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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Ocean Optics and Remote Sensing

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate – Ocean Optics and Remote Sensing.

Position Details
Location John C. Stennis Space Center

1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529
United States
Division Marine Science
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applicants begins immediately, and the positions will remain open until filled.
Applicants must supply: 1) a cover letter detailing qualifications; 2) a two-page statement of research interests; 3) a current curriculum vitae and; 4) names and contact information for three references. The Division of Marine Science is located at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center, which is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of marine scientists. The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background security check to work at Stennis, and a USM employment background check. The appointment is planned for one year, and will be reviewed annually with renewal based upon performance and funding.

Job Summary
Two post-doctoral positions are available in the field of Ocean Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing. Successful candidates will conduct fundamental investigation in (1) quantifying the optical properties of particles, (2) applying innovative optical observation to characterize oceanic particles, and (3) developing physically based ocean color algorithms to improve the retrieval of inherent optical properties and particle properties. While both positions involve the research in those three areas, each has its focus. Position 1 is focused on investigating the effect of internal structure of particles on angular scattering of light and its polarization. Position 2 is focused on developing innovative algorithms utilizing the multi-angle polarimetry observation to retrieve the angular scattering information and to improve BRDF correction to hyperspectral ocean color observation from the next generation ocean color mission, PACE.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
1. Conducts and analyzes laboratory and field measurements to determine the angular scattering and polarization, and other optical and biogeochemical parameters;
2. Investigates the influence of particle characteristics on the volume scattering function and polarization;
3. Develops algorithms to characterize particles using angular scattering and polarization;
4. Reports the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and professional conferences; and
5. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Candidates are required to have a Ph. D. degree in the field of marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related physical science discipline by the time of application. Fundamental knowledge in ocean or atmospheric optics and radiative transfer. Candidates must possess demonstrable experience in conducting science with peer-reviewed publications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge in ocean optics or atmospheric optics, and ocean color remote sensing
A logical and independent mind
Meticulous attention to details and accuracy
Ability to set up and operate lab and field instruments
Quantitative analytical skills
Scientific programming proficiency
Excellent command of the English language in both written and verbal communication
Ability to occasional travel for conferences and possible extended field trip onboard a research vessel at sea.

Preferred Qualifications  
Experience in analyzing and interpreting optical measurements collected in the lab and/or from the field and applying ocean color remote sensing data. 

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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