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Research Technician - Crustacean Biology

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

Position Details
Location Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division School of Ocean Science and Engineering
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please upload a current CV and a cover letter describing relevant qualifications and experience. 

Job Summary
The primary duties of the research technician are to assist with a recently funded project examining distribution, abundance, and reproductive output of blue crabs in Mississippi Sound. Duties will include a combination of laboratory sample processing and field work. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
1. Assist with monthly field sampling and experiments to assess blue crab abundance, distribution, and reproductive output. Sampling will rely on crab traps and trawls. 

2. Process egg samples in the laboratory to determine egg quality and fecundity. 

3. Assist with data analysis and manuscript preparation. 

4. Assist with other ongoing field and laboratory projects

5. Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications 
B.S. degree and 3-years of work experience in a lab/field research setting. 

Must have at least 3 years of experience working on small boats. Must be capable of towing, launching, and recovering a small boat. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Demonstrated scientific, analytical, and numerical skills.
Demonstrated ability to operate small vessels. 
Ability to be flexible.
A logical and independent mind.
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
Patience and determination.
Teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
Ability and willingness to conduct field work in hot, cold, or rainy conditions. 

Preferred Qualifications
 Must have an M.S. degree in a relevant field (biology, coastal sciences, etc.) 

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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