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Assistant Professor of Biological Oceanography

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Biological Oceanography.

Position Details LocationJohn C. Stennis Space Center

1020 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529
United States DivisionMarine Science Position TypeFaculty Employment StatusFull Time Grant FundedNo Posting Close DateOpen Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted through the candidate portal.For full consideration, send 1) letter of interest, 2) vitae, 3) statement of research interests and plans, 4) statement of teaching accomplishments, plans and philosophy, 5) names of four references.All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. Review of applications begins 1 February 2020 and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2020. For further inquiry regarding the position, please contact Dr. Xiaodong Zhang,

Job Summary
The Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi invites qualified applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Biological Oceanography at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2020. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
We seek qualified applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position as an assistant professor in Biological Oceanography to join the Marine Science faculty in the Division of Marine Science.

The successful candidates are expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise students, and provide outstanding teaching in their field of specialization. The successful candidate should also demonstrate the potential to contribute across disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of the academic and research programs within SOSE.

Additional Information
USM offers an exceptional environment for a successful career in marine science with tremendous strength in collaboration across science, engineering, education and outreach. A regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized leader in marine science, SOSE comprises two academic divisions (Marine Science and Coastal Science), several R&D centers (Hydrographic Science Research Center, Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center), and a fleet of research vessels. SOSE is rapidly expanding with a Center for Ocean Enterprise just breaking ground in October 2019 and a regional-class R/V funded by NSF to be delivered in 2022.

Division of Marine Sciences offers graduate and undergraduate programs across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, as well as hydrographic science and ocean engineering. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered at the NASA Stennis Space Center, where Marine Science faculty benefit from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including the Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the USGS and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center. The Marine Science and Ocean Engineering B.S. degree programs are delivered at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS, at USM’s main campus in Hattiesburg, MS, as well as at the recently opened USM Marine Research Center, which features a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicantsmust hold a Ph.D. in biological oceanography, oceanography, or a related field.The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background securitycheck to work at Stennis, and a USM employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications Preferencewill be given to candidates with post-doctoral experience, and a demonstratedrecord of scholarship, service, grant development, communication, andcommitment to diversity.

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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