The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Coordinator & Instructor/Asst. Teaching Professor, Hydrographic Science.

Position Details


John C. Stennis Space Center

1020 Balch Blvd Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, 39529 United States

Division Marine Science

Position Type Faculty

Employment Status Full Time

Grant Funded No

Posting Close Date Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted through the jobs.usm.edu 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.

Job Summary

The Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites qualified applicants for a full-time, 12-month, position as Coordinator & Instructor (or Assistant Teaching Professor, if holding a terminal degree) of the Hydrographic Science B.S. and M.S. programs in the Division of Marine Science. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

We seek qualified applicants for a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track position as Coordinator and Instructor/Asst. Teaching Professor of Hydrography to join the Marine Science faculty in the Division of Marine Science.

The candidate is expected to coordinate, execute, and continue to develop a comprehensive academic program in hydrography, at the undergraduate and graduate level, in accordance with International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards. The undergraduate program is a 4-year curriculum providing a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science with emphasis in Hydrography. The graduate program is an intensive 1-2 year curriculum with significant classroom coursework and field exercise, including a capstone project. The candidate can expect to be involved in research activities with the Hydrographic Science Research Center, but the primary focus of this position is program coordination and teaching.

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 Coast 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

  • Applicants must hold a M.S. degree in hydrography, oceanography, or a related field with 5 years or more of hydrographic surveying experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in hydrography, oceanography, or a related field and post-doctoral experience, and a demonstrated record of service, grant development, communication, and commitment to diversity.

For further inquiry regarding the position, please contact Dr. Stephan Howden, stephan.howden@usm.edu.

About University of Southern Mississippi

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 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.