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Data Scientist I

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Data Scientist I.

Position Details

Location Marine Research Center

1030 West Pier, Port of Gulfport Gulfport, Mississippi, 39501 United States Division Ocean Enterprise Position Type Staff Employment Status Full Time Grant Funded Yes Salary Range 48,177.00 - 56,679.00 Pay Grade


Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Job Summary This is entry level, data scientist work with the responsibility for developing and implementing a diverse range of statistical, mathematical standards, computer programming, operations research, diagnostic methods, and techniques, to interpret data. Work is performed using independent judgement under the limited supervision of a higher-level scientist or an administrative or technical supervisor. Work is planned, reviewed, and evaluated in conferences with supervisor. This position is located at the Marine Research Center, in Gulfport MS and is part of the USM Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise. The Center works with industry, state and federal government and academic partners for research, development, testing and evaluation of ocean sensing buoys as well as uncrewed surface and subsurface marine vehicles including but not limited to platform, payload, command and control systems, power system and data integration/analysis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research to advance hardware, software, and techniques to develop computational algorithms and statistical methods that find patterns and relationships in large volumes of data.
  • Manage, collect, visualize, analyze, and summarize data, data reports, experiments, and field activities. Prepares material for publication, including maps, tables and other illustrative material.
  • Contribute to Ocean Enterprise goals by participating in developing proposals, keeping appropriate individuals on the OE staff informed of activities and providing status reports
  • Documenting milestones regarding ongoing projects.Participate in test and evaluation of UxS, other autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles or platforms and performs analysis of data collected.
  • Provides programmatic and technical support to project directors or principal investigators and collaborate with Ocean Enterprise, USM and external researcher as appropriate.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum four years of experience in data science research, applications, or similar occupation. Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Valid Driver's License is required.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret research periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures associated with research activities. Proficient writing skills are necessary to perform stated duties. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of data science professionals, customers, and the public. Ability to utilize, process, visualize, and analyze various geospatial data as well as can travel, and work from large and small vessels.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Master's degree from an accredited college or university data science, engineering, remote sensing, physical science, or a closely related field. Two years' experience in data science or related research. Valid Driver's License is required.

    Proficiency with Programming Languages/Platforms/Libraries such as C, Java, Python, R/RSudio, MATLAB, AWS Sagemaker, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Tensorflow, Keras, Scikit Learn, Pandas, Numpy, SQL, NOSQL (Mongo DB), ArcPy, Tableau, Docker, and ArcGIS. Enter preferred education and experience here if applicable. Please list preferred certificates, licenses, and registrations that are required.

    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 www.

    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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