Research Scientist / Marine Microbial Biodiscovery & Biotechnology


Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is seeking a Scientist with a background in applied microbiology to lead a program in marine biodiscovery. It is envisioned that this program will use cutting edge molecular techniques to accelerate the discovery of new organisms, biosynthetic processes, and novel molecules with the potential to impact biotechnology and human health. The candidate will be expected to develop and implement a program that supports institution goals related to discovery, development, and commercialization of research findings. We will consider scientists at all career levels, but strongly encourage applications from scientists with established research programs that fit GMGI’s mission.

The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to build multi-disciplinary teams of collaborators from academia and industry. This position is an extraordinary opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial scientist who is excited to help build a world-class research institute.


  • Develop research projects related to discovery of novel marine microbial species, genes, and gene products with biotechnology or therapeutic applications using novel approaches including ‘omics, molecular biology, synthetic biology
  • Plan and oversee the collection of samples from the marine environment as a basis for new discovery
  • Analyze ‘omics data using bioinformatic pipelines optimized for discovery of novel species, genes, and gene products with biotechnology or therapeutic applications
  • Develop in-house capabilities to screen for selected target activities
  • Oversee the expansion of a repository of novel marine bacteria and fungi and maximize development of partnership opportunities for this resource
  • Establish collaborations with leading academic and industry partners to achieve research objectives and realize commercial potential of research outcomes
  • Publish results in leading scientific journals and present results at scientific conferences
  • Take a primary role in identifying new funding opportunities and grant writing
  • Assist in fund-raising effort for the institution, give presentations to stakeholders, donors and general audiences
  • Contribute to GMGI’s commitment to create a science community on Cape Ann
  • Supervise research staff and interns across the full spectrum of skills from field to bench to computational analysis


  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or a related field
  • Background in applying molecular approaches to marine-related questions with applied outcomes
  • Bioinformatics skills for analysis of large data sets
  • Proficient with the Linux environment and knowledge in command line software, shell scripting and applying scripts of commonly used languages for biological data analysis (e.g. Perl, Python, R)
  • History of success as a driving force in research projects with a track record of acquiring research funding through grants or other sources
  • Knowledge of intellectual property protection and the process of commercializing research outcomes
  • Experience managing multi-disciplinary project teams and academic/industry partnerships
  • Strong publication record and a capacity to conduct innovative, high-quality research
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated record of leadership, integrity and flexibility
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to GMGI’s mission for science and education

This position will report to the Science Director.

It’s our goal as an employer to provide an enriching and supportive environment for our employees. We are proud to offer a benefit package that includes:

  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Flex Spending Accounts
  • Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 10 Paid Holidays

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to .

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US.

About GMGI

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) was launched in 2013 in the belief that the ocean represents a new source of opportunity. As a not-for-profit whose ambitious mission is to “address critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education” GMGI is demonstrating that there is vast potential in marine science discovery powered by genomics. Our science strategy is based on a platform of advanced ‘omics technologies with three focus areas (1) Biotechnology & Biomedicine, (2) Ecosystem Function & Health and (3) Fisheries & Aquaculture.

GMGI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need.

In addition to researching diversity in our oceans, GMGI is committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and classrooms. We know that having varied backgrounds and experiences stimulates discussion and new ideas. We are committed to taking action on diversity, equity, and inclusion through providing substantial training opportunities to increase our self-awareness as an organization, and building a team of staff and students from uniquely different backgrounds. Please visit our website for more information: