Post Doctoral Researcher
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Post Doctoral Researcher.
John C. Stennis Space Center
1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529
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Special Instructions to Applicants
applicants begins immediately, and the position will remain open until
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.
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
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
- Install, Integrate, and calibrate bathymetric sonars and positioning and orientation systems on the autonomous platform
- Collect and process multibeam multi-frequency backscatter and bathymetric data using autonomous platform
- Develop custom algorithms in Python to do advance processing on multibeam data
- Conduct original research in the field of Hydrography, Ocean mapping
- Present the results of original research at regional, national, and international scientific conferences, workshops, and meetings
- Participate in project meetings, collaborate with the project team members, and perform other research duties as assigned
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
learn software and systems
travel with overnight stays onshore and offshore
Skill in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software packages
Experience with hydrographic
surveys using multi-frequency multibeam sonars
with an unmanned, autonomous surface vessel operations.
with multibeam data processing and software development using Python.
with Linux and windows operating systems
publication in refereed journals and the ability to communicate scientific
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 www.usm.edu.
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.