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Marine Biological Laboratory

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is one of the oldest and most eminent private research laboratories in the United States. Founded in 1888, the MBL is dedicated to scientific discovery– exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. More than 50 scientists affiliated with the laboratory have been recognized with Nobel Prizes. The MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

The MBL’s oldest and most singular strength is its convening power, attracting the world’s leading scientists and students to Woods Hole. The MBL employees approximately 250 year-round employees, about half of which are scientists and scientific staff. However, the number of scientists and students in residence over the course of an entire year exceeds 1,200 when scientists come from around the world to carry out research or teach in our courses.

Central to the MBL’s identity are its advanced, discovery-based courses for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Each year, MBL courses attract a diverse population of over 500 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 300 institutions and over 30 countries.

The MBL is committed to the principle that diversity among its employees, visiting scientists, faculty members, and students optimizes scientific progress and training. With a long history of convening individuals from around the world to learn and carry out research together, we invite others to join us with open arms. We believe that the prominence and integrity of MBL is best served by employing and educating individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives especially those that are underrepresented in science.

Opportunities at the MBL

Come be a part of our history and make MBL a part of yours.

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graduate-level courses in embryology, physiology, neurobiology, microbiology, and parasitology

The MBL offers advanced, graduate-level courses in embryology, physiology, neurobiology, microbiology, and parasitology for six to nine weeks each summer. (Photo by Kevin Begos)