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Master Student Positions at Ocean Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi
Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
Support is available for two years-non renewable-approximately $2000/month-tuition isn't covered
Closing date
Jun 29, 2022

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Ocean Science
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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No Relocation
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Two graduate positions at master’s level are available at the School of Ocean Science and Engineering, University of Southern Mississippi (Gulfpark Campus – Gulfport Mississippi). Each position is focused on a project described below:

Opportunity Description:

Position 1: Long term flow and sediment transport measurements in the West Pearl River and Rigolets. To this end, we will establish two permanent stations of Fluvial Acoustic Tomography and Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler to collect the required data. The funding for this position is available for two years. Candidates with experience in Underwater Acoustics, Acoustic Tomography, Signal Processing, and interest in Ocean Engineering, Fieldwork, as well as strong quantitative and writing skills are encouraged to apply.

Position 2: Characterizing the physical properties of natural hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. The project is funded by NSF and has an ambitious instrumentation plan which will be executed in GC185, Gulf of Mexico. One of the objectives is to use PTV techniques to measure the size and rise velocity of bubbles emitted from a natural seep over an extended period (+3 months). The project is a collaboration among University of Georgia, University of Missouri, and University of Southern Mississippi.  The student will have the opportunity to take part in two scientific cruises in 2023. Through the first cruise a comprehensive suite of instruments will be deployed and recovered after +3 months. Candidates with experience in Particle Tracking Velocimetry, Image Processing, Turbulence, Fieldwork, as well as strong quantitative and writing skills are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to send their CV with a short letter of interest (max 300 words) to mahdi.razaz at


The appointment is for 24 months, with no possibility of renewal. There is some limited RA/TA opportunity. Tuition fee is not covered. 

Applicants MUST be eligible to obtain the security clearance required for entering a federal city (Stennis Space Center).

Feel free to forward to possible interested candidates and to contact me for any further details.


Mahdi Razaz

Assistant Professor, Division of Marine Science

School of Ocean Science & Engineering

University of Southern Mississippi

1020 Balch Blvd.

Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-9904

Email: mahdi.razaz at

Phone: 228-688-6268



Founded in 1910, Southern Miss is a Carnegie Research University – High Research Activity, and was designated in 1981 as Mississippi’s flagship university for marine science by the Institutions of Higher Learning. The Department of Marine Science was founded in 1985 as the Center for Marine Science and in 1986 relocated to the John C. Stennis Space Center on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Stennis is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers, housing offices for NASA, U.S. Navy, NOAA, USGS, EPA and NGI. Department faculty expertise is multidisciplinary and includes biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists and hydrographers. Learn more at
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