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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Remote Sensing

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

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 Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references with your application. 
Job Summary
Conduct research to understand the natural variability of angular scattering by oceanic particles and its impact on retrieving biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

1. Conducts and analyzes laboratory and field measurements to determine the volume scattering functions and other optical and biogeochemical parameters;

2. Investigates the impact of particle characteristics on the volume scattering function and the polarization

3. Develops inversion algorithms that utilize polarization information in particle scattering

4. Investigates if and how additional information gained from angular and polarized scattering measurements can better constrain the estimation of biogeochemical stocks from ocean color observations

5. Reports the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 
Candidates are required to have a Ph. D. degree in the field of marine science, remote sensing, or a closely related physical science discipline by the time of application. Candidates must possess demonstrable experience in conducting science with peer-reviewed publications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent command of the English language in both written and verbal communication, quantitative analytical skills, and scientific programming proficiency are important. The position requires occasional travel for conferences and possible extended field trip onboard a research vessel at sea.       

Preferred Qualifications  
Experience in analyzing and interpreting optical measurements collected in the lab and/or from the field and applying ocean color remote sensing data.

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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