Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Associate Professor in Estuarine and Coastal Ecology

The University of Southern Mississippi
Ocean Springs, MS
Closing Date
Nov. 15, 2019

The Division of Coastal Sciences 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 Estuarine/Coastal Ecology at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in Fall 2020.

We seek an ecologist with a focus on estuarine/coastal organisms and ecosystems. Potential areas of research include, but are not limited to: fish/fisheries ecology; trophic ecology; natural and anthropogenic stressors in coastal ecosystems; ecosystem modeling. The candidate will be expected to: (1) develop a strong, nationally recognized and externally funded research program; (2) publish in peer-reviewed literature; (3) mentor graduate students; and (4) participate in graduate instruction in the Division of Coastal Sciences and School of Ocean Science and Engineering. Evaluation of applications will consider the potential of candidates to develop collaboration within SOSE, as well as with other USM academic units including the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences.

SOSE includes two academic divisions, the Division of Coastal Sciences and the Division of Marine Science, and four R&D centers: the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, the Marine Education Center, and the Hydrographic Science Research Center. The position will be located in Ocean Springs at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Research program support includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation; a fleet of small and large research vessels including the R/V Point Sur; the GCRL Museum collection; facilities at the Center for Fisheries Research and Development (CFRD) and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TCMAC); and the NSF I/UCRC Science Center for Marine Fisheries.


  • Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline;
  • Publication in peer-reviewed literature and a record of scholarship, service, and grant development are preferred.

To Apply

Apply online at usm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1098&site=1. For full consideration, submit the following by November 15, 2019:

  • Letter of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments, and plans;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • PDFs of three representative publications;
  • Contact information for three references.

All documents must be uploaded at the time of submission.

Other Information

Ocean Springs is known for its beauty, natural resources, and arts community. It is home to galleries, restaurants, and schools that are ranked among the best in the state.

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