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Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator

Marine Science, School of Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Southern Mississippi
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
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Jan 19, 2022

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Job Title: Asst. Teaching Professor/Instructor & Coordinator, Uncrewed Maritime Systems Certificate Program

Division: School of Ocean Science and Engineering – Marine Science
Date Prepared: 14th September 2021
Reports To: Associate Director – School of Ocean Science and Engineering – Marine Science

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted through the candidate portal.  For full consideration, send 1) letter of interest; 2) full vitae; 3) statement of teaching accomplishments, plans and philosophy; and 4) names and contact information of three references.  All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of January 2022.

For further inquiry regarding the position, please contact Dr. Anand Hiroji, (

Job Summary:

The Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi invites qualified applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position as Assistant Teaching Professor (or Instructor, depending upon terminal degree) and Coordinator of the Uncrewed Maritime Systems Certificate Program, to begin in Spring 2022. This position is a full-time, 9-month academic position with the opportunity to pursue external funding for the summer months. Salary will be commensurate with experience.    

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will coordinate the Uncrewed Maritime Systems (UMS) certificate programs in the Division of Marine Science and serve as the primary instructor of the associated courses. Presently the program includes the Tier 1 (UMS Certificate) offering, which consists of a 10 credit hour course sequence, and the Tier 2 (UMS Operator Certificate) offering, which consists of a 12 credit hour course sequence that presently focuses on buoyancy gliders. These programs are delivered in a concentrated 5-week period each semester, in order to provide the students with an immersive environment and team building experience.

The coordination responsibilities include assisting the SOSE Director and Associate Director with managing the program budget, writing reports, outreach and recruiting students, interfacing with the continuing education coordinators of our federal agency partners (e.g., US Navy, NOAA, Army Corp of Engineers), overseeing the student enrollment process, continuing curation of curricula, ongoing development / expansion of program offerings, recruiting subject matter expert guest lecturers that provide exposure to cutting edge technologies of this fast developing field, and ensuring that student laptops, software, lab equipment, and facilities are maintained.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Master's degree in physical science, engineering or a related field and have demonstrated experience with uncrewed maritime systems. The successful candidate will be required to pass a NASA background security check to work at Stennis, and a USM employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD degree in a closely related field with research experience and/or teaching experience at a research university. Candidates must have demonstrated experience with uncrewed maritime systems. The candidate should have post-doctoral research experience, a demonstrated record of scholarship, service, grant development, communication, and commitment to diversity.


Additional Information:

The SOSE includes two academic divisions, Marine Science and Coastal Sciences. Several R&D centers, including the Hydrographic Science Research Center, the Marine Research Center, and the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, have research personnel that work closely with faculty in the academic divisions and research infrastructure that is available to support student training. The Division of Marine Science is based at the NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. Stennis Space Center is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers. 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 including its National Data Buoy Center and the National Centers for Environmental Information.

SOSE graduate and undergraduate programs extend across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical, and geological oceanography, as well as hydrographic science and undergraduate ocean engineering.  Marine Science faculty and graduate programs are based out of Stennis Space Center, where the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered. The Marine Science, Hydrographic Science and Ocean Engineering B.S. degree programs are delivered at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS as well as at USM’s main campus in Hattiesburg, MS. The Long Beach campus is near the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for USM’s R/V Point Sur. The Port of Gulfport also features the Marine Research Center, which has a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space. Gulfport will be the future site of the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise and the home port of a new 199-ft UNOLS Regional Class Research Vessel (R/V Gilbert R. Mason).

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. For more information about Southern Miss, visit our website at

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