Postdoctoral Research Associate – Estuarine Modeling @southernmiss

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Estuarine Modeling

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate – Estuarine Modeling.

Position Details


John C. Stennis Space Center

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

Marine Science

Position Type

Employment Status
Full Time

Grant Funded

Posting Close Date
Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include the following with your application: 1) a cover letter detailing qualifications; 2) a two-page statement of research interests; 3) a current curriculum vitae and; 4) names and contact information for three references.

Job Summary
Works closely with the USM Marine Science faculty on the continued development and application of a COAWST-based modeling system in the Mississippi Bight region with a particular focus on estuarine circulation and sediment transport processes. Presents research findings at regional, national and international conferences, meetings and workshops. Publishes interdisciplinary articles in scientific journals that report on the results of collaborative research effort. Contributes to and/or writes new funding proposals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

1. Conducts original research in the field of physical oceanography and coastal ocean modeling.

2. Develops and tests new methodologies in support of applied research goals.

3. Presents the results of original research at regional, national and/or international scientific conferences, workshops and meetings.

4. Prepares and submits the results of original research for publication in appropriate journals in the scientific literature.

5. Participates in project meetings and performs all other research duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent in Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Marine Science or similar field. Experience in numerical ocean modeling. Proficiency in MATLAB or similar scientific computing programming. Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Proven record of documenting research and technical work through written publications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficiency in MATLAB programming or similar data analysis/visualization
  • Knowledge of COAWST/ROMS modeling framework.
  • Skill in Microsoft Word and Power Point software packages

Preferred Qualifications 
Experience in modeling with COAWST/ROMS. Experience with interdisciplinary ocean modeling applications such as sediment resuspension and transport, estuarine dynamics, wind-wave interactions and/or coupling with ecosystem models. Familiarity with in-situ data analysis and model-data comparison. Familiarity with UNIX systems, parallel computing and scheduling systems. First author publications in refereed journals. Ability to communicate scientific results orally. Experience in proposal writing.

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¬†

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.