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Research Technician

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Technician.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division Coastal Sciences
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Salary Range 30,000.00 - 30,000.00
Posting Close Date 10/1/2019

Special Instructions to Applicants
Current funding source is anticipated to last for 2 years. 
Job Summary
The primary duties of the Research Technician are to support a laboratory- and field-based project focused on the effects of living shorelines on nekton abundances and food web structure in Mississippi coastal waters. Duties will include a combination of field work, laboratory sample processing, data analysis, and report preparation. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Assisting with field work, including quantification of nekton abundances (seines and beam plankton trawls), collecting water quality parameters with a YSI water quality sonde, and collecting water samples for nutrient analysis.

  2. Laboratory processing of nekton samples for identification, quantification, and stable isotope analysis.

  3. Calibration of YSI sondes and laboratory analysis of water samples for nutrient and dissolved organic carbon concentrations.

  4. Data entry and QA/QC of data.

  5. Conducting data analyses using univariate, multivariate, non-parametric, and spatial techniques.

  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
B.S. in a related field and previous research experience. Valid driver's license is also required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to operate small vessel (15-18 ft) for field work.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
Ability to be flexible.
A logical and independent mind.
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
Patience and determination.
Teamwork and Interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individuals.

Preferred Qualifications  
Preferred qualifications include experience with fish and water sample processing, data analysis, and experience conducting field research.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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