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Tenure Track Position – Fisheries Ecology

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Tenure Track Position – Fisheries 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
Pay Grade


Posting Close Date Open until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted online ( For full consideration, submit the following by December 31, 2022: (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.

SOSE offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Coastal Sciences, Hydrographic Science, Marine Biology, Marine Science, and Ocean Engineering, and a certificate program in Uncrewed Maritime Systems. The faculty and staff of SOSE leverage its location on the Gulf Coast and expertise in marine and coastal science, engineering, and policy to address challenges facing coastal and marine environments regionally, nationally, and internationally. SOSE has significant research infrastructure and facilities across four principal sites spanning the Mississippi Gulf Coast: the NASA Stennis Space Center, the Gulf Park Campus at Long Beach, the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise at the Port of Gulfport and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. This 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; 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 community. It is home to galleries, restaurants, and schools that are ranked among the best in the state.

For additional information contact Dr. Zachary Darnell (

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 Fisheries Ecology at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, to begin in Fall 2023, contingent upon the availability of funds.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
We seek a scientist with a focus on marine and coastal fisheries ecology. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to: fisheries ecology, fisheries oceanography, population dynamics, human dimensions, and economics. 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 and undergraduate instruction in the Division of Coastal Sciences and School of Ocean Science and Engineering. The standard distribution of effort for tenure-track faculty members in the Division of Coastal Sciences is 70% research, 20% teaching, and 10% service pre-tenure and 65% research, 20% teaching, and 15% service post-tenure. Evaluation of applications will consider the potential of candidates to develop collaboration with other USM academic units including the Division of Marine Science.

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
the ability to effectively and efficiently collaborate with others in a group.
takes initiative to be proactive and responsive in communicating with the university community and participating in school, college, university research and service.
Intelligent risk-taking/Problem Solving:
 the ability to weigh potential benefits and disadvantages of exercising one's choice or action to assume calculated risks; the ability to determine the cause of a problem by identifying prioritizing, and selecting alternatives for a solution and then implementing a solution.
the willingness to change or compromise according to the situation.
Professional Commitment:
the desire to stay current by acquiring new knowledge and seeking explanations- even when the applications for that new learning are not immediately apparent; the ability and desire to continually improve their mastery of discipline/Academic field, their excellence in pedagogy, and their active participation in the university’s mission.
Academic Perseverance:
 the drive to persist based on the belief that projects will result in better learning for students and improvements beyond one's own institution; the drive to engage in goal directed behavior in order to see projects through from implementation to completion.
 the ability to initiate and leverage available resources to further a goal.
the ability to motivate or persuade others to act to achieve a goal by communicating a vision, communicating and supporting the vision of the organization, and inspiring trust; the ability to lead students through mentoring and pedagogically sound educational experiences.
Inclusion & Diversity:
the ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research projects, and committee work. Design learning opportunities that acknowledge, draw upon and are enriched by student diversity.
the ability to convey information in numerous ways at different levels such that it is understood by different audiences (students, colleagues, general public) and delivered in a sensitive and inclusive manner.
Technology Proficiency: 
the ability to use technology to communicate effectively and professionally, organize information, produce high-quality products, and enhance thinking skills; the desire and ability to achieve proficiency in technological tools and devices through experience and instruction.

Preferred Qualifications  
Publication in peer-reviewed literature and a record of scholarship, service, and grant development appropriate for the applicant’s rank.

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 across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 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 large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 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 more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 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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