Careers & Internships


The Marine Biological Laboratory offers a variety of career opportunities, ranging from the biological, ecological, and marine research sciences to administrative and technical positions. A friendly and casual working environment that benefits fully from the educational and recreational resources offered within the Woods Hole community is one of the many highlights of employment at the MBL.

How to Apply

To apply for a position that best matches your qualifications, please review our available opportunities by clicking here, and apply through our online applicant tracking system, Ultipro. You will receive an email confirmation for each successful application submission.

Application Status

We are unable to personally respond to all candidates or answer questions about the status of your application due to the high volume of applications received. Your qualifications and experience will be reviewed, and if you are a possible match, you will be contacted by phone or email. If a position is posted, it means we are actively accepting applications and has not been filled yet.

Background Checks

The Marine Biological Laboratory conducts background checks for all new employees, interns and volunteers, as well as current employees who apply to different positions within the lab.

If special accommodations are needed in completing the application form or for the interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office so that necessary arrangements can be made.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. MBL is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Disability and Veteran.

COVID-19 Information for Applicants

To help maintain the safety of our employees and community, the MBL will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including a booster shot), unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved.

For more information about employment at the MBL, or for assistance with the application process or an accommodation, please call: 508-289-7422 or email


Independent Internships

Individual investigators at the MBL have various funded opportunities each year for undergraduates to do field- and laboratory-based research as part of that investigator’s research program. See Independent Internship opportunities here.

Education Internships

Build your professional experiences, skills, and knowledge through field- and laboratory-based research opportunities. See our Education Internship opportunities here.