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Tenure Track Faculty Position - Estuarine/Coastal Ecology

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Tenure Track Faculty Position - Estuarine/Coastal Ecology.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division Coastal Sciences
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted online ( For full consideration, submit the following by November 15, 2019: (1) letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of research interests, accomplishments, and plans; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) PDFs of three representative publications, and (6) contact information for three references. All documents must be uploaded at the time of submission. 

Job Summary 
The Division of Coastal Sciences in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi invites qualified applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Estuarine/Coastal Ecology at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in Fall 2020.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
We seek an ecologist with a focus on estuarine/coastal organisms and ecosystems. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to: fish/fisheries ecology; trophic ecology; natural and anthropogenic stressors in coastal ecosystems; ecosystem modeling. The candidate will be expected to: (1) develop a strong, nationally recognized and externally funded research program; (2) publish in peer-reviewed literature; (3) mentor graduate students; and (4) participate in graduate instruction in the Division of Coastal Sciences and School of Ocean Science and Engineering. Evaluation of applications will consider the potential of candidates to develop collaboration within SOSE, as well as with other USM academic units including the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences.

Additional Information:
SOSE includes two academic divisions, Coastal Sciences and Marine Science, and four R&D centers: Center for Fisheries Research and Development, Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, Marine Education Center, and the Hydrographic Science Research Center. The position will be located in Ocean Springs at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Research program support includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation; a fleet of small and large research vessels including the R/V Point Sur; the GCRL Museum collection; facilities at the Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD) and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TCMAC); and the NSF I/UCRC Science Center for Marine Fisheries. Ocean Springs is known for its beauty, natural resources, and arts. It is home to galleries, restaurants, and schools that are ranked among the best in the state.

For additional information contact Dr. Zachary Darnell (

Minimum Qualifications 
A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline. 

Preferred Qualifications  
Publication in peer-reviewed literature and a record of scholarship, service, and grant development. 

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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