skills in Unix and Microsoft environments

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.

This is a full-time position requiring a minimum one year commitment. There is potential to renew this contract over a total of three years based on an annual performance review. CEI operates year-round and working hours vary depending on project needs. A typical work week is Monday-Friday (40 hours/week), however, at times evening and weekend work will be required.


Applicants should submit electronically in PDF format:

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.

The anticipated start date is August 2019.

We are a Bahamian equal opportunity employer.