CCMI seeks to hire innovative, creative, early career scientists who can make great discoveries. Our key strategic goal is to become the premiere research institution in the Caribbean, unlocking the clues to coral reef resilience and bringing relevant science to society. We seek extraordinary employees to help us bring to focus the positive changes that can occur when we reduce human impact on the planet.

Current Positions Available

Postdoctoral Researcher

CCMI seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher with experience in coral reef ecology, scientific technical diving, and analysis of large data sets to assist with execution of a newly funded project exploring and documenting biodiversity of offshore seamounts in the Cayman Islands. We seek extraordinary employees to help us bring to focus the positive changes that can occur when we reduce human impact on the planet. Through organization, coordination, and execution of various aspects of the research conducted by the REEL group, the postdoc will ensure the highest standard of experimental design, in situ field work, and data acquisition while maintaining a high rate of publication productivity and stakeholder engagement. Full position description HERE.


Position to start: Aug 15, 2022
Term of employment: 2.5 years
Location: Little Cayman Island
Reports to:  Research Manager & Research Director


  • PhD in Marine Science or related field 
  • Experience conducting and coordinating underwater field research, experience coordinating liveaboard expeditions preferred
  • Minimum dive certification level of Rescue with nitrox, decompression and CCR diver certification preferred 
  • Certified AAUS scientific diver with experience in open ocean diving
  • Strong publication record 
  • History of successful grant writing 
  • Experience handling and maintaining scientific samples and equipment  
  • Experience with grant reporting, budget tracking, and data management 
  • Excellent data analysis skills, including coding (R preferred) 
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and team building skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and open to direction in a collaborative working environment 
  • Willingness to work odd hours when required to deliver a program 
  • Willing and able to reside full-time on Little Cayman  


Annual salary of US$50,000 + benefits including paid vacation and contributions to health insurance and pension 

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and CV as a single PDF, and 2 letters of reference to Application and letters of reference should include the name of the applicant in the document title, i.e. lastname_application.pdf, lastname_LOR.pdf. Applications submitted before June 15 receive full consideration.

Marine Education Intern

CCMI’s Education team is seeking two interns to join the team this June in support of the onsite education programmes available at the Little Cayman Research Centre.

Location: Little Cayman Research Centre

Application Deadline: 13 May 2022

Dates: 3 month internship (potential to extend to 6 months), beginning on/about 1 June 2022

Join CCMI’s Education team this summer and support CCMI’s education programmes at the Little Cayman Research Centre. The successful applicant for the Marine Education Internship will assist with the preparation and implementation of our summer marine ecology camps and other education programmes as required, and work with the research team on ongoing coral resilience and restoration projects. This position is available to Caymanians, those located in the Cayman Islands and international applicants. 

The applicant will need to be proficient in the water, ideally with a PADI (or similar) Divemaster qualification. You must be passionate about the ocean, teaching students and creating a positive and engaging environment for young people to not only learn but have the best experience of their lives. This role is hands on, you will learn a huge range of skills, while living on a remote tropical island at a fully functional marine research facility. You need to love new challenges, enjoy working with a team and most importantly, want to make a difference in terms of ocean literacy and educating the next generation.  

Application Instructions:

Applications, consisting of cover letter, a full CV and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your consent) should be sent to  

Application deadline for the internship will be 13 May 2022, with a start date of 1 June. 

If you would like to experience living on a remote island and being part of dynamic team, we encourage you to apply.

Bogue Swim Scholarship

CCMI is pleased to launch the ‘Bogue Swim’ Marine Research Scholarship in support of graduate student research. The scholarship is available to anyone currently enrolled in a degree-granting graduate programme who wishes to conduct their dissertation field research at CCMI. Two (2) US$6,000 grants will be awarded to use towards the costs of conducting field work. The funds are intended to assist with research costs including economy round-trip airfare from the US or UK, room and board at CCMI, boat and lab fees, and other costs directly associated with research conducted at CCMI; they will not support tuition, living stipend, or student loan payments. The aim of the scholarship is to enable young researchers to initiate their field work in the Cayman Islands.

Please view the full scholarship qualifications and details HERE. To apply submit a CV, cover letter, research proposal, and one (1) letter of reference to

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 15 April 2022.

Award Notification: 1st May 2022

Open travel period: June – December 2022

Women in Ocean Science Award Internship

Early-career women with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in marine science or a related field and scuba certification (preferably rescue level or higher) are eligible to apply. Strong candidates will have experience in field research, reef surveys, GIS mapping, photo and video interpretation, maintaining and calibrating instruments, or other uniquely qualifying skills.

Candidate should compile the following documents to submit one PDF document as application via email to 

  • Application statement indicating how the award can advance your career (no more than one page in length), you may wish to speak about special challenges that have led to your interests and career choice/your own ideas about diversity in the ocean sciences, and
  • CV no more than two pages in length, inclusive of any publications.

The candidate must also seek two letters of support. These letters are a required component of the application and must be submitted directly by the referees to by 1 March 2022. More details on the Women in Ocean Science Award programme can be found HERE.