Asst or Assoc Professor - Biological Oceanography; University of Southern Mississippi

Job Title: 
Asst or Assoc Professor - Biological Oceanography
Job Location: 
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
Full Time
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted through the candidate portal.  For full consideration, send by 3/1/2019 1) letter of interest, 2) vitae, 3) statement of research interests and plans, 4) statement of teaching accomplishments, plans and philosophy, 5) names of three references.  All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission.

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 or Associate Professor level to begin in Fall 2019. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate is expected to develop and deliver courses in their field of specialization. 

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

The candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program, publish in peer-reviewed literature, mentor graduate students, participate in graduate instruction and develop courses in their area of study.  The successful candidate should demonstrate the potential to contribute across disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of the academic and research programs within the SOSE.  

Additional Information
The SOSE includes two academic divisions, Marine Science, and Coastal Sciences, and several R&D centers including: Hydrographic Science Research Center, Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center.  The Division of Marine Science is based 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, including the National Data Buoy Center.

Marine Science graduate and undergraduate programs extend across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, as well as hydrographic science and ocean engineering.  Marine Science faculty and graduate programs are housed at Stennis Space Center, where the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered. The Marine Science and Ocean Engineering B.S. degree programs are delivered at the USM Gulf Coast Campus in Long Beach, MS as well as at USM’s main campus in Hattiesburg, MS.  The Long Beach campus is in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for USM’s R/V Point Sur and the recently opened USM Marine Research Center, that features a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biological oceanography, oceanography, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral experience, and a demonstrated record of scholarship, service, grant development, communication, and commitment to diversity.  For appointment at the Associate level, candidates should also have demonstrated a national or international reputation for excellence in their discipline.


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 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, 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 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 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

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