Assistant Professor (Hydrographic Science)

University of Southern Mississippi

Stennis Space Center, MS, US

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), Division of Marine Science (DMS; at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is offering a position in hydrographic science at the tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor level. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a hydrographic science, marine science, geomatics engineering, ocean engineering, or closely related field. Applicants will have demonstrated field and research experience in acoustic and LIDAR-based hydrographic and bathymetric surveying, and precise positioning at sea. Proficiency in commercial software packages used to collect and process hydrographic data is expected. Also desirable is an interest in applying hydrographic technologies to collaborative opportunities in marine science, including biological, chemical, physical, geological and fisheries oceanography. A nationally recognized record of publication, demonstrated successful grantsmanship, and at least 5 years service at a degree-granting institution or equivalent service at a non-degree granting institution are needed at the Associate-level. A successful candidate is expected to conduct an active research program and participate in the hydrographic science master’s program, which is recognized at the Category-A (Cat-A) level by the International Hydrographic Organization. The latter efforts include curricula review, delivery and development of the program, and faculty experience in delivering a Cat-A hydrographic science curricula are highly desirable. The development of courses for a new hydrography emphasis in the undergraduate Marine Science degree program is also expected.

Along with DMS, SOST integrates the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the Division of Coastal Sciences, and the University’s fleet of five research vessels, to form a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leader in marine science. DMS is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine environments. Seventeen on-site faculty conduct research and teach courses in biological oceanography, marine chemistry, geological oceanography, physical oceanography, remote sensing, numerical modeling, and hydrography to ~50 full-time graduate students at SSC and ~40 undergraduates at the USM Gulf Park campus. The Division offers Marine Science B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and a Hydrographic Science M.S. Located at SSC, Marine Science is strategically situated at the single largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers in the world. Faculty interact with research scientists at government agencies located on site and at the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Center of Excellence (JALBTCX) including the Naval Oceanographic Office, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL-SSC), USACE, NOAA, USGS, and NASA.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. Applications must be submitted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Stephan Howden, Chair of the Search Committee, at 1-228-688-5284 or [email protected]. Review of applications begins 1 February 2017 and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2017.