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Postdoctoral Researcher

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Up to $55,000 per year and benefits
Closing date
Jan 23, 2022

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Biogeosciences, Hydrology, Natural Hazards, Near Surface Geophysics
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The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher within the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences (BEES). We seek expertise in fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic modeling, and/or sediment/soil quality for a project emphasizing sedimentation along river-floodplain systems of interest to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC). The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers in the Schools of Coastal Resilience and Ocean Science and Engineering and, if desired, instruct classes within the School of BEES. The appointment is for one year with a salary up to $55,000 and benefits; two additional years could be available if a continuing agreement is approved. Additional research support, including funds for conference and/or workshop travel, is available. The start date would commence as early as January 1, 2022.

Primary duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  1. Work closely with PI and the multi-disciplinary research team to plan, design, and execute field, lab, and analytical research activities.
  2. Utilize analytical software applicable to candidate's expertise.
  3. Facilitate development of project-related reports and manuscripts.
  4. Communicate research findings to collaborators, scientists, and students.
  5. If applicable to candidate's expertise - Conduct field work in variable and difficult conditions.
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter detailing qualifications and relevant experience, 2) CV, 3) a statement of research interest (not to exceed 2 pages), and 4) names and contact information for three professional references. The successful candidate will have completed their Ph.D. in Geoscience, Environmental Science, Soil Science, Environmental Engineering, or related field. For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Frank Heitmuller at

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 across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 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 large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 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 more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 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.

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