Senior Research Scientist
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for
the position of Senior Research Scientist.
Location John C. Stennis Space Center
1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529
Division Hydrographic Science Research
Position Type Staff
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded Yes
Posting Close Date 5 days after posting
Special Instructions to Applicants
Southern Miss is an R1 Carnegie Research University – Highest Research
Activity and is the premier university in the Gulf South for marine science.
The Hydrographic Science Research Center is located at the John C. Stennis
Space Center, which is a “federal city” that boasts the world's largest
concentration of oceanographers. The successful candidate will be required to
pass a NASA background security check to work at Stennis, and a USM employment
The Hydrographic Science Research Center (HSRC) at The University of
Southern Mississippi is seeking to hire a Senior Research Scientist to expand
its uncrewed vehicles team. As part of a multidisciplinary research team this
senior position will provide technical and programmatic expertise to the
Director, serving as logistic coordinator for the HSRC AUV's, as well as the
Project Data Manager for the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI).
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Applicant will serve as AUV logistic coordinator. In this position he/she will be responsible for all AUV operations, mobilization, demobilization, missions, and checklist.
Oversee the AUVs Engineers in operation and maintenance of the HSRC uncrewed vehicles fleet.
Prepares work schedules, annual work plan and project budget requests; purchases equipment, commodities and services within purchasing authority; monitors expenditures of funds allocated to project related to uncrewed systems.
Serve as USM Data Manager for the NOAA Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute. In this role the applicant will be responsible of OECI related projects data collection and processing and assuring the compliance with OECI Data Management Plan. Coordinate with the other OECI partner institutions data managers in maintaining the OECI database up to date and efficient.
Oversees development, implementation, and management of research projects including writing proposals, planning, statements of works, budgets, scheduling, report and manuscript preparation and dissemination of information through conferences and presentations.
Participate in project meetings, leadcoordinate the project team members, and perform other research duties as assigned.
Ph.D. in Ocean Science, Hydrography, Earth Science plus at least 10 years of professional work experience and a demonstrated record of research achievement, or Master's degree in a relevant discipline plus at least 15 years of exceptional relevant professional work experience and a record of research achievement conducting/leading research in ocean exploration and mapping.
Proven experience in conducting at-sea operations using AUVs both for collecting bathymetric data and video data.
Proven experience in Multibeam data processing (bathymetry, seafloor reflectivity, water column backscatter) using Caris HIPS and SIPS
Proven experience in using the following software: ArchView GIS; IHS Kingdome; and Global Mapper,
Proven Experience using acoustic navigation systems, such as USBL and LBL including deploying mooring
Experience in workingleading effectively within a multidisciplinary team
Proven experience in preparing technical reports and delivering technical presentations
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent written and oral communication skills in the English
language and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individual
The candidate should have the ability to travel and work from large and
Should have demonstrated scientific, analytical, and numerical skills
Ability to utilize oceanographic/hydrographic data acquisition and
A logical and independent mind
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
Patience and determination
Knowledge of and proficiency with Microsoft Office
A PhD. in Ocean Science, Hydrography, Earth Science and/or related field plus 10+ years of experience working on an accredited research institution or academic program conducting research in ocean exploration and mapping.
Proven experience in collaborationparticipation in large multi year's multi institutions research projects (i.e. research consortia, international cooperation, etc.)
Track record of publications (peer review journals, meetings proceedings, technical reports) about seafloor mapping, benthic habitat characterization, sediments characterization and/or related topics
Experience in leading (chief scientist) scientific cruises and at-sea missions.
Experience in supervising/mentoring staff and students (undergraduate and/or graduate)
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. usm.edu.
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.