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University of Southern Mississippi - Assistant Professor of Hydrographic Science- MS

December 15, 2020 10:07 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE), is offering a position in hydrographic science at the tenure-track, Assistant Professor level for the hydrographic science academic programs offered through the Division of Marine Science (DMS) at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center (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 Stephan.howden@usm.edu.


A successful candidate is expected to conduct an active research program and participate in the hydrographic science degree programs including the masters and bachelor’s programs, which are recognized at the Category-A (Cat-A) and Category-B (Cat-B) levels, respectively, 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 is highly desirable.  There is also the opportunity for advisement of students pursuing the hydrographic science emphasis area in the Marine Science PhD program.


  1. Teach graduate courses in the MS Hydrographic Science Program
  2. Teach undergraduate courses in the BS Hydrographic Science Program
  3. Work with the faculty teaching in the Hydrographic Science programs to review curricula, plan and coordinate classes including practical exercises.
  4. Participate in the late July Hydrographic Science Masters Degree Comprehensive Exam
  5. Build and maintain a funded research program related to Hydrographic Science that funds graduate students
  6. Publish research results in peer-reviewed science and/or engineering literature.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


USM is a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leader in marine science. The School of Ocean Science and Engineering, combined with 5 research vessels and research centers focused on hydrography, marine and coastal sciences and fisheries provides an exceptional research and education environment for our students.  DMS is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine environments.  Sixteen on-site faculty conduct research and teach courses in biological oceanography, marine chemistry, geological oceanography, physical oceanography, remote sensing, numerical modeling, ocean engineering 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. (with a CAT-B hydrographic science emphasis option), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (including a Ph.D. with hydrography emphasis), Hydrographic Science M.S. (Cat-A) and B.S. in Ocean Engineering.  Located at SSC, DMS 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), USACE, NOAA, USGS, and NASA.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in hydrographic science, marine science, geomatics engineering, ocean engineering, or closely related field. Applicants will have demonstrated field and research experience, including a publication record in acoustic based hydrographic and bathymetric surveying, precise positioning at sea, and preferably experience in bathymetric LIDAR collection and processing. 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.


Demonstrated field and research experience, including a publication record in acoustic based hydrographic and bathymetric surveying, and precise positioning at sea. Proficiency in commercial software packages used to collect and process hydrographic data.


Bathymetric LIDAR collection and processing.  Oceanographic autonomous vehicle (AUV, ASV) application.

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