Overview

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), Division of Marine Science (DMS; http://www.usm.edu/marine/) is offering a position at the Gulf Park campus located in Long Beach, Mississippi for an Instructor in Hydrographic Science. Applicants should hold a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in hydrographic science, marine science, geomatics engineering, ocean engineering, or closely related field. Applicants should have demonstrated field experience in precise positioning at sea, underwater acoustic sensors, LIDAR and other remote sensing methods for acquiring bathymetry, hydrographic survey operations for nautical charting and other geospatial applications, water levels and vertical references, and the processing and management of hydrographic data. Proficiency in operating commercial GNSS, multibeam sonars, motion sensors, and software packages used to collect and process hydrographic data is expected. Teaching experience is highly desired. Applicants should also hold internationally or nationally recognized certifications in hydrography.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to help manage a newly developed undergraduate program in Hydrographic Science. The position’s duties include student recruitment and advisement, curricula delivery, review and development, and support of our planned December 2017 application to the International Board for Standards of Competency for Hydrographic Surveyors for the “Category B” level. This new undergraduate program is a 4-year degree program in Hydrographic Science as an Emphasis (specialty) option for the existing four-year B.S. curriculum in Marine Science available at the USM Gulf Coast campus in Long Beach, MS. With recognized Navy and Blue Economy needs for an entry level program in hydrographic science, a geographic proximity to Stennis Space Center (SSC) with the largest concentration of oceanographic scientists in the world, a vibrant Blue Economy in the Gulf Coast Region, and expertise with the Hydrographic Science graduate degree program, USM commenced this new STEM program that is presently available nowhere else in the USA. SOST integrates the Division of Marine Science, 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. While we are seeking an instructor position, there will be opportunities for him/her to contribute to research activities of the Hydrographic Science Research Center which recently received a NOAA/Office of Coast Survey $2M contract for a Mapping Center.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, their curriculum

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s or Ph.D. degree in hydrographic science, marine science, geomatics engineering, ocean engineering, or closely related field.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, their 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 Maxim van Norden, Chair of the Search Committee, at maxim.vannorden@usm.edu. Review of applications begins March 1, 2017 and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of July 3, 2017.

Additional University/Departmental Information:
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.

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.

Work Hours:
Work hours will vary depending on teaching schedule and office hours.