Postdoctoral Research Scientist

University of Southern Mississippi

Stennis Space Center, MS, US

Graduate Assistantship in Marine Science / Hydrography at The University of Southern Mississippi

The Division of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for Postdoctoral research in the field of Marine Science and Marine Science with an emphasis in Hydrography, i.e., the science of mapping and characterizing the ocean floor. We seek skilled and motivated individuals for an exciting opportunity to work on funded projects to develop the next generation of underwater optical sensors and laser scanners. These projects aim to expand the capabilities of next-generation autonomous platforms to enable the measurement of water parameters as well as charting of the ocean floor. Research topics include the development of hardware for the next generation of autonomous platforms such as AUVs and ASVs, the testing of new sensor systems in the ocean, and the development of algorithms to process collected oceanographic data. This position also offers the opportunity to participate in research cruises and other fieldwork in the Gulf of Mexico and other bodies of water. Strong skills in optics, physics, mathematics, and general excellent engineering skills are crucial. Experience with data analysis and modeling is beneficial.

The University of Southern Mississippi, a Carnegie Research University, has been designated as Mississippi’s flagship university for marine science. USM’s Hydrography degree program is one of only three programs in North America that are recognized by the International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers for technical professionals. The Division of Marine Science is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Stennis is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers, housing offices for scientists associated with NASA, the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and USGS. Stennis is also in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for USM’s research vessel, Point Sur, and where USM has a new Marine Research Center, with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space. Division faculty expertise is multidisciplinary and includes biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists, hydrographers, and engineers. Learn more at Candidates must possess at least a B.S. degree. The GRE (verbal and quantitative) and TOEFL (for non-native English speakers) are required.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Gero Nootz via email (FirstName.LastName(at) and attach a resume or curriculum vitae, GRE score (unofficial acceptable), college transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and a brief statement of research interests.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 – $65,000.00 per year


  • Flexible Schedule
  • Health Insurance
  • Retirement Plan


  • Doctorate (Required)

This Job Is:

  • A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply


  • Monday to Friday

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Work Remotely:

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