[ES_JOBS_NET] Hydrographic Science Faculty Position, The University of Southern Mississippi

Christopher Hayes christopher.t.hayes at usm.edu
Wed Jan 25 15:06:23 MST 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and 
Technology (SOST), Division of Marine Science (DMS; 
http://www.usm.edu/marine/) 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), 

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 https://jobs.usm.edu. For inquiries about the 
position, contact Stephan Howden, Chair of the Search Committee, at 
1-228-688-5284 or stephan.howden at usm.edu. Review of applications begins 
1 February 2017 and continues until the position is filled, with an 
anticipated start date of August 2017.

Christopher T. Hayes, Assistant Professor
School of Ocean Science and Technology
The University of Southern Mississippi
1020 Balch Boulevard | Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
office: 228-688-3469

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