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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Andres

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate - Andres.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division Coastal Sciences
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Salary Range 57,500.00 - 57,500.00
Posting Close Date Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested candidates should include a cover letter outlining experience and interests, a CV, unofficial transcripts, and the contact information for three references.
Job Summary
The primary duties of the Postdoctoral Research Associate are to support the Estuarine Movement and Ecology Lab with data analyses and fieldwork related to ongoing fish ecology and movement research in the Pearl and Pascagoula watersheds, Mississippi Sound, and northern Gulf of Mexico. This project will require working closely with the PI, other lab personnel, and collaborators at state and federal agencies. The candidate will have the opportunity to pursue and develop their own research within the context of project goals. Funding is available for two years.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist with data collection and analysis of telemetered fish species.
  2. Develop research products from previously collected data aimed at understanding drivers of fish movement and habitat use.
  3. Participate in field sampling events including collection and tagging of large nekton; collection of sediment and infaunal data; collection of habitat data; and collection of small nekton using seines.
  4. Assist with QA/QC of data.
  5. Coordinate with the PI and other lab personnel on report and publication writing, presentation preparation, etc…
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in fisheries science, ecology, marine biology, or a related field.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 

  • The ability work during hot times of the year, in difficult (muddy bottom) field conditions, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a USM employment background check.
Preferred Qualifications  
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • A logical and independent mind.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Patience and determination.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with spatial data analysis, telemetry analysis, or community analyses in R.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individuals as evidenced through publications in peer-reviewed literature and presentations.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Since our founding in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi has remained dedicated to preparing students for success. We deliver programs to more than 13,000 students in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. We are a community-engaged Carnegie R1 university, earning distinction as one of the nation's leading research institutions.

Southern Miss is known for pioneering work in polymer science, ocean science, spectator sports safety and security, and bringing language to children with communication disorders. We are also a national leader in a broad range of disciplines, including cybersecurity, hydrography, nutrition, aquaculture, kinesiology, and economic development, among others.

We produce graduates ready to enter fields that are leading the way in emerging technologies through programs such as computer engineering, information technology, and ocean engineering. We’re developing the next generation of business leaders, while also responding to critical workforce shortages by producing skilled professionals in education and nursing. With a tradition of excellence in the arts, we are one of only 36 public institutions in the nation accredited in four major areas of the arts. Home to the Golden Eagles, our student-athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports. With a culture marked by passion and persistence, Southern Miss is delivering graduates who are ready for life. 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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