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Research Technician

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Technician.

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 E Beach Dr
Ocean Springs, 39564
United States
Division Coastal Sciences
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply complete the online application and attach the following documentation:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and competencies of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted.)
  • A current resume (maximum 2 pages.)
  • Academic transcript(s) (can be unofficial.)
  • Three professional references (including name, title, affiliation, phone number and e-mail address. Note that personal references do not count as professional.)
  • Review of applications will begin on January 7, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Job Summary 
This position supports primarily activities associated with the USM’s Monitoring Program of the Commercial Shrimp Trawl Fishery in Mississippi waters, which is part of the project entitled “Mississippi Marine Mammal and Turtle Conservation, Recovery, and Monitoring Program” funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The main goal of the Monitoring Program is to establish a collaborative, voluntary program with commercial shrimp fishermen operating in Mississippi state waters with an emphasis on understanding interactions of marine mammals and sea turtles with shrimp vessels. The selected applicant will work closely with captains and crews from shrimp vessels and with biologists from the USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Assists with tasks related to monitoring, including recruitment, scheduling and placement on vessels, tracking work hours, trip debriefing and other reporting.
  2. Performs data entry and Quality Assessment/Quality Control (QA/QC) of data.
  3. Supports data analysis, preparation of manuscripts and outreach.
  4. Participates in biological sampling, data collection and reporting tasks onboard commercial fishing vessels.
  5. Completes all necessary training to be eligible to perform monitoring tasks and as required for USM employees.
  6. Responsible for purchasing and maintaining materials, equipment and gear.
  7. Supports training sessions for monitoring, including preparing PowerPoint presentations and handouts, participates in and helps organize meetings, performs other duties as assigned (including work on other research projects as needed).

Minimum Qualifications 
A BS degree in marine biology, ecology, fisheries, or a related field with one year of professional work experience, or a MS degree.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Research experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Good to excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
  • Good to excellent statistical and computer skills.
  • Good to excellent verbal communication and writing competencies in English.
  • Good to excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to spend on average 2-3 days at sea multiple times a week. Must be able to work at sea in strenuous conditions (e.g., handle heavy lifting, working long hours in rough seas and irregular schedules) and maintain diplomacy and professionalism in challenging environments.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
Preferred Qualifications  
  • Experience with marine fish species identification (particularly in Mississippi coastal waters) and working on research or fishing vessels.
  • Experience tutoring or teaching in class-room settings.
  • Knowledge of GIS and R software; experience with online collaborative projects.
  • CPR, First-Aid and Boater’s Safety certifications.

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 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, 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 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 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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