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Post Doctoral Researcher

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Post Doctoral Researcher.

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 Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. 
Be sure to include: 1) a cover letter detailing qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae and; 3) names and contact information for three references.

Southern Miss is an R1 Carnegie Research University – Highest Research Activity and is the premier university in the Gulf South for marine science. The Division of Marine Science is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center, which is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers. The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background security check to work at Stennis, and a USM employment background check.

Job Summary
Work closely with the USM Marine Science faculty on the continued development of an ocean data collection system in the Mississippi Bight region with a focus on developing capabilities for autonomous platforms to repetitively map the seafloor and water column parameters. The successful candidate will work under the mobile bathymetry and water column data collection system task of the project titled “High-Resolution Coastal Test Area Sensor and Model Development.” The project aims to improve the predictive capability of coastal ocean models supported by realtime observations of key coastal environmental variables.

The research topic includes realtime survey planning onboard the autonomous platform, developing and executing autonomous data collection missions, new data processing techniques for bathymetric and water column data collected with multi frequency multibeam sonars.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to present research findings at scientific conferences, meetings, and workshops. Publish articles in scientific journals and contribute to and write new funding proposals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Install, Integrate, and calibrate bathymetric sonars and positioning and orientation systems on the autonomous platform

  2. Collect and process multibeam multi-frequency backscatter and bathymetric data using autonomous platform

  3. Develop custom algorithms in Python to do advance processing on multibeam data

  4. Conduct original research in the field of Hydrography, Ocean mapping

  5. Present the results of original research at regional, national, and international scientific conferences, workshops, and meetings

  6. Participate in project meetings, collaborate with the project team members, and perform other research duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications 
Ph.D. or equivalent in Hydrography, Ocean Mapping, Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, Ocean Engineering, or a relevant discipline. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Proven record of documenting research and technical work through printed publications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of Multibeam sonars and hydrographic surveys
Knowledge of computer system networking like LAN, VLAN, IP radios
Offshore survey experience
ability to learn software and systems
ability to travel with overnight stays onshore and offshore
Skill in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software packages

Preferred Qualifications  
Experience with hydrographic surveys using multi-frequency multibeam sonars
Experience with an unmanned, autonomous surface vessel operations.
Experience with multibeam data processing and software development using Python.
Familiarity with Linux and windows operating systems
First authored publication in refereed journals and the ability to communicate scientific results orally.

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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